Times are tough for architects and a lot of them are going after smaller projects. Some of them are even giving their work away. David Baker and Partners have produced the Modularean Eco House out of ecologically farmed bamboo finished with a low VOC soy resin. (To reduce costs, they built it at doll house scale). Then they gave it away for a fundraising auction in support of the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.
Foolishly, the architect writes that "We are not producing additional dollhouses for sale." In this age of prefab where architecture becomes more like industrial design and you get a royalty instead of a fee, it only makes sense to mass-produce such a lovely thing.
Especially when it is put together with such care. It was built in the office woodshop (who knew architectural practices still had them) by woodworker Julianna Sassaman.
The architect writes:
The light-filled loft space accommodates a to-scale collection of Bozart furnishings, all designer- and artist-approved miniatures. Clear panels slide aside opening the rooms from floor to ceiling to the environment, and skylights open for a hand to reach in and move the furniture around. Balanced on one caster wheel, the house can be rolled onto its drought-tolerant yard of "green" orange outdoor carpeting, dotted with circular gravel basins to manage imaginary stormwater runoff. We hope the Modularean Eco House inspires you to keep your footprint light and your imagination limber.
Perhaps architects should reconsider their obsession with the one-off and make their work available to a larger audience; this would be a hit. More great pictures at David Baker + Partners. Found at Modernica, who think it needs a mini bubble lamp.