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viernes, 24 de febrero de 2012

CASA UTZON



UTZON. TWO HOUSES ON MAJORCA
John Pardey


In 1972, Jørn Utzon found sanctuary by building a house on the island of Majorca. Perched on a cliff top looking towards Africa and built of the local stone, he named it Can Lis, in honour of his wife. Some twenty years later, Jørn and Lis Utzon moved inland to a mountainside and there refined the stone architecture of Can Lis in the making of a new home, Can Feliz.

With Can Lis, Utzon defined the essence of a modern Mediterranean architecture. His ability to assimilate and express a culture through architecture was already evident in the first house he had built for himself, in 1952, at Hellebaek in Denmark. Later, in the Kuwait National Assembly building, he created a persuasive model for a modern Islamic architecture, whilst in Sydney he made a building that has come to stand for a city and a nation.

Can Lis and Can Feliz have been, like their architect, elusive - reclusive even - yet they deserve to be included amongst the succession of houses that, more than any other building type, defined the course and achievements of twentieth-century architecture. Through comprehensively documenting his houses on Majorca this book demonstrates how, by tapping into the particularities of place and culture, Utzon was able to create a seemingly timeless architecture of universal interest.

This monograph presents the two houses that Utzon designed for himself on the island of Majorca, Can Lis and Can Feliz, which has been described as a miniature acropolis. Designed almost 20 years apart, the houses display the essence of modern Mediterranean architecture. The book comprehensively documents the houses, demonstrating how, by tapping into the particularities of place and culture, Utzon was able to create a seemingly timeless architecture of universal interest.

Información recopilada y editada por Fredy Ovando Grajales para el blog Biblioteca de Arquitecto(s).

FICHA BIBLIOGRÁFICA
PARDEY, John. Utzon. Two houses on Majorca. Hellerup, Edition Bløndal, 2005 (Colección Jørn Utzon Logbook, Vol. III) 76 p.

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