HOUSE is a prototype compact dwelling, which also works a stage set, a community workshop venue and hub for the Big West Festival. The building is constructed from two prefabricated modules, delivered by truck and craned into place. After the festival, HOUSE will be carefully numbered, taken apart and reassembled as a small family home.
The dwelling has four rooms of different sizes plus a mezzanine space. The function of these spaces is not fixed and can be rearranged by the occupants. Customised furniture pieces have been designed to add a further layer of flexibility, expression and identity. Generous eaves and a large covered external space allow the internal space to extend outside, and the ability for future rooms to be easily added within the overall volume. The footprint of the house is 80m2, allowing multiple dwellings to easily fit on standard suburban sites with shared landscape spaces in between.
HOUSE was commissioned as part of the 2015 Big West Festival. “Dwelling” performance, devised and directed by Jessica Wilson, was performed in the house along with multiple other festival artworks. Other project partners include Victoria University, Peter Felicetti and Henley Homes.