The Big Belt House Architect: William E. Massie Presented by: Hoda Homayouni The Big Belt House The architect and his works The project CNC Techs and Materials Design and construction process Advantages and challenges William E. Massie
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Presented by: Hoda Homayouni
“What I’m trying to do is an extension of modernism [that goes back to] its true beginnings –when modernist homes were reasonably priced. If someone is thinking of building a typical suburban house, I can do an interesting modernist house instead for the same amount of money. People don’t have to pay a huge premium to live in a beautiful and somewhat experimental space. The way light rakes across something curving is completely different from the way it strikes a flat wall.”
“It’s those kinds of things that are now possible. And we know from the auto and aerospace industries that the ability to develop complex shapes is not just an aesthetic [achievement]. In making an automobile side panel, for instance, you can use less material to form a shape that is stronger on impact. I’m applying the same fabrication processes to architecture.”
The kitchen sink cast in cement using a mould milled from urethane.