Wall House 2, Groningen, Netherlands
The design of this strange and original home named Wall House 2 was developed in 1973 by the American architect, artist and educator John Hejduk for Ed Bye, a landscape architect and fellow faculty member. But this home was not built for Ed Bye due to concerns over the cost of building. Only after death of John Hejduk in 2000, a development company Wilma decided to implement this project in the city of Groningen, Netherlands. After construction end it was sold at a cost of $800,000.
A central element of the wall-house is 18m long and 14m high wall. The wall divides the house into two discrete spaces as a symbol of physical transition between past and future, back and front, closed and open: between something that awaits you and what was in the past. On one side of the wall is a living area, with lounge, kitchen, dining rooms and bedroom under each other in three levels. In order to pass from one room to another, you must go through the wall of the spiral staircase and go down or go up to another level. On the other side of the wall there are a spiral staircase, bathroom, toilet and a 30 m long corridor.
By Lilit Khalatyan, www.building.am