HAJJAR COMPETITION - STATE COLLEGE, PA

    This project was a nine-day competition to design a home for a painter that enriched the act of painting. While studying impressionism, I decided to use the Rouen Cathedral Studies done by Claude Monet to define my project. In these studies Monet explored the importance that differing forms of light and times of day can have on creativity and the art itself.

    I began by grouping the main living spaces together and the studio / production spaces above. Each of the three studio dpaces is designed to highlight a different impact of the senses. The first space is set for the sunrise and is lined with charred wood, creating an impact of light and smell in the art work. The second space is set for northern exposure at 35 degrees which is ideal for the creation of art. The last space is set for sunset and uses running water to create an impact through sound. Overall, this project aimed not only to create a home where art was created, but a home that could change the art itself.

 

ROUEN CATHEDRAL BY CLAUDE MONET

   The paintings in this series each capture the façade of the Rouen Cathedral at different times of the day and year, and reflect changes in its appearance under different lighting conditions. When Monet painted this series, he had long since been impressed with the way light imparts to a subject a distinctly different character at different times of the day and the year, and as atmospheric conditions change. For Monet, the effects of light on a subject became as important as the subject itself.