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Design Team: Jaime Correa

Wilhem Worringer’s publication “Abstraction and empathy: a contribution to the psychology of style” is one among the most important modern arguments on the evolution of the philosophy of aesthetics; consequently, on the appropriateness of the concepts of the beautiful and the sublime. From Worringer’s empirical standpoint, and under perfect conditions, human representation evolved from an urge to sympathy to an urge for abstraction i.e.: primitive groups relied upon the imitation of nature while advanced civilizations focused on mindful abstractions. His publication became a foundational argument for the theoretical advancements of Adolf Loos, the Bauhaus protagonists, the members of the Stijl, and even for some among the modern objectives wave. The three-bedroom leisure house, here depicted, is a “factitious idea” exploring the usage of abstraction in the production of architecture and representation.


In a series of orthographic drawings, a triumph of mindful abstraction, the house for Wilhem Worringer shows the location, distribution, volumetry, and functionality of the proposal. The house includes an internal courtyard with an elliptical pool, a leisure room, a sauna, and an outdoor chimney. The circular yard is reinforced with shade trees and a high wall. The house itself contains three bedrooms, a double floor library, an office space, and an upper-floor terrace with a jacuzzi.  


The extremely modern perspectival views, purely phenomenological, do not submit to the strict canons of the renaissance. The views, with multiple vanishing points - in the same tradition of metaphysical painters, present experiential moments in the life of a potential house for Wilhem Worringen. The only color representation of the terrace is an experiment in collage. 

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