Compare And Contrast House And Farnsworth House

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The Eames House and Farnsworth house do share common material and tectonic expression. They are constructed of similar materials and in somewhat similar fashions. Additionally, both forms are constructed in a fashion that allows them to be apart of its surrounding site. However, they do have divergences. They differ mainly in how they relate to their surroundings, and how their different constructions allow the surroundings to affect the forms. Additionally, tectonics and material expression are both still very important and relevant in modern day architecture, and there are many buildings that show this. The houses similarly share the concept of being of “skin and bones” design. They are both constructed of steel and glass materials, and …show more content…
Most of the dissimilarities, I believe, contribute to the form being apart of the site. The windows, floor plans, and places of construction allow the Farnsworth house to be more apart of nature than the Eames house. The Farnsworth house is simply constructed of large clear windows allowing all of the natural light in, un-obscured. In the Eames house, most of the glass panels on the exterior walls being painted or frosted. This obscures views and filters the way natural light enters the house, much unlike the Farnsworth house. Another contrast is that though both houses have open and fluid spaces on the interior, the Eames house is more of a traditional space, it still has defined living spaces and walls, creating separation between the living spaces and the outside. As well, due to the Eames house being built into the side of a hill, it only has one side open to the site. This is unlike the Farnsworth house, which is more of a modern space, and due to being constructed in the middle of a clear opening in the trees, it has clear and open views to all of it’s surrounding landscape. Their tectonic expression is dissimilar due to the way their steel members are places. The Eames’ constructed their house with slender steel members placed fairly close together. This is unlike the Mies’ house, which is supported by heavy steel members placed further apart, once again giving the Farnsworth …show more content…
In both the Eames and Farnsworth houses, their forms are a direct result of the function of the structures. As well, they are both built with repetitive conditions and similar materials. Dissimilarly, they relate to their surroundings in different ways, and though Mies and the Eames’ built their houses using similar materials, the way in which they used the materials in their structures differs. And tectonics and material expression prove to still be relevant in Be Baumschlager Eberle’s building, 2226, due to the structure of the building directly relating to the function and need of the

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