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  • 11.23.10

Pixel House: The Classic That Put Mass Studies Architects on the Map

Years before Mass Studies became a starchitecture firm, they created a family dwelling that combines organic space with digitized grace.

Pixel House: The Classic That Put Mass Studies Architects on the Map

Korean architecture firm Mass Studies has become something of a phenomenon in recent years, but back in 2003, they collaborated with Slade Architecture on a modest home for a young family of four. Their creation, “Pixel House,” still stands as one of the most striking residential designs of the past decade.

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The architects wished to create an ambiguity between organic and “built” space, so they combined sweeping, hut-like curves with traditional rectilinear shapes and wrapped it all in that gorgeous pixel-like exterior brickwork.

The combination of organic contours and sharp edges gives the interiors a strikingly modern-yet-cozy ambiance. The round exterior also complements the hilly landscape around the lot, while contrasting with the traditional row houses next door.

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Sure, the house is seven years old now, but brilliant architecture never goes out of style. In the immortal words of 30 Rock‘s Liz Lemon: I want to go to there.

[Read more at ArchDaily]

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John Pavlus is a writer and filmmaker focusing on science, tech, and design topics. His writing has appeared in Wired, New York, Scientific American, Technology Review, BBC Future, and other outlets.

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