The Museum of Modern Art Surveys—and Builds!—Some Curious Experimental Homes

At "Home Delivery," you can flirt with the idea of suburbia without ever straying from midtown.

At a mere 76 square feet, Richard Horden and Haack + Hopfner Architects' "Micro Compact Home," or "mch," speaks to one's inner Unabomber: a tiny steel cube containing all the components of a modern home. Yet its parts are so streamlined and tightly fitted together as to discourage not only the accumulation of material goods (no books, please, or personal papers), but also excessively tall or corpulent dinner guests.

That's a wrap: The Cellophane House.
Kieran Timberlake Associates/MOMA

That's a wrap: The Cellophane House.

Details

'Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling'
The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street And outdoor space to the west of the museum
Through October 20

I liked "System3," designed by Austrian architects Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf, a long, single-story "unit" that looked something like a shipping container luxuriously outfitted by BMW, though it was broiling hot inside each time I visited, and its austere elegance promised to be at least as uncomfortable as the loft we currently inhabit. But then, location is everything.

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