Cement Tiles
Playa Grande, Dominican Republic

Primarily constructed of concrete masonry block (CMU block), Glitch House is composed of flat CMU walls that are oriented in a rectilinear grid and juxtaposed with walls of the same material, rotated 45 degrees from the main axis. This oscillation of block geometry obscures the boundaries of the sharp, definite walls, and creates extra faces as the blocks stagger to create diagonal facades.

 At first glance from the exterior, the arrangement of over 10,000 handpainted cement tiles alludes to a camouflage pattern. However, the graphic quality of the tile patterning, and the geometry of the structure both blur and enhance its physical presence within the jungle. Two distinct patterns shift and merge across the facades of the building and react to changes in the staggered block surfaces of the exterior, highlighting entrances by aligning uniformly on the adjacent walls or mirroring across the angled facades to create numerous local symmetries. What from afar may be read as simply a blur of color, comes into focus as a bold, responsive pattern upon closer approach.

At certain times of day, the quarterarc pattern on the cement tiles overlaps with the shadows cast from the staggered CMU geometry. The conflation of graphic tile and shadows creates a hollowed void, another visual effect resulting from extensive research into the material. The Glitch House’s design relied on compulsively studying the manner in which a single tile could construct widely varying sensations when viewed from afar and up close in the jungle landscape.

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