Fall 2015 | 2 Month Long Project | Completed in a group of 3
This precedent study was our first project as architecture students. It introduced us to architectural research, hand drafting, and model making.
My team was tasked with studying Villa Snellman. It is a small house in Djursholm, Sweden, designed in 1917 by Gunnar Asplund for the Snellman family. At first glance, the house seems very simple, but it actually is full of subtle complexities. For example, it follows the basic L-shape that defines a central courtyard, but the "L" is actually an 84 degree angle, not 90. The windows on the back of the house also appear very uniform at first glance, but a closer look reveals that the windows on the second floor don't line up with the windows on the first floor.
The reason for these quirks is because Asplund wanted the house to be extremely functional for the family that it served. He would place windows where they would be used the most, rather than where the pattern suggested they be. This simplicity and emphasis on function lead to Asplund becoming the biggest father-figure of the Nordic Neoclassical movement and he would go on to have a huge influence on the work of Alvar Aalto.