Soil from the site went into the plaster of these walls, highlighting the intimate relationship between building and earth. The complex is approached like an ancient castle, uphill on a straight path paved of stone, and through a narrow gateway. From here, a central courtyard opens up, inviting the user into a variety of simple yet imposing spaces. Windows are slim and vertical, giving a primitive atmosphere to the interior.
This strong axis continues as a pool juts out into the landscape at the residence's other end. The name "Neuendorf" suggests cozy little community from another time- yet it is "Neue", or new. Architect John Pawson takes modernism back to the earth in this 1991 project.
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