Four Eyes House
This minimalist architecture house is located outside of Los Angeles, California and more precisely in the desert of the Coachella Valley. The unique project of Edward Ogosta Architecture is a real attraction not only for our eyes but also for our senses. It is a quiet place, where you could relax and probably, for a moment to forget about everything else. The specificity of this minimalist architecture house is consists in its four monolithic towers, which actually offer four themes of contemplation.
The unique design is based around four “sleeping towers,” each with a small bedroom on the top floor that you reach with either a ladder, spiral stair, switchback stair or shallow-riser stair. The bedrooms come with a window that frames a specific optimum view including: morning sunrise in the east, mountain range to the south, city lights to the west in the evening and overhead nighttime stars.
Each of the towers not only enjoys a different outlook, but is also individually architecturally articulated as a further way to particularise the experience each offers. For example, as well as having different orientations, each has a different stair configuration. The inhabitants can choose in which tower they sleep depending on what spatial phenomenon they want to dwell upon before R.E.M. sets in! A nod perhaps to a long-past nomadic desert existence? The design is conceptually elegant.
Edward Ogosta Architecture:
A weekend desert residence for a family and their dog, the Four Eyes House is an exercise in site-specific experiential programming. Rather than planning the house according to a domestic functional program, the building was designed foremost as an instrument for intensifying a number of onsite phenomenal events.
Four “sleeping towers” are oriented towards four spatiotemporal viewing experiences: morning sunrise to the east, mountain range to the south, evening city lights to the west, and nighttime stars overhead. Each tower contains a compact top-floor bedroom, sized only for the bed, and each with a unique aperture directed towards the view.
These bedrooms are equally-sized and unassigned, such that the family’s sleeping locations can be rotated based on each individual’s desired viewing experience. Vertical circulation within the towers is similarly particularized (e.g. ladders, spiral stair, switchback stair, or shallow-riser stair). Ground-floor common spaces form a loose connective field between the discrete tower volumes, and offer a more permeable relationship to the landscape.
The sensations of sleeping and waking are thus inflected by the building’s foregrounding of intensified onsite experiential events. By sleeping in a room elevated off the ground and open to the stars, one might inhabit a deep pocket of silence for a few moments, and perhaps even perceive the movement of the Earth, as it slowly rotates beneath the stars.
Project name: Four Eyes House
Location: Coachella Valley, Southern California, United States
- Type By Characteristic: Modern House, Holiday House
- Type By Site: Desert House
- Type By Size: Medium House – (201 sqm – 450 sqm)
- Type By Structural: Concrete House
Project Area: 3,800 sq.ft
Project Year: 2010-2012
Completion Year: 2012
Client / Owner / Developer: Private
Architects: Edward Ogosta Architecture – 11157 Barman Avenue, Culver City, CA 90230, United States
Principal Design: Edward Ogosta
Text Description: © Courtesy of Edward Ogosta Architecture
Images: © Edward Ogosta Architecture