Jack Clay

FRANK’S HOUSE | Stockholm, Sweden | Unit 21 | 2017

 

 

I am interested in the dialogue that exists between the crafts of freehand drawing and digital fabrication. Freehand drawing and digital fabrication inform one another and as skills are acquired in digital manufacturing, instinct is altered in freehand drawing. The symbiosis of these processes results in a physical form that is true to the spirit of the initial drawing.
The vessel that has driven this investigation is Frank’s House, a five bedroom family home on Stockholm’s South Island. The title of the building makes a direct reference to the Swedish Architect Josef Frank who pioneered domestic craft in the 1930’s. Frank is the ‘William Morris’ of Sweden.
The form of the house has been developed through a dialogue between freehand drawing, 2D CAD drawing and 3D digital modelling. I understand my drawings as the rules by which my architecture can be realised. Spaces are refined by asking the forms in their draw counterparts what their names need to be. What does the drawing say about the character of the space when reinterpreted in the picture plane? There is an internal dialogue that happens during the incubation of a space in the mind yet when a space exists in the picture plane it tells us its own meaning. When drawn, a space takes on a new life and the drawing exists as a set of parameters through which both a pragmatic and figurative built work can come into fruition.
As well as this assemblage of design processes, the house is itself an assemblage of different making processes that relate to various craft practices, floor decks are constructed by boat builders, concrete walls are fabric formed by expert craftsmen and parts of the floor and facade are CNC milled by skilled workers. The house is an amalgamation of parts, its  floating fragments have drifted together on the fringes of Stockholm and found themselves halted in a moment of time, caught between a state of static and flux. A concealing hand facade sweeps up and halts the fragmented amputations that have been claimed from viscous bodies around Stockholm.

 

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