When I was 12, I went to my grandparents’ new house in Norway. They had moved there from a house on a beach; I was sad about that at first because I had liked the rocks there, but their new house made a big impression on me.
I realized that a house was more than a place to live. It could be art. I thought about it a lot.
At the beginning of the year in Capstone, we had a taste of everything. Architecture stood out as the most interesting thing we covered, a mix of pragmatism and art. Modern architecture broke with the style of traditional houses.
For my Capstone project, I studied the architecture of Mies van der Rohe, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright, and based on principles from each, designed a house for myself, on a south-facing incline in Colorado.
At the end of the presentation someone asked which of the architects would most enjoy the house I had designed. Probably Mies van der Rohe. I took the most inspiration from him.