Los Angeles, California, 2001

This house is based on a mass-producable system implemented as an interconnected network of small, flexible bands. The bands are flat steel trusses, scaled to fit and stack into standard delivery trucks and shipping containers—hence processes of construction and distribution are engineered into the system at the front end.

The bands operate according to simple rules, incorporating various behaviors and patterns of movement into their forms. Through topological bending and twisting, they conduct or arrest flows of bodies, vehicles, and light. Stairs, windows, and doors evolve performatively rather than being added syntactically. The house emerges as a continuous living room, an effect of flexible, opportunistic processes and practices. Unlike Le Corbusier’s famous “machine for living,” this house is an abstract machinic organization.

Client: FRAC Center, Paris
Type: House Prototype