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Houses for the Impossible Couple

Houses for the Impossible Couple

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People

  • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
  • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

Title

Houses for the Impossible Couple

Dates of creation

1994

Level of archival description

Project

Extent and Medium

  • 63 printouts
  • 18 drawings
  • 16 digital files
  • 1 roll (2 transparencies; 1 typescript on paper)
  • 1 book

Scope and Content

File documents a design by the Foreign Office Architects for residences known as the Houses for the Impossible Couple, Guerricaiz, Spain. The file contains plans and presentation drawings. Material in this file was produced circa 1994.

Reference Number

AP171.S1.1994.D1

Location

Spain

Credit line

Foreign Office Architects fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

Language of material

Documents are in English.

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    • Reference Number: ARCH269502
    • Title: Drawings by the Foreign Office Architects for the Houses for the Impossible Couple
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of 9 drawings by the Foreign Office Architects for the Houses for the Impossible Couple, Guerricaiz, Spain. It includes 4 sections, 3 plans, an elevation and a rough sketch. One section includes a list of the proposed building materials to be used for the construction of the floors and ceilings of the houses;

    - Note: These drawings were used to create the transparencies found in roll number ARCH269505.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawing (proposal)

    Technique and media:

    6 black ink and dry transfer on vellum; 2 black ink and dry transfer on tracing paper; 1 black marker and coloured pencil on tracing paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 22.5 × 40.2 cm (8 7/8 × 15 13/16 in.) sheets (largest): 53.5 × 52.5 cm (21 1/16 × 20 11/16 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - The drawings are rolled.

    Location:

    Spain

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-003-008R

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    • Reference Number: ARCH269505
    • Title: Material created by the Foreign Office Architects for the Houses for the Impossible Couple
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1994
    • Form: drawings, photographs
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of material created by the Foreign Office Architects for the Houses for the Impossible Couple, Guerricaiz, Spain. It includes:

    - 2 film transparencies that include plans, sections, elevations and exterior views;

    - A one-page, five-paragraph summary of the inspiration behind the project. The letter is headed with a quote from a “popular Spanish song”, and begins, “New ways of living today are demanding new material organizations to embody the emerging cultural needs. Even the couple, the most primitive of human institutions, collapses in this age of disintegration. The aim of this competition entry is to provide an alternative for those who, madly in love, are not able to live in the same space permanently; a separate dwelling is perhaps the only way to keep Adam & Eve in Paradise…”;

    - Note: These transparencies were made from the drawings found in roll number ARCH269502.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Technique and media:

    2 transparencies with tape; 1 typescript on paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 29.7 × 21 cm (11 11/16 × 8 1/4 in.) sheets (largest): 63.5 × 47.7 cm (25 × 18 3/4 in.)

    Physical Description:

    - The material is rolled.

    Location:

    Spain

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-003-009R

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    • Reference Number: ARCH270381
    • Title: Houses for the Impossible Couple, Guerricaiz, Spain
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of a book of presentation material titled, "Twin Houses", and loose copies of various versions of presentation material by the Foreign Office Architects for the Houses for the Impossible Couple project, Guerricaiz, Spain.

    Quantity / Object type:

    50 printout(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawings (proposals)

    Technique and media:

    49 printouts; volume of printouts (20 sheets)

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 21.2 × 30 cm (8 3/8 × 11 13/16 in.)

    Location:

    Spain

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-013-005

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    • Reference Number: ARCH270382
    • Title: Preliminary drawings used in the creation of formal presentation material for Twin Houses
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This group consists of preliminary drawings used in the creation of formal presentation material for Twin Houses, Guerricaiz, Spain. It includes both originals and copies of axonometic drawings and sections.

    Quantity / Object type:

    23 drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation drawings (proposals)

    Technique and media:

    14 printouts; 5 dry transfer on translucent paper; 4 black ink and coloured dry transfer on paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets (smallest): 22 × 39.8 cm (8 11/16 × 15 11/16 in.) sheets (largest): 42.3 × 30 cm (16 5/8 × 11 13/16 in.)

    Location:

    Spain

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

    Folder Number:

    171-013-006

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    • Reference Number: ARCH274937
    • Title: Presentation material
    • Dates of creation: ca. 1994
    • Form: born digital
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (creator)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    Partial contents of DVD ARCH269427. Includes of drawings and images of presentation material that were used to create a booklet for the Houses for the Impossible Couple project. Original directory name: "001 Twin house". Prevalent file types: .jpg, .dwg

    Quantity / Object type:

    16 digital file(s)

    Extent and Medium:

    • 16 digital files, 3 folders (26.9 MB)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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    • Reference Number: ARCH275743
    • Title: Area plans
    • Dates of creation: 1994
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0

    People:

    • Foreign Office Architects (architectural firm)
    • Foreign Office Architects (archive creator)

    Description:

    This roll contains 3 drawings, including a day area plan, a night area plan, and a basement plan for the Houses for the Impossible Couple.

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 roll(s)

    Technique and media:

    Reprographic copies with black marker

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 42,1 × 38,5 cm (16 9/16 × 15 3/16 in.)

    Credit line:

    Foreign Office Architects fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Farshid Moussavi et Alejandro Zaera-Polo/
    Gift of Farshid Moussavi and Alejandro Zaera-Polo

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