Ex of In House是对空间语言的探索，旨在讨论空间和场所的共同作用，同时质疑当下建筑设计商业化的陈词滥调。该住宅是Steven Holl建筑事务所自2014年6月开始的研发项目“内在”探索（Explorations of “IN”）的建筑实践。
The Ex of In House explores a language of space, aimed at inner spatial energy strongly bound to the ecology of the place – questioning current clichés of architectural language and commercial practice. The house is a built manifestation of the research and development project Explorations of “IN” under development at Steven Holl Architects since June 2014.
▼住宅与环境，the house and surroundings © Paul Warchol
SEVEN POINT MANIFESTO FOR EXPLORATIONS OF “IN”:
1. TO STUDY ARCHITECTURE FREED FROM THE PURELY OBJECTIVE.
2. FROM ORIGINS OF ARCHITECTURE WE EXPLORE “IN”.
3. “IN”: ALL SPACE IS SACRED SPACE.
4. THE ARCHITECTURE OF “IN” DOMINATES SPACE VIA SPACE.
5. INTRINSIC “IN” IS AN ELEMENTAL FORCE OF SENSUAL BEAUTY.
6. “IN” IS USELESS, BUT IN THE FUTURE WILL BE USED. PURPOSE FINDS “IN”.
7. THE THING CONTAINING IS NOT THE THING CONTAINED.
▼设计手稿，sketches © Steven Holl Architects
On twenty-eight acres of forested rock outcropping, the site named ‘T2 reserve’ has been established as an experimental topological landscape. Slated to be a subdivision with five suburban house plots, the site was joined into one natural preserved landscape. As a compressed form of 918 square feet on a site of twenty-eight preserved rural acres, the house serves as an alternative to modernist suburban houses that “sprawl in the landscape”.
▼住宅外观，exterior view © Paul Warchol
▼集约的建筑形式，the compressed form © Paul Warchol
▼入口立面，entrance facade © Paul Warchol
The house’s geometry is formed from spherical spaces intersecting with tesseract trapezoids intended as a catalyst of volumetric inner space. The geometry of the spherical intersections begins to be felt at the entry porch; an orb of wood carved out of the house volume welcomes the entrant. The shift in section of the house alters internal space with vertical dynamic spatial overlap. Situated around one main volume, open to the second level, with the kitchen placed in the center, alternative use patterns are created. There are zero bedrooms, yet the house can sleep five.
▼入口门廊，the entry porch © Paul Warchol
▼球形交叉空间，the spherical intersections © Paul Warchol
▼楼梯环绕核心空间，the stairs surround center space © Paul Warchol
▼俯瞰门廊，overlooking the porch © Paul Warchol
▼从二层平台望向交错的几何形体，view to the staggered geometric volume from the first floor platform © Paul Warchol
▼房间通过圆形窗户与森林相连，the room is connected to the forest through a round window © Paul Warchol
Instead of fossil fuel, the house is heated geothermally. Instead of grid power, the house has electricity from the sun. Thin film SoloPower photovoltaic cells are connected to a Sonnen battery energy storage system, allowing the house to be energy independent. All light fixtures are 3D printed in PLA cornstarch-based bioplastic. Glass and wood are locally sourced. The house was made almost entirely from raw materials by the builders, crafting solid mahogany window and door frames, a mahogany stair and birch plywood walls. There is no use of sheetrock. The spherical intersection space was also crafted in curved, thin wood layers. All natural oiled wood and plywood interior finishes are part of the arte povera materiality and economy of this place of wabi-sabi.
▼从室外望向室内，建筑与景观融为一体，looking from the outside to the inside, the architecture blends into the landscape © Paul Warchol