Introduction in 1962 mrs. A manifesto for postmodern architecture the vanna venturi house is a composition of rectangular curvilinear and diagonal elements coming together or sometimes juxtaposing each other in a way.
This house although one of his earliest works is complex and contradictory in both formal and functional aspects and soon became a platform from which venturi achieved international recognition.
Vanna venturi house. Designed for his elderly mother vanna robert venturi used the house as a canvas to demonstrate some of the complexities and contradictions in modern architecture. Vanna venturi house robert venturi had some big ideas about architecture and he found ways to express several of them in this rather small home. The vanna venturi house is a compelling example of an eclectic design that brings together a great number of seemingly contradictory elements to achieve a rich visual whole that remains aesthetically not to mention culturally and psychologically interesting and relevant half a century after it was built.
The vanna venturi house one of the first prominent works of the postmodern architecture movement is located in the neighborhood of chestnut hill in philadelphia pennsylvania it was designed by architect robert venturi for his mother vanna venturi and constructed between 1962 and 1964. Venturi s firm described the 1 800 sf house as a small building with big scale its use of symbolism distorted symmetry and multiple contrasting historical styles was defiantly against the tenets of modernism and has. By reintroducing elements traditionally associated with houses from a gabled roof to an arch framed entrance but.
Vanna venturi house commentary venturi s first important project to be built was his mother s house the vanna venturi house of 1961 1964. The five room house stands only about 30 feet 9 m tall but has a monumental front facade an effect. Vanna venturi instructed her son the young and promising architect robert venturi the project of a house in chestnut hill philadelphia.
Disarmingly simple after the spatial antics of later modernism its plan like that of the beach house project is based on a symbolic conception rather than upon one that is purely spatially abstract. Robert venturi s house for his mother has come to define the postmodern style of architecture. Vanna venturi house from the south west 2010 photograph by smallbones.