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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Eames House and Wolf House

Similarities between the Eames House (1949) and the Wolf House:

: structural devices exposed and made of steel (steel joists in Eames House, Steel trusses in Wolf House)
: detailing exclusively with steel and glass
: exposed structural elements (corrugate metal decking in Eames House)

Here are pictures of the Eames House. The house was originally designed as a proposal for prefabricated housing, using materials that were readily available on the market. The space in the house was a result of its structural elements-- all made of steel.

Eames House: Steel joists and corrugated metal decking give an industrial effect

These elements are continued inside the Wolf House as well

The following image is an interior picture of the Wolf House. The same corrugated metal decking and steel structural elements can be found, and are expressed in the interior of the house as well, just as in the Eames House.

Interior picture of the Wolf House

The steel elements in combination with the modern bath 
fixtures  express an idea about dwelling in which a space can 
feel intimate and personal, despite contradictory stylistic choices.

In both buildings, the choice of exposed steel structural elements achieve a certain personality and hyper modernist style within the home. It creates an industrially themed feeling to the rooms, and attempts to convey a message about modern dwelling. In the case of the Eames House, it is the idea of prefabricated homes that cost a tenth of the price of usual wood framed homes and that can still feel personal. The industrial atmosphere is embraced, but in the case of both the Eames House and the Wolf House, the life of the spaces are dependent on the furniture the home owner chooses. The steel framework and structure lays out a canvas for the home owner's personality, which can be observed in the interior of both homes.

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