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Four Eyes House by Edward Ogosta Architecture

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Four Eyes House by Edward Ogosta Architects, image courtesy Edward Ogosta Architecture.

Located in the middle of the Coachella desert, Four Eyes House by Edward Ogosta Architecture – winner of AIA Small Project Award – proposes four ‘sleeping towers’, four bedrooms elevated on the top of observatory-like structures, that offer four different viewing experiences: morning sunrise to the east, mountain range to the south, evening city lights to the west, and nighttime stars overhead. While the elevated bedrooms are meant to provide an isolation experience for the inhabitants and are not assigned to a particular member of the family to prompt rotation, the common spaces are organized around the tower-like volumes in an open plan configuration, allowing for a more permeable relationship to the landscape.

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Here is the description by the Architect:

A weekend desert residence for a family and their dog, the Four Eyes House is an exercise in site-specific experiential programming. Rather than planning the house according to a domestic functional program, the building was designed foremost as an instrument for intensifying a number of onsite phenomenal events.

Four “sleeping towers” are oriented towards four spatiotemporal viewing experiences: morning sunrise to the east, mountain range to the south, evening city lights to the west, and nighttime stars overhead. Each tower contains a compact top-floor bedroom, sized only for the bed, and each with a unique aperture directed towards the view. These bedrooms are equally-sized and unassigned, such that the family’s sleeping locations can be rotated based on each individual’s desired viewing experience. Vertical circulation within the towers is similarly particularized (e.g. ladders, spiral stair, switchback stair, or shallow-riser stair). Ground-floor common spaces form a loose connective field between the discrete tower volumes, and offer a more permeable relationship to the landscape.

The sensations of sleeping and waking are thus inflected by the building’s foregrounding of intensified onsite experiential events. By sleeping in a room elevated off the ground and open to the stars, one might inhabit a deep pocket of silence for a few moments, and perhaps even perceive the movement of the Earth, as it slowly rotates beneath the stars.

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Four Eyes House, Ground Floor Plan.

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Four Eyes House, Second Floor Plan.

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Four Eyes House, Third Floor Plan.

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Four Eyes House, Section A – A.

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Four Eyes House, Section B – B.

Project Info
Location: Coachella Valley, California
Date: 2010-2012
Type: residential
Awards: AIA Small Projects Award 2013 (national), AIA Center for Emerging Professionals 2013 exhibition selection (national), AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award 2012, Boston Society of Architects Unbuilt Architecture Honor Award 2012

source: Edward Ogosta Architecture