interior view of Casa en la Finca in San Juan, Argentina, residential work by OBRA
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Casa en la Finca
House of Multiple Horizons

San juan, Argentina
August 2004

Modern science proposes an understanding of reality that defeats the common sense of lived experience. String theory, for example, remains experimentally "unverifiable" due to the infinitely small size of its realm of speculation. Otherwise known as "the Theory of Everything," this unifying physics theory reconciles the differences between quantum theory and the theory of relativity to explain the nature of all known forces and matter. But to the "multiple dimensions" of string theory, our life opposes the endless multiplicity of encounter with human personality, an experience both inexhaustible and ultimately obscured by the irreducibly hermetic quality of the soul.

The HOUSE OF MULTIPLE HORIZONS is set in an orchard on a remote vineyard by the highest mountains of the Andes, which layer the horizon with ever-receding multiple boundaries. The spaces of the house are arranged around circular courtyards where trees of the orchard continue to grow. The courtyards provide light, ventilation, and individual exterior spaces of privacy away from other occupants of the house. Their reverse is the convexity of chiaroscuro along which the interior spaces flow into each other, and their mass, as in our relationships with others, conceals a realm at hand, and yet always beyond the possibility of total simultaneous experience.

The courtyards are both exterior and interior, places you have to exit to enter and enter to exit. Their spatial ambiguity is matched by a temporal one: the concave surfaces are sculpted by the sunlight in seemingly repetitive patterns day after day, year after year, a recurrent cycle that seems to suggest that perhaps we could return to our past. But in each courtyard, a tree grows imperceptibly, every second setting a linear sequence, moving inevitably towards the future.