Friday, February 10, 2017

The Aluminaire House Is On The Move

When we talk about moving house we are usually referring to the building's contents but in this case we are talking about moving the entire structure. The Aluminaire House, a ready-to-assemble metal home, was built by Swiss modernist architect Albert Frey and is considered a masterpiece of modern design. On 9 February 2017, the disassembled house is moving from a New York storage unit to Southern California where it will remain permanently in a Palm Springs park.
"The cubic dwelling contains five rooms and encompasses 1,200 square feet (111 square metres). Made of steel and aluminium, the three-storey structure partly sits atop six columns.
Its exterior walls are clad in un-anodised, narrow-ribbed aluminium panels. Expanses of glass and a third floor terrace are designed to connect the inhabitants to the outdoors."
This will not be the first move the house has made. It was built for a 1931 exhibition put on by the Allied Arts and Industries Association and the Architectural League of New York after which it was dismantled and reassembled on the New York country estate of modernist architect Wallace Harrison, where, over the course of five decades, it fell into disrepair. In the 1980s the home was donated to the New York Institute of Technology for restoration. When the institute closed the house was put into storage. Once a new park is completed in downtown Palm Springs later this year, the dwelling will be assembled there and opened up to the public.

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