Architect: John Hejduk

One Thing Leads to Another

One Thing Leads to Another

By Richard Hall

Architecture rarely results from a singular eureka moment or a spontaneous act of genius. The myth of the napkin sketch is precisely a myth. The lucidity it suggests is essential, but it is seldom instantaneous or hermetic. It comes from work. In architecture, this work is of a special kind,… Read More

John Hejduk’s Axonometric Degree Zero

John Hejduk’s Axonometric Degree Zero

By Stan Allen

Sometime in 1981, while I was working on my final thesis project at the Cooper Union, John Hejduk set me a drawing exercise. We had been discussing the spatial implications of the 90-degree axonometric. [1] Hejduk had a very particular understanding of this drawing type, which involved folding or hinging… Read More

Alternative Histories: muf architecture/art on John Hejduk

Alternative Histories: muf architecture/art on John Hejduk

Alternative Histories: David Kohn Architects on John Hejduk

Alternative Histories: David Kohn Architects on John Hejduk

You enter stage right, walking along a raised path with a lake extending upstage and a six metre high wall placed centrally that will conceal your progress from the audience. Downstage a cast of building bodies are pressed against the wall. The drawing is an enigma, suggesting multiple possible encounters… Read More

Alternative Histories: baukuh on John Hejduk

Alternative Histories: baukuh on John Hejduk

John Hejduk’s take on Corbusian purism liberates the very same forms from the kind of gravitas there at their inception, in the 1920s. Once pregnant forms – conceived and refined during extensive morning painting sessions – they become in Hejduk’s production, as light as the effort to draw them using a felt… Read More

San Rocco

San Rocco

By Helen Thomas

This beautiful and black glossy image lies on top of the contrasting ground of a thick, white and matt-surfaced magazine binding. The substance of the drawing is not composed of lines but rather made of solid fields that recoil from each other, very neatly, to leave spaces. These slivers where… Read More

Auerbach: Stone Adversaries – Ruskin’s Rocks, Hejduk’s Diamonds

Auerbach: Stone Adversaries – Ruskin’s Rocks, Hejduk’s Diamonds

By Anthony Auerbach

Paper by Anthony Auerbach read at the Architectural Drawings Symposium, Shatwell, 24 April 2016 I would like to introduce two items from this collection, or rather two collections our host has brought together, whose cohabitation here prompted me to consider whether they are related and whether the relation can be… Read More

John Hejduk

John Hejduk

By John Hejduk

I believe in books and the written word, therefore I fabricate works with the hope that they will be recorded in books. I am pragmatic and believe in keeping records. I believe to record is to bear witness. Quoted from Such Places as Memory, 1998

Three Projects

Three Projects

By John Hejduk

I believe in the density of the sparse. The Diamond Thesis is both creative and analytical. It implies new points of view in architectural space. It delineates with clarity the frontal facet of isometric projection in the two-dimensional space of the picture plane of the drawings. The realisation that works… Read More