DISMEMBERED APPLIQUES

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Fueled by a need for real estate efficiency, formal moves in this house can be deduced to surface applications which can still hold the silhouette of the rectilinear form. The appliques, while by themselves are definitive elements that Koolhaas’ study focuses on, can go beyond secondary architectural moves to create spatial constructs by themselves. The subtle material difference indicates the indispensable quality of the applique despite seeming to be an afterthought. By dismembering the applique elements and reorganizing them spatially, new spatial configurations becomes a possibility. The elements of architecture cease to act on their associated notions and instead take on new roles in space making.