Friday, July 11, 2008

moma home delivery: system 3, micro compact & cellophane house

Back in January, I posted here about the Museum of Modern Art's upcoming exhibition on prefab design. Well, the date is almost here--the exhibition opens July 20th!

The museum commissioned five architects to erect their own prefab dwellings in a vacant lot on West 53rd Street, adjacent to the museum. They have chosen five architects from a pool of about 400 to participate in “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling,” an exhibition opening in July. Prefab homes built off site and then delivered are largely complete when they arrive pose great design challenges but can save resources when built in a factory with modular components. They are a hot topic today in architecture schools and among an upscale segment of the housing market.

The five firms to show at the exhibition will be: KieranTimberlake Associates of Philadelphia; Lawrence Sass of Cambridge, Mass.; Douglas Gauthier and Jeremy Edmiston of Manhattan; Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf of Austria; and Richard Horden of Horden Cherry Lee in London. This is a video of System3 and a pictures of the Micro Compact & Cellophane houses on exhibition at the site.

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