A composition of hovering and hanging masses organizes the inside/ outside relation. Each mass functions independently, while also serving as a conjoining link between the levels. Thus, for instance, the east façade, open to the street, is built as a hovering container which holds the logistic spaces- kitchen, pantry, and service. It bursts as a constructive unit out of the supporting wall «attempting» to balance the living room that hangs below it. Similarly, the massive concrete walls of the shelter stand in contrast both to their functional essence of grounding to the earth, and to the thin hanging curtain walls surrounding it.
The composition, encompassing contrasting elements such as hanging and hovering, practical and esthetic, connected and detached- is reminiscent of the compositions of El Lissitzky, a Russian artist from the beginning of the 20th century (1860-1941), whose works significantly affected the visual content of international architecture, especially the German Bauhaus and the Dutch de Stijl.
Architecture of (in)Dependency