This path didn’t have a piece of fence thrown up last time I photographed here… All the little patios are supposed to have open access but the facts of life are different. There may be children or pets to keep in – or tourists to keep out. People eager to see the awarded architecture arrive by the bus loads every weekend and many do not feel shy about stepping onto people’s private patios to peak through the windows or shoots pictures. Because of this lack of privacy the pathway appears to have become a nuisance rather than a part of the community.
The idea behind the 8 House is for it to function like a mountain village with houses perched on the hill sides and paths for people to walk through the village. I’ve been following the project from before they finished building it and have posted quite a few images by now of the clean and, to me, beautiful lines of the building. From tomorrow I’ll be sharing some images of what real life looks like at the 8 House.
From the top of the 8 House…
The original idea was to copy a mountain village with a walk way running for about 1 km. winding up and down and in and out. Reality is tourists arriving by the bus loads and walk even in on people’s front patio to peak and take pictures. More on what happens to the clean lines when subjected to reality later.