Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Twins, the good and the evil

The evil twin is an antagonist found in many different fictional genres. They are physical copies of protagonist, but with radically inverted moralities. In filmed entertainment, they can have obvious physical differences with the protagonist—such as facial hair, eyepatches, scars or distinctive clothing—that make it easy for the audience to visually identify the two characters. Sometimes, however, the physical differences between the characters will be minimized, so as to confuse the audience. Both roles are almost always played by either the same actor, or (if the actor has one) the actor's actual twin.

Though there may be moral disparity between actual biological twins, the term is more often a misnomer. In many cases, the two look-alikes are not actually twins, but rather physical duplicates produced by other phenomena (e.g. alternate universe). In others, the so-called "evil" twin is more precisely a dual opposite to their "good" counterpart, possessing at least some commonality with the value system of the protagonist.

The design of a single family home appears to be a simple design problem and, yet, to design a house is not as easy as it may first seem. As a project it requires continuous reflection about personal beliefs, both aesthetic and ideological. As a matter of fact, in order to decide which design language to utilize implies profound examination of our lives and establishes a serious commitment with our peers by offering them the image of how we would like to live. To connect personal insight and feelings with a specific architectural expression is a daring subject for any designer and I see no better way than exploring the always-alive subject of the single-family home.

Furthermore, the single-family house provides the opportunity of fulfilling the design experience in a complete way by covering the scale of the inhabitant and of the entire house. The single-family house asks for the design of the interior, something that is often neglected in school, regardless of the fact that it is one of the most challenging experiences of an architectural practice.

The first house was an indexical house, this house will develop an antagonistic other on the same site that will de “the evil twin”.