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THE IDEA OF NORTH
is the world in a building.
N T E .|
.T E L E S C O P E _H O U S E
"Precisely because it is the famialr way it isn't the artistic way." —Victor Shklovsky, Art as Device (1917)
- TOWARD A MOVE|MEANING
> AN ARCHITECTURE OF IDEAS > AN ARCHITECTURE THAT PROBES THE THEME OF FORM AND CONTENT IN ART—WHERE CONTENT RISES FROM A DEEPER WELL THAN THE SIMPLE CONCEPT OF FORM AS CONTENT
A built-essay on the relationship
between architecture and painting, this project spanned
It began in 1991 when I was teaching at the New Jersey Institute
of Technology and was completed in 1996 when I was teaching at the University
The project's title—an important expression of the underlying mental structure
of the work—underwent subtle transformation during the five-year process, though without
relinquishing reference to the essential thematic duality involving architecture's
relationship to literature and astronomy.
- I started out with the straightforward title Dante|Telescope
House and a variation, Dante|Telescope
House zlowe (which superscripts
the owner's last name).
But at crunch time, I got nervous about the look of the "D" on the Monolith Mural.
So on a ladder in the rain the night before the project was photographed
by Yukio Futagawa for
the international journal GLOBAL ARCHITECTURE HOUSES 51 (Spring 1997), I bravely (rightly or wrongly!) erased the "D" and retitled the project, (D)Ante|TELESCOPE
I now tend to refer to the project as simply Dante|Telescope
- Dante | Telescope House won
the 1995 "Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Architecture" from the
New Jersey State Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
- Were it not for the courage, intellectual camaraderie,
and commitment to high purpose and excellence by my unique
client, David Zlowe, I would not have had the opportunity, which too few architects ever get, to discover and express my own untrammeled artistic voice—
to find in architecture the freedom and purity of expression that I have found
Thank you, David.
© 2012 by JEF7REY HILDNER
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