The House With Clear Shapes and a Complex Entrance is part of LOS ANGELES, an art space located in a rural part of central Germany. It’s the first newly built structure on the 3000 square meter plot of land, that is becoming an inhabitable sculpture garden, an all-over-art-work that will develop and grow out of itself.
Los Angeles is a place for artists of all genres to stay, work and get in touch with each other and the public. Los Angeles hosts artists residencies, exhibitions, workshops and other cultural events.
Equipped with electricity, water and heating, artist Jonas von Ostrowski’s first sculpture, the House With Clear Shapes And A Complex Entrance, offers space for up to three people. In its form, materiality and spatial structure, it proposes a specific relationship between 'interior' and 'exterior'.
The design of the House With Clear Shapes And A Complex Entrance is developed from a conceptual floor plan with a sequence of four spaces. The entrance space, with its airlock-like door, the passage space, the stair case, and lastly, the final living space, create a spatial narration from the outside into the inside.
The body of the House With Clear Shapes And A Complex Entrance consists of two stacked geometric volumes – the lower one triangular, the upper one square. The interior spaces result from the overlapping and intersection of these simple forms. The elementary 'functions' (entering, proceeding, ascending, being inside) of the spaces are determinant for the respective design, and for the selection of material, color, or the conception of the lighting.
In the interior of the House With Clear Shapes And A Complex Entrance there are no walls other than those arising from the overlapping of the two volumes. The shape of the exterior translates the shape of the interior, and vice versa.
The furniture is designed and built by Jonas von Ostrowski as freestanding, space-defining and sculptural units. An exhibition showing these pieces called FFLA (Furniture For Los Angeles) has been touring through Germany, starting in Kunstraum Munich, over Philipp Pflug Contemporary in Frankfurt to their final destination in Los Angeles, Germany.
The House With Clear Shapes And A Complex Entrance has been realized in collaboration with the architectural office Studio Nitsche.
The construction method and materials defined in the execution planning allow for a high proportion of self-building. Thus, among other things, the complete foundation including a reinforced concrete wall, the facade and the entire interior fittings were realized without contractors.
Self-building was not only chosen due to financial considerations, it is rather the basic conceptual idea of the project Los Angeles.
The house is built as a timber frame construction. The main structure is a reinforced concrete wall with a steel hook at the intersection of rectangle and triangle. Here the cantilevered upper floor is anchored.
The facade was painted with natural pine woodtar, both to protect the wood and to allow a natural aging process.
In the portfolio of Studio Nitsche’s architectural practice, the realization of mid and large sized art-projects takes an integral part.