Now in his 80s, Eric continues to design and build in the signature "organic architecture" style of his grandfather, where building and surroundings engage each other to create a style of life akin to living with nature, not merely in it. This house is the third century of Wright architecture, yet the most "outstanding feature is that it, like the elements of a chaji, it is literally not out-standing. In this case, it cannot be seen from any road. When the structural concrete pour (walls, floor, internal supports) was completed, the adjacent hillside at the “back” of the building was pushed against the "back" wall, carpeted the roof, blended into the profile of the second story and formed part of the wall of the entryway. It is seamlessly connected to the earth.
It’s a powerful decision to turn one’s back to hugeness, but essential to establish a barrier to cultivate the notion of intimacy and camaraderie.
There is a reason that the nijiriguchi, small hatchway entrance to a tea hut, is one of the key elements of chashitsu design: to draw into narrow-focus the mind and heart toward the matter at hand.
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