Individualising the Collective Dwelling
William Lethaby is simultaneously recognised as a mystic, a prominent figure within the Arts & Crafts Movement, a pioneer conservationist, and a precursor to the functionalism of the Modern Movement. Without contradiction, he stood for history and the future, craft and technology, rationalism and expressionism. This is to say that if one is interested in crossbreeding a country villa with an urban housing slab, a Lethaby villa is likely as good as any. Here, Avon Tyrell is spatially and structurally fused with the Rotbuchstrasse housing cooperative. The surprise here is that it is pulled off rather seamlessly—a hypothetical experiment becomes a plausible housing prototype.