Courtyard Retreat

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  • Jessica Jiang, B.Arch. 2017
  • Hometown

    Austin, Texas
  • Class

    ARCH 1102 Design II (first-year Studio)
  • Instructor

    Associate Professor Val Warke
    Visiting Associate Professor Jim Williamson

The retreat is both an extension and peeling of the landscape in which the lifted, in-between, and excavated spaces, become inhabitable. These various conditions are connected by a central core that contains a courtyard, blurring one's perception of interior/exterior. The experience of three distinct worlds contained within a continuous procession was derived from an analysis and reinterpretation of the precedent, Rem Koolhaas's Maison Bordeaux.