Ex of In House: Explore Steven Holl’s Experiment in Geometric Abstraction

Architectural experimentation in built work is an ambition desired by many architects, but so often these attempts are naturally mediated by the expectations of clients, necessitating a certain level of restraint in developing projects. For Steven Holl, the pursuit of unencumbered experimentation has been realized in a 918-square-foot home in Upstate New York, an achievement effectuated by his sole proprietorship of the property. The Ex of In House, compact in scale and yet powerful in both composition and function, was born out of a two-year-long research project developed by Steven Holl Architects that aims to question “current clichés of architectural language and commercial practice,” says the office. Now, the expressive geometry of the Ex of In House has been captured in a dynamic film from architecture film producers Spirit of Space. While intended to accommodate a guest house for the architect’s Hudson Valley home, the 28-acre plot of rocky land on which the house resides “has been established as an experimental topological landscape” for the firm’s explorations. Posited as a structure that “explores a language of space, aimed at inner spatial energy strongly bound to the ecology of the place,” the project is chiefly concerned with ...
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