Architectural Absurdity

Architectural Absurdity

Jessica Tata
Jun 15, 2009

How does your home interact with the landscape around it? Living in San Francisco means, often, that you get less space than many other areas, but it is amazing how homes are integrated into the topography of the city. This month we have been exploring how our outdoor space--however limited it may be--is integrated into our homes and living space. These images are beautiful renderings of surreal architectural feats that comment, to us, on how homes work within the space around them.

Tom Ngo is an architect who stumbled upon gouash painting, and has fancifully meandered into the creation of these strange architectural absurdities "built on the foundations of Victorian Nonsense."

The first image, "The Grass There Grew Mythically Tall" is a home that is built so that, in the Spring, the house peeks out of the grass. In the winter, however, the grass recedes and exposes the structure of the building. The second image, "Ghost Town Precious" explores the combination of permanence and ethereal qualities, with a "shoddily" built structure with "hints of integrity."

Ngo breaks the rules of Architecture and creates beautiful images that have hints of M.C. Escher and Dr. Seuss. There is also, perhaps, a bit of childlike imagination that allowed us all, at one time in our lives, to create totally unrealistic "dream homes" without the confines of modern rule and reason.

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