Cement Tiles
Playa Grande, Dominican Republic

CMU block is the primary construction element and therefore dictates the dimensions of the four main volumes. Flat CMU walls oriented on a rectilinear grid are juxtaposed with those rotated 45 degrees from the main orthogonal axes. These chamfered walls help the main volumes of building mass lose their sharp, definite boundaries; on these walls, the CMU blocks do not change orientation and thus reveal extra faces as the blocks stagger to create these diagonal facades. The exposed faces of all the blocks are clad with square cement tiles imprinted with a simple quadrant shape of various colors.

At first glance, the arrangement of 10,000 cement tiles alludes to a camouflage pattern as the Glitch House sits motionless in the lush forest. However, the aggregate effect of the tile patterning both blurs and enhances the presence of the house due to the careful control of the color and graphic arrangement of the repetitive tiles. Two distinct patterns shift and merge across the facades of the building and react specifically to the changes in geometry, highlighting the entrances by aligning uniformly on the adjacent walls or mirroring on the chamfer surfaces and creating numerous local symmetries. Upon approach to the building, what from afar may be read as simply a smear of color comes into focus as the consequence of a glitchy, responsive pattern.

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