Angela Hareiter

Future House, 1966-1967


Future House marks the third stage in the research carried out by Angela Hareiter at the Technical University in Vienna between 1965 and 1967. In Live Information, the previous project, the plastic cell was designed, through its enveloping form and its technological equipment, as an overall environment calling on all the senses. As a nomadic and interactive arrangement, it defined the dwelling of the future, which could also be plugged into megastructures, thus greatly increasing possibilities of communication. This is what is proposed by Future House, a variable system of cells affixed to a collective supporting mast, a system that Arthur Quarmby, Warren Chalk, James Guitet and Arata Isozaki had all used in their own way in the early 1960s onward. The cells, which are detachable, colourful, and removed from any mooring to the ground, reject the very idea of foundation; they can be moved and replaced as desired, as is described by the short history of “An-An” in the caption of a drawing (“An-An wanted a yellow one today and would buy a red one next month”). Precisely as advocated by Archigram at the time, for Hareiter the habitat became a consumer object that you buy at a supermarket and transport like a mobile home behind your Mustang.

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