Peter Eisenman is an internationally renowned architect, theorist and teacher, who made his mark during the 1980s in United States as a leading figure in deconstructive architecture. The constant parallel he established between philosophy and linguistics allowed him to rethink architecture’s history, along with its functioning and limits, inventing configurations that intensify the user’s spatial and temporal experience.
27 April- 16 September, 2018
88 Rue du Colombier, Orléans
“Deconstruction is perhaps a way of questioning the architectural model itself – this architectural model which is a question of a general order, even at the heart of philosophy, the metaphor of foundations, superstructures, what Kant calls “the architectonic”, etc., as well as the concept of the arkhê … and perhaps the architecture itself ” Jacques Derrida
The Guardiola House (1986-1988) evokes traces left by decomposing the movements of a form sliding along a slope, much like a wave on the sand. Designed for Cadiz bay in Spain, the housing project is the result of operations that manipulate (rotation, displacement, superposition, shift) a basic geometrical figure: the cube.
With this project, the architecture refers only to itself and the process that developed it. It does not present any signs traditionally evoking a house: most of the living areas overhang empty space, opaque walls block the seascapes, floor windows constrict users’ habits, and appear to be suspended in the air. The generated spatial complexity creates a disorientated and fragmented perception of space that challenges us to rethink the relationship between the habitat and the inhabitant.