The Place of Houses – Erector House

Harry Wei (website)
Princeton University School of Architecture
Design Studio
Faculty: Stan Allen (website)


This project is a speculation of the modern day cottage industry. As modern industry becomes cleaner and quieter, the spatial distinction between house and factory becomes increasingly blurred, what remains is the desire for openness and adaptability. The Erector House evolved as a single-story steel structure conceived as a kit of rapidly erectable parts. The house is designed to be erected bay by bay, 4 meters apart, held up by suspension structures, allowing more economical foundations, column-free interiors, and increased flexibility.

Perhaps the only trace of domesticity is made evident through the plug-in ‘chimneys’, which interrupt the overall repetitive nature of the High Tech enclosure. The chimneys in multiple configurations provide the Makers with added height for large-scale constructs, ventilation, as well as natural lighting, but most of all it plays a dominant role as an architectural figure associated with domesticity.

Considering the open, informal, do-it-yourself ethos inherent to the world of Makers, the Erector House is less about building than about building systems. Systems that work a bit more like a software interface: a flexible and adaptable infrastructure through which users define their own individual and collective needs, potentials, and desires, with design configured as a machine or appliance for ongoing and unfolding user-ships and application.


One Comment on “The Place of Houses – Erector House

Young-Tack YT Oh
02/11/2015 at 5:41 am

Greetings from University of Michigan!
Have you looked at the works of Andrea Branzi of Archizoom, specifically, ‘Agronica’ and its implications of adaptable infrastructures? Was wondering what your thoughts were.

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