Taberna Ancipitas Formae


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´╗┐Garden follies are traditionally places of pleasure and escape, existing as well to complete a vista, provide a view, and tantalize the mind, body, and spirit. The conventional rules and rites of architecture need not apply. This folly, designed for an international exhibition provokes two types of speculation. One is a metaphor: the folly can be understood as a temporary house, as an oracular hut where truths are half revealed, or as a retreat where deities might dwell and give to their desires. Another type of speculation is about "construction as art": the form is two perfect cubes, with air in one, water in the other. They are engaged in an unresolved tug of war, achieving neither unity or separation. Duality is a theme throughout: Has it one eye or two? Is it a face or a mask? This ambiguity of interpretation coexists with clarity of form.

´╗┐The fantasy is rendered in consummate detail - material, function, and image are realistically developed. Simply, it is a pool house and a bathing pool, set in a garden. The pool house has a small kitchen and bath with two stretched canvas beds for sunbathing above. Inside are a fireplace and mirror, a cooling fountain, and a picture window that frames a view of the garden. There are also a bench, a table with chairs, and sconce lights with dimmers. By the pool, a tall chair overlooks the water where a pair of tile benches are provided for reading and chatting. There are also small spaces for concealing pool filters and pumps, and for storing garden furniture. A classical statue, around which the water rises and falls, stands in the pool as a sensuous reminder of the pleasures of the bath.

Year: 1983
Client:
N/A - Folly
Location:
Natchez, Mississippi

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