David Hertz and Panel House featured in new book of Paintings and Catalan Poetry

We are proud that the Panel House is featured in an oil painting by artist Joan Longas on the cover of a new book of poetry by Ernest Farres, author of the poetry collection Edward Hopper, inspired by the works of the American painter.

 Containing 40 essays in the form of Alexandrian poems, the book is written in Catalan, one of the four languages commonly spoken in Spain.  One such poem is dedicated to the work of David Hertz.  The poem inspired by the Panel House and more images of the painting are below.

2911 OCEAN FRONT WALK, VENICE
 
On a black backdrop, nuances are lost forever.
The marked rationality of its design
seems strange so close to the beach.
Does it fit in, or not, near Venice pier?
Perhaps it only wishes to have iconic power.
The façade facing the sea is beautiful,
with a reflecting glass that aims to suggest
an exhibitionist introversion,
a division of space between inside
and out. While the glass dematerializes
the walls, the mirror provides a new
materiality and brings a change
of perspective that challenges us intellectually.
It resembles the style of Norman Foster,
eager to cover all things with glass.
If the volume were lacking a functional
interior, it would be an enigmatic pearl.
Palm trees, sky (indeed, especially
this splendid blueness of the sky), sand,
our own image... everything is reflected
throughout the surfaces, glazed, serious,
a little tainted, high tech... and projecting all outwards.
With the motto “World’s smallest front yard”,
a continuous flow from a sculptural fountain
trickles nearby, while passers-by look on approvingly.
Architect David Hertz, attracted by the use of industrial
materials and techniques, strives
to wrap it all in highly insulating and resilient
prefabricated cold storage panels
and in solar panels on the roof.
When he was very young, he learned with John Lautner
and Frank Gehry; later, he went on to carve his own career.
Sustainability is a key concept
he has developed in his buildings.
Following this idea, Hertz built the entire abode
at McKinley Avenue where he lives.
Nowadays, houses aren’t just four walls and a roof.
They are, on occasion, the realisation of a lifetime.
Any new house is a young house
that, with liberal ground-breaking attire,
wishes to dazzle, to aspire, to inspire.
— Ernest Farres