Dispensing with programmatic specificity of the house in favor of spatial forms that can be occupied with changing uses, Zoid House resets the relationship between the house, site, light and views and the relationship between interior and exterior space. There is no front door or back door, no formal entry. Rather the house is conceived as a series of rooms that can be accessed directly from the outside. The house also has no windows, only doors. In Zoid House, the shapes of spaces, orientation and openness or closeness to light is determined by access to the sun, orientation toward views and relationships to a series of campsite elements that preexisted the design of the house over specific domestic programs. Domestic uses can be moved from space to space depending on shifting living patterns but light and views will remain constant. The spatial driver for the house is a simple geometric shape, a three-dimensional right trapezoid – hence the name Zoid. The shape is characterized by one side perpendicular to its legs with the opposing side angled – a hypotenuse. This geometry when applied to space produces one side wider than the other and when counter posed solid void relationships are introduced produces a small opening on one end and a large opening on the other. In Zoid House the right trapezoid configures each space, creating a non-open plan, a raum plan of sorts of the same geometry flipped 180 degrees to produce a single bar, an aggregation of the trapezoids, with each discrete space alternating in its primary and secondary orientation looking out onto specific campsite elements that become bundled into the activity of the interior space through visual and physical connections.
Credits: - JLP Home Improvement - General Contractor - Javier Gomez