This project attempts to deconstruct one of the most iconic and recognised works of architecture of the 20th Century. The Eames house has been rigorously documented, detailed and analysed since completion, possibly to a point of exhaustion. This has taken place through various mediums, from the original evocative Charles and Ray Eames films and photographs within the house itself, to more recent low-tech architecture student video fly-throughs on youtube, and every attempt to re-draw a detail, plan and section in between.
However, despite all attempts, no single document has been successful in synthesising the technical, atmospheric and tactile information of the house. The original drawings for the house itself remain locked behind closed doors of the US library of congress, rarely accessible to the architectural investigator. Indeed, a simple google search for documents on one of the most famous houses in Modernist architecture wields low resolution drawings that seem to be half complete and missing important technical information.
This drawing is the culmination of many different avenues of research and enquiry via many different documents, some more accurate and reliable than others. The drawing is a forensic archeological document in this project, never fully complete, and used as a working tool that is constantly under the scrutiny of new evidence and new information as it is found. It is a fictional collage of real interior tectonic components – heating and cooling technologies, structural elements, interior linings, furnishings and partitions.
The document attempts to move away from the tired and tried attempt at drawing only the technical realities of the house, and instead explores an imaginary condition which has the potential to re-configure the house according to its most important sum of parts. The axonometric drawing is thus used as a vehicle for synthesis and summary, through which the complexity of multiple layers are collaged together – not necessarily to accurately depict their placement or position within the real building, but rather to reveal the tectonic inter-relationships between them, and potentially uncover a new reading of the house as an architectural artefact.