For Auguste Rodin, reality changes as you turn every five degrees. ‘Truth’ is a phenomenon rather than an object. The reality around us should be understood in different perspectives with different layers of interpretations. Illusion negotiates between reality and perception. Reality turns into illusion gradually, and vice versa. There should be a space for hallucination, a space to ‘space out’ and a space to meander through time, as the meaning of ‘vacation’ is to give oneself time for better reflections in life and work. We need a house to understand ourselves more slowly and deeply.
The landscape of the site comes from all around, views from afar gradually merge into views nearby. Through seasons, moments of wilderness come into our “involuntary memory” (Marcel Proust) and impact the way we project ourselves into the space. The exchange, between exterior landscape—our inner self—what we create is what comprises the circle of life and work. As we are inspired by the surroundings at all times and from all directions, our life and work gets redefined constantly.
An elliptical structure is created to mediate between our inner self and the panoramic landscape. The architecture is wrapped by a double skin wall that breathes, with circulating paths meandering between the two skins. From the interior, the exterior landscape has never stopped. It comes in and fades away. While the stationary spaces of living, sleeping, and working are animated by layers of exterior skins with overlapping perforations, the circulating path suspends the body in the residual space between reality and illusion. Landscape and body encounter in space spontaneously. Architecture becomes a way to measure the gradient of reality, or illusion. Along with the life and work it brings, the architecture dissolves gradually into the eternal landscape of Lake Ederesee.