Guardiola House

Guardiola House

Part of


  • Eisenman Architects (creator)
  • Peter Eisenman (creator)
  • Peter Eisenman (architect)
  • Eisenman Architects (architectural firm)
  • Javier Guardiola Sr. (client)
  • Peter Eisenman (correspondence writer)
  • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)


Guardiola House

Dates of creation


Level of archival description

File 73

Extent and Medium

  • 663 drawings
  • 361 reprographic copies
  • at least 12 negatives
  • 11 models
  • 9 boxes of models
  • 8 sets
  • 3 photographs
  • 0.07 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

File documents the unexecuted project for Guardiola House, Cádiz, Spain. Material in this file was produced in 1988.

File contains conceptual drawings, design development drawings, photographic material, presentation drawings, working drawings, models, and textual records.

Drawings by Eisenman include conceptual sketches (DR1994:0147:001-004), and a drawing and final presentation drawing of the transformation process (DR1994:0147:279; DR1994:0147:635). Drawings by Eisenman's office include: samples for serigraphed drawings (DR1994:0147:644-669); drawings for house model construction (DR1994:0147:387-438); and presentation drawings in coloured film on KC5 (DR1994:0147:635-643). A schematic set shows an early scheme for the house: a site and situation plan, two longitudinal sections, floor and roof plans, transverse sections and a section showing construction materials (DR1994:0147:361-367). Four "record blueprint sets" of working drawings are dated between April and May 1988 (DR1994:0147:606-609). Documents include a list of security procedures for Eisenman's office, a schedule for Guardiola House, a report from Static engineering firm, Barcelona, a copy of the Aedes Gallery catalogue on Guardiola House, a filing index and list of the drawings, an address directory, a description of the project, correspondance, and a contract between the architect and client (DR1994:0147:1069-1071). Photographs and photocopies document an early working model of the house which no longer exists (photographs: DR1994:0147:1054-1056; photocopies: DR1994:0147:1056-1067). Miscellaneous drawings in this group include: an incomplete set of blueprints of Alvaro Siza's project for the same site (DR1994:0147:1073); a set of working drawings by Spanish architects for a project in Barcelona which Eisenman referred to when developing this project (DR1994:0147:1074); and Eisenman's designs for a lamp and carpet for Cleto Munari (not part of this project; DR1994:0147:894-1049).

Conceptual drawings include plans, site plans, elevations, sections, and axonometrics - mostly black felt-tip pen and/or graphite on white or yellow tracing paper. Design development drawings include plans, site plans, elevations, sections, perspectives and axonometrics - some graphite on tracing vellum; sets - many blueline prints on wove paper; and reprographic copies - some photocopies on tracing vellum or wove paper. Presentation drawings include plans, elevations, and sections - all translucent adhesive coloured film on stats; reprographic copies - all stats; and screen prints on wove paper. Working drawings include plans, site plans, elevations, sections, and details - some pen and black ink on mylar; sets - many coloured pencil on blueline prints on wove paper; and reprographic copies - some photocopies on wove paper. Furniture drawings include plans and elevations for a lamp and carpets - many black felt-tip pen on yellow tracing paper; reprographic copies - mostly photocopies on wove paper; and a manuscript - one typescript on wove paper. Parts of models include - all grey paint on cardboard; photographs of a model; and reprographic copies - all photocopies of photographs of models.

Textual records include project files, notes, correspondence, and project files - mostly typescripts on wove paper; sets include copies of drawings - many photocopies on wove paper; and reprographic copies - one photocopy on wove paper.

Models include one grey paint on wood and cardboard model.

Reference Number



Cádiz Spain

Language of material

Documents are in English.

General note

  • Some material in this file has been processed at a preliminary level. Consult curator for further information.


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    • Reference Number: DR1999:0428
    • Title: Documents include financial records, billing correspondence
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items within this file 0


    • Peter Eisenman (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • Approximately 0.03 l. m. of textual records

    Credit line:

    Peter Eisenman fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal


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