La madre de todos los Darién quiere que le compren

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Muy apropiadamente para estos momentos en que todos tenemos los bienes raíces en la cabeza, la oportunidad toca a mi puerta. Basta de andar soñando con vivir en un Calvin Stempel, o en un Gustav Schay o en un De Roux, Bermúdez y Brenes: ahora puedo vivir en un Robert Venturi.

Sí señores, Mother’s House, la casa de Vanna Venturi (8330 Millman St, Philadelphia, PA 19118) está a la venta por $1.75M. Dice el listing:

The Vanna Venturi house: Robert Venturi’s groundbreaking design for his mother is one of the most influential buildings of the latter half of the 20th century. Named one of the “10 Buildings That Changed America” and widely considered the first post-modern building in the United States, to say it is notable among architects is an understatement. Many world-renowned building designers and critics have made pilgrimages to this residence, hidden in the heart of Chestnut Hill, and it has been the subject of numerous essays and critiques and was memorialized in 2005 on a U.S. postage stamp. Beautifully maintained and true to its original design, this small house showcases big ideas at every turn. To the amateur eye it can be puzzling, but with some education about its juxtaposition of traditional design against more complex forms, its status as a groundbreaking residential design becomes clear. The interior is designed around rectangular, diagonal and curving elements. Shifts in ceiling volume and windows in traditional and surprising places create an ever-changing light inside. An all-white kitchen is separate from the main living space; its bank of windows is at a perfect height to view sun-splashed lawn. As in every room of the house, there is a door leading outside. The adjacent main entry and dining area feature original Carrara marble flooring; the remainder of the first floor is finished in hardwood. A set of sliding doors opens from the dining area to a very private covered patio. There is much to take in in the home’s main living space, including its intriguing main stairway, oversized fireplace, built-in bookcases and Venturi’s interpretation of a chair rail. Two bedrooms, both with built-in bookcases and picture windows plus a full bath in original tile, complete the first floor. The staircase design narrows as one reaches the private upstairs bedroom, bath and “stairway to nowhere.” This bedroom features a full-width lunette window and double door to a second-story sitting area. Surrounding this most notable house is much of its original landscape plan, which has been lovingly maintained including an arc of crab apple trees, shade gardens and sunny perennial beds. We are honored to represent this masterpiece offered for the first time in 43 years.

Llame ya. Las fotos ahí están chiquititas, pero en la nota en Architect Magazine sí salen grandotas, y con un nivel casi pornográfico de detalle. Veamos:

La icónica fachada frontal:

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La menos fotografiada y quizá más genial fachada posterior:

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Pero vamos a lo que importa: los interiores. Primero el vestíbulo y escalera/chimenea, con una silla Sheraton de Venturi para Knoll (que ojalá venga incluida en el precio de la casa).

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Otra vista de la sala, con mesa Barcelona® de Mies (que ojalá venga incluida en el precio de la casa). Y, súper meta, en el mantle viene una ampliación de la estampilla de la casa Vanna Venturi de 2005.

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Y otra vista de la sala. pero a ver, ¿reconocen ese tríptico de la pared del fondo?

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Les doy una pista (o tres):

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Exactamente, se trata de

Rem Koolhaas and Stefano de Martino, Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), Boompjes, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1980. Color screen print on three sheets of paper, 47 7/8 x 28 3/16″ (each).

Ese sí que espero que venga incluido en el precio de la casa.

Y de postre tenemos la recámara, con su arco acristalado con puerta sólida hacia el balcón (súper distorsionada por el fish-eye del realtor).

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Está bien que hay que consumir el producto nacional, pero en estos tiempos en que cualquier apartamento en Paitilla o casa en Costa del Este ronda por los $1.75M tiene uno que pensárselo. Entonces, ¿ayudan a este pobre arquitecto a cumplir su sueño? Miren que estamos en quincena.

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