Like the sensation of heat can only be appreciated by first experiencing cold, architectural space can only be perceived through its physical boundaries. The mass of the building becomes, oddly enough, more compact once something lightweight is placed alongside, or is perforated by the inclusion of voids and compartment like rooms." -- Eduardo Chillida
This house was designed lone young art dealer and his family. The beach front site demanded a sense of protection from the elements and incessant monsoons. The experience of living in the house in poetic terms needed to be stretched to the extremes. From the burrow of a nocturnal creature to the expansive realm of the seagull.
Two, slightly different variants were developed. Chillido's words and sensibilities informed this project throughout.
The principle also characterizes the work of the Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida, who calls himself an architect of empty space". In his fine-grained clay sculptures in particular, the 'Lurras", heaviness and massiveness are increased through implied or real spatial inclusions, through incisions which suggest a hollow interior. A rich dialogue between mass and space, heaviness and lightness ensues. As already intimated the Scottish tower houses can also be interpreted in this way. They areexcellent examples of how fusing of opposites helps to reinforce the idiosyncrasies of
the individual components.