ZOOMORPHIC
Michael Sorkin Studio

Name of project
Beached Houses

Location
White House
Country
Jamaica
Dates
1989 - 1991 [unbuilt]
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The architect and critic Michael Sorkin is interested in animal forms because they challenge architectural conventions. Whereas buildings are often symmetrical and almost always static, a moving animal is neither of these things. Projects such as the Beached Houses shown here explore this apparently fundamental difference.
The three houses, called Ray, Carp and Slug, have
a similar arrangement of rooms on two floors. They are based on animals that are 'symmetrical but only until they wiggle'. 'Our effort is to measure the space between the fish and the wiggle', says Sorkin, 'This
is the study of a lifetime.'