I first discovered Bruce Goff’s unconventional architecture during my undergraduate studies and have never stopped researching and referencing his prolific portfolio of experimental and beyond-belief buildings, especially his housing.
His realised projects are concentrated within the American Midwest and are all client and site specific. Goff’s houses are designed using a simple repeating geometries articulating symmetrical planning of form and volume to generate interior focused spatial effects.
His buildings are constructed and decorated with the use of unconventional and inexpensive ‘as found’ and ‘ad hoc’ materials. Examples of these materials are scavenged Quonset hut steel structures, boiler tubing, goose feathers, sequins, glass culets, disposable pie plates and Woolworth ashtrays.
Like Goff, I employ geometries to start generating form with the hunch that these geometries will, over many iterative revisions, develop and reveal a desired spatial design. My liminal technique of scavenging, reworking, reimagining foraged and mass-produced material into decorative ‘elaborated space’ is a similar technique to that of Goff’s.