Modern Prefab + Credit Crunch = Teardown

The architects of the prefabs at the MoMA show Home Delivery were allowed to sell their houses at the end of the show. Most were more works of art rather than livable houses, so it shouldn't really be a surprise that there were not many takers. Only the micro-compact home found a buyer, and it was the only really complete production model of the bunch. (the System 3 house, which I thought was the gem of the show, was shipped back to Europe)

Erica Orden writes in New York Magazine:

The architects were allowed to sell their dream houses after the show closed October 26, and Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev expressed interest in buying all five. But that fell through. "We were in the process of negotiating this, and we were waiting for an answer from his lawyer," says one of the architects, Lawrence Sass. "And the market crashed the Friday before he was going to give us his answer."

Stephen Kieran, designer of the cellophane house, told me at the Reimagining Cities conference that they were going to move the house but that it ended up being cheaper to completely disassemble it. He noted that the BURST*008 house didn't come apart well and ended up just being demolished.

More on MoMA in TH
Home Delivery: Modern Prefab Lives Fast, Dies Young, Leaves Good Looking Corpse
Home Delivery: Wrapping It Up With The Cellophane House
Home Delivery: The Micro Compact Home Comes To America
System3 House Installed at MoMA Home Delivery Exhibition
Home Delivery : BURST*008 : TreeHugger
Home Delivery : Digitally Fabricated Housing : TreeHugger

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