The Hydrohouse uses several strategies in order to tie typical dwelling routines to environmental cognition. The partition system is an architectural manifestation of privacy. In they Hydrohouse the partition system is filled with water collected on the roof or piped in from the ocean. As water is used, the walls will droop, making the dwelling less private. Consumption, typically a hyperobject, is revealed to the dweller. The rotating shell not only highlights the rise and fall of the sea, it also takes away the privilege of capturing nature in a view from the user.
shell rotation independent of floor
“if dirty old Nature could be kept under the proper degree of control (sex left in, streptococci taken out) by other means, the United States would be happy to dispense with architecture and buildings altogether.”
THE VILLA SAVOYE: The use of pilotis elevates the house away from the ground. Both metaphorically and physically the user is elevated above the nature they occupy. A loss of the natural ground plane creates an area of occupation that is distinct from the natural landscape, but feels real. The sensation of reality is augmented with the use of ribbon windows. Ribbon windows bring the landscape into the house but in a way that flattens the dynamic landscape into artwork. The landscape is literally framed as an aesthetic resource.
In the hydrohouse, privacy is tied to consumption. As the occupant consumes, privacy is lost.
decommodify the view by allowing it to be controlled by the sea