A New York City architecture firm recently designed a home intended to be “a rejoinder to the McMansion.” However, the new home is itself unusual:
Instead of building today’s typical “McMansion” of several thousand square feet, a single house of 918 ft2 is placed in the center of the site. A compressed form intersected by three spherical voids, the house has a kitchen at its center and is realized as one large room on three levels.
Instead of fossil fuel, the house is heated geothermally.
Instead of grid power, the house has electricity from the sun.
Two pictures help provide a sense of the home’s uniqueness:
I still contend that more Americans would choose the McMansion over the modernist design. Even with the McMansion’s complicated to garish architecture, it reminds more people of home. In contrast, the modernist designs seem clean but foreign, interesting but unwelcoming.
Interestingly, even the architecture firm seems to think this design is a ways from reaching the masses:
To gradually form an architecture / sculpture landscape as a nonprofit extension of “T” Space art gallery in Rhinebeck
At this point, it has a different purpose.