Towards a Symbolic Architecture: The Thematic House

 
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Jencks's Thematic House in London, a reworking of an 1840s townhouse, fulfills his view that modern architecture can embody personal symbolism. The entrance room, called the Cosmic Oval, is meant to suggest the Big Bang. On its walls, huge, fiery figures of Thomas Jefferson, Hannah Arendt and Pythagoras debate and ponder. Most of the other rooms illustrate a specific theme, with arcane borrowings that range from Baroque to Art Nouveau. Depending upon the viewer's taste, this microcosm of the universe is either a messy, eclectic riot of styles or a dream vision. An influential architect and critic, Jencks discusses Egypt's pyramids, Chinese gardens and Gaudi's buildings as examples of symbolic architecture. While one can applaud his plea to reunite the everyday with the cosmos, his own buildings directed to this end are cold and contrived. The rest of this lavishly illustrated essay deals with the Elemental House in Los Angeles, a studio isolated in the woods and a converted Scottish farm, all designed or built by Jencks. December
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Jencks, the godfather of the post-modern movement in architecture, here recounts the design of his house in London, an 1840s row house totally done over according to a symbolic program which assigns meaning to the smallest detail. Jencks argues for the importance of a meaningful environment even in the late 20th century and does draw some historical parallels, but he is chiefly concerned with the iconography of the planets and the seasons, shown abstractly and concretely in the house of his own design. Fascinating, well-written, curiousand possibly fatuousthis is a book nevertheless of considerable interest because of Jencks's powerful position as a guru. His arguments for meaning in orament and decoration go far beyond most post-modernist camp practitioners. Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Libs.
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