Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on January 23, 2008
If you’ve ever been curious about pre-fab housing, here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest in sustainable architecture. From July 20 to October 20, The Museum of Modern Art will showcase its “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” exhibition, where there will be an off-site installation on a scale you’ll have to see to believe.
As well as the more traditional exhibition fare consisting of “historical documents, full-scale reassemblies, and films that trace the roots of prefabrication in the work of architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Jean Prouvé, and Richard Rogers…and other influential figures, including Thomas Edison and R. Buckminster Fuller”, MoMA has also commissioned five architects to erect pre-fab homes on a vacant lot situated on West 53rd, adjacent to the museum. Some 400 entries were judged by a jury of MoMA curators, staff and industry experts. The final five, who were announced earlier this month are Lawrence Sass of Cambridge, Mass.; Philadelphia’s KieranTimberlake Associates; locals architects Douglas Gauthier and Jeremy Edmiston; Austria’s Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf; and Richard Horden of Horden Cherry Lee in London.
Each team was given $175,000 — anything above that had to born by the architect. Ranging from Micro Compact House “a giant livable Sony radio cube”, complete with photovoltaic panels and wind turbines in the walls, to a five storey house that literally snaps together, a DIY dwelling that its owner can assemble with a laser cutter and rubber mallet to the System 3 house which can be built in 36 hours, there’s a dwelling for every taste, and aptitude.
With a little help from MoMA, prefab never looked so fabulous.