Hourglass Corral (C3 no.409)


DECA Architecture

C3 no.409 / pp.172-185 (14 pages)



Hourglass Corral _ DECA Architecture

Cyclades, Greece, 2020

The mathematics of proximity informs the plan of a house embedded in a Greek landscape
The layout of the Hourglass Corral, a house located in the Greek island of Milos, comes from a geometric phenomenon explored by a Russian mathematician called Voronoi. His diagram showed the areas closest to a set of non-regularly spaced points or ‘seeds’. Such areas, or ‘Voronoi cells’, are polygonal, which can be demonstrated when a field of sand is allowed to drain through holes underneath it. […]