Olnick Spanu House From Estudio Campo Baeza Echoes their Rufo House
I am beginning to think that architectural offices might work in the same way as fashion houses. In my youth I worked as a designer for a Pierre Cardin licensee and people would ask me why our company showed such ridiculous things in the Paris shows.
Our job at the New York licensee was to take the extreme idea and make it work in reality, yet still connect with the Paris runway show version; a kind of caricature of an overall idea, in a broad sketch, as an extreme example.
Here’s what looks to me like an example of the same kind of procedure by the enormously talented Javier Callejas of Estudio Campo Baeza, from the world of architecture:
Above, the “runway” version: the Rufo House, a beautiful but strange house which I covered here previously.
Below, The Olnik Spanik House. The more grounded version of this kind of extreme idea; note the similarities…
Here, the livable version. Still beautiful, but without the crazy edge.
And here, the platform inspiration:
Below, the interior: super sleek, but still livable
And now, the runway version. It has the scale of train station platform.
Even the view of the view through the back, seen below:
And back to the prototype:
What do you think? Is there a variety of architecture that is like runway shows for the equivalent of fashionistas?