A collaboration between international design company Droog and architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Open Houses is equal parts conceptual design exhibit, fundraiser, and voyeuristic open house. Staged on April 23 in Levittown, Pennsyvlania, the event imagined a future suburbia — one in which homes could become communal pantries, working farms, and neighborhood storefronts.
Architects and designers collaborated with the homeowners on these projects, and Droog says "over $1500 was raised by the homeowners." The unifying concept behind the nine open houses involved adapting each residence "to incorporate a service that is open to the public."
- Vacation Practice by Alex Schweder La with Jessica Rivera and Adam Bandler: Designers printed vacation images on fabrics and draped them throughout the home, allowing visitors to "rehearse potential vacations against curtained backdrops throughout the house and yard."
- Block Pantry by Janette Kim and Erik Carver with Gabriel Fries-Briggs: An external pantry designed to be used by the whole block, this "collective cupboard encourages homeowners, tenants, and neighbors to trade goods for services."
- Bright Dawn Farm by Freecell (Lauren Crahan & John Hartmann): Working together, the designers and homeowner transformed a suburban backyard into a working herb farm.
- Attention Clinic by Claudia Linders: This project is an "homage to the Monty Python Argument Clinic" — rather than pay for arguments, neighbors and family members could use the clinic to make time for one another.
- House of Signs by The Living (David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang) and Livia Corona: A conceptual house-turned-sign-company that advertises itself, "this home business serves other home businesses, helping to build the infrastructure necessary for a new suburban economy."
For more information about the Open Houses project, click here.
Photos: Naho Kubota | Droog