Analysis of Wittgenstein House by Peggy Deamer

Analysis of Wittgenstein House | Peggy Deamer

The Stonborough-Wittgenstein House, designed by Ludwig Wittgenstein in 1926-28 for his sister’s family, was a project undertaken between the writing of his Tractus and The Philosophical Investigations. The analysis of this house, unlike others, aligns it with the latter philosophical work and thereby sees the design as a rejection of the possibility of references to external ‘reality’. Instead, like the rules of the ‘language games’ that form the core of the Investigations’ inquiry – rules at once arbitrary – the ‘logic’ of the house, through acts of spatial displacement, scale alienation and denial of linear narrative, plays games with the viewer’s/user’s perceptions.” —in Contemporary Architectural Drawings, Columbia University

Analysis of Wittgenstein House by Peggy Deamer

Vienna, 1980

Collage of a Plan (on translucent paper) and a sketch (pencil on paper).