simon de aguero: brittlebush
‘brittlebush’ by simón de agüero all images courtesy simón de agüero
simón de agüero, a recent graduate of the frank lloyd wright school of architecture in taliesin, arizona, has sent us images of his design-build project, ‘brittlebush’. the design is an experimental desert dwelling for winter residents of the area.
featuring an open-air living space, the shelter largely incorporates tensile fabric structures into its design to provide a tent-like covering. the masts and anchors on the structure can adaptively accommodate a 150 square-foot roof membrane of either shade-cloth or vinyl. the living space is circumscribed with a jagged, three-inch rammed-earth wall framed in steel. a raised bed platform for one is situated above a fireplace for passive winter heating.
the majority of the material used for ‘brittlebush’ were recovered or found on site: 90% of the steel was salvaged from the school scrap yard, all of the wood used for the formwork was waste from a local renovation project, and the earth used for the walls was from on-site.
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in contrast to the traditionalism of the surrounding estate, the building houses its functions in minimalist, graphic efficiency.
the villa was designed by architect henri sauvage for the furniture designer louis majorelle around 1901-1902.
the innovative concept is developed to serve the ever-increasing number of people who live without cars.
the construction video of the almost complete building shows just one part of the 67-hectare mixed-use masterplan.