3D Diagram

We were assigned to make 3D Diagram in the light of the given case study list (9 houses) and 2 phrases. You can see list of the case studies and the phrases I picked below.

Le Corbusier, Villa Curutchet / Argentina, 1949
Frederick Kiesler, Endless House / Unbuild, 1950
MVRDV, Balancing Barn / Suffolk, United Kingdom, 2010
Shigeru Ban, Wall-less House / Japan, 1997
Serhat Akbay, Bağevi, İzmir, 2000
Peter Eisenman, House II, 1968
Ahmet Alataş, ipera 25, İstanbul, 2011
Christian Kerez, House with a Missing Column / Zürich, 2014
Smiljan Radic, House for the Poem of the Right Angle / Chile, 2005

reading the material & narrow explosion

Instead of taking the meanings of phrases literarily, we were suppose to interpret them based on the given case studies. Here, the implied interpretation must be in a more abstract way. First, we need to understand, know, and analyze the houses very well so that we can able to find or build some relations between the houses and the phrases. These phrases are like initiators to guide us. They were relate to almost anything. Let’s see how did I interpret them?

The first phrase; reading the material. I thought that how materials are important pieces that may provide the basis for some integrated work, in the same way, I established an idea that the spatial organization is a needed material symbolically to design & produce a house. This association came to my mind when I perceived that each house is special with their own essential spatial configurations, and the spaces are organized under special characteristics. Yet, if we talk about THE material, then the spatial arrangement come into promience, I interpreted. Here, I thought the definition of the reading as apprehending the meaning. So, the phrase could sound like apprehending the spatial arrangement of houses.

The second phrase; narrow explosion. “One of Frederick Kiesler‘s main arguments for the derivation of the shape of Endless House is that it is based on a lighting system; a shape that would allow ample light to reach every corner of the room without being broken up by corners and interior walls of a conventional building.” On the other hand, there is absence of the windows on a lot of the facades of House for the Poem of the Right Angle, and the tubes on top of the house allow the light get into the interior. “There is a vast contrast in light levels throughout ‘House for the Poem of the Right Angle’ with some areas seemingly devoid of windows.”. “The interior spaces offer innovative plays on light and dark.” At the same time, there is Wall-less house for example, the abscence of walls allows the light to enter the house. There is no restriction (limitation) in light, so there is no privacy. By considering all these, I interpreted the word narrow as being limited in space. For example, the light to be limited in a space so that there occurs a maximization in the condition privacy. In this manner, this maximization, this increase represent the explosion.


While I am thinking how hard it is to overcome this all process of interpreation, a new challenge came: 3D Diagram! This time, I tried to express what I thought until now in a diagrammatic way, then made its model. Instead of modelling the each phrase separately, I wanted to bring them together in a common point. So, I made a new interpretation of what I interpreted (my goodness!!!!!).

These all explanations above made me think that while ‘reading the material’ makes sense as a gradual process, ‘narrow explosion’ is perceived as a sudden change. So, starting from the mark on the left side of the photograph, the dissolution of relations of triangles rotates clockwise, and this represent this gradual process & perceiving slowly. On the other hand, the start and the end part stands side by side, and this situation symbolizes the sudden & more rapid change compared to the other one. I hope it is visible.

If I am really overdo the make up, please let me know. Anyway, I think it is still better to be overfigurative! (too much to handle!!!!!!)

The -ish



I have a multipurpose stair-ish element in my model.

  • It carries people from one place to another as the main function of staircase (access).
  • Underneath of the stair, a new space comes into existence and also it gives enclosure to that space but it does not block light to come inside.
  • People use steps to sit.
  • There is gaps between the steps of stair, it provides the transparency.
  • The shape of the repeating steps direct and orient people.
  • Some steps stretch in one direction to introduce another spaces.
  • On one side, the aligned finish of steps represent limit.


  • Orient and direct human body like a hallway.
  • Provide access + connect two spaces.

Vertical planar element like a column

  • Provides access by climbing.
  • Divides + limits spaces.
  • Blocks view.
  • Orients human because of it block the access.
  • Together with a horizontal plane, it creates sitting area (at the top). (Separately, this sitting area provides light.)

Elevated floor

  • Level differentiation creates sitting area.
  • The elevated floor turns to define another space.
  • The elevated floor becomes like a focus point, so, it orients human.


  • Transparency.
  • Provides view + light
  • Decrease enclosure level.