Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Housing fitting the times

I think that this odd-looking shape designed by Alexander Remizov is a rather interesting idea for a housing structure, reminiscent of Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House, of which one of the two that were made is on display at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside of Detroit:

 No, they don't look alike. The resemblance* has to do with purpose of structure and the time for which it was/is intended to be built. Remizov's 'Ark' is built from available materials after (presumably) a post-climate catastrophe, with the ability to fulfill its occupants' needs using non-consumable energy sources and large amounts of interior green space.Fuller's Dymaxion house was built from aluminum and re-purposed aircraft parts as an attempt to leverage spare post-WWII manufacturing capacity to provide a source of cheap, resource-efficient housing.

What a contrast to the big footprint homes built in the US over the past two decades.

*Although the central design of each structure does take some inspiration from the 'Siberian grain-silo house' noted in the linked Wikipedia article.

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