House Porn Inspired by Picasso, and Perched on an Australian Cliff.

The design of Holman House references Picasso's painting The Bather. While Picasso used a nude female figure standing at the seaside as a testing ground for new representational possibilities, challenging pictorial conventions of space, beauty, and time, Australian architectural firm Durbach Block Jaggers created Holman House perched on an impossibly high cliff, designing a complex series of fluid living spaces set within a meandering perimeter that arcs, folds and stretches in response to sun, landscape and views. Holman House cantilevers out over the ocean, allowing dramatic views up and down the coast. 

Picasso’s bather’s body is broken into discrete parts; her breasts, stomach, and shoulders are hardened into geometric arcs and curves, and her right foot twists unnaturally. Traditional painting captures a single moment from a single perspective; Picasso depicted his bather’s torso from the front, rear, and side, presenting multiple views simultaneously.

As architecture based on art, Holman House is truly House Porn.

The house was photographed by Peter Bennetts, Brett Boardman, Anthony Browell, Chris Cole, John Gollings, Reiner Blunck. You can see more of their images here.

 

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