Let Me Tell You About My House

office ca (Galo Canizares + Stephanie Sang Delgado)

October 23, 2020 — 7:00 p.m.
Drive-Through / Walk-By Only — No Gathering, Remarks, or Refreshments
Location: The Night Gallery (Bridgeport) - 3149 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60608


On Exhibit: October 23-November 12
Location: The Night Gallery

In consideration of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, this event will take place outdoors with 6-foot social distancing; masks will be required at all events. Please RSVP so we can manage crowd sizes in public space.
The 21st Century has yet to fulfill its predecessor’s promise of capsule, pod, and spaceship living. While calls for architecture to become hi-tech or metabolic resulted in canonical experiments and striking images, cities never quite accepted the concept of space-age living. The imagined futures of the 60s and 70s became footnotes in the history of various modernisms, rejected by a public more concerned with automobiles, mass media, and accruing capital. But even though “plug-in” cities and “capsule” skyscrapers didn’t become mainstream, building components did evolve to become, according to Reyner Banham, an “ensemble of domestic gadgetry [that] epitomizes the intestinal complexity of gracious living.”

4x4 House is an exploration of this domestic gadgetry and a radically pragmatic response to the call for new modes of domesticity. It does not propose novel forms, but instead repurposes existing technology to produce new spatial conditions. Using one of the most common building components, the hydraulic elevator, 4x4 House revisits the notion that a house can be a machine for living in. With 16 possible configurations and an externalized fluid insulation envelope, it reverses the typical arrangement of a house’s intestinal systems to produce space that is modular, mutable, and accessible to all.

About office ca
office ca is a design research collaborative led by Galo Canizares and Stephanie Sang Delgado, who are fascinated by the absurdities of constraints, codes (in every sense), and histories of architecture. Founded in 2014, they research curious objects such as software, duct tape, mylar, and bean bags. Canizares is the author of Digital Fabrications: Designer Stories for a Software-Based Planet (2019), and Sang Delgado is a registered architect and a previous Teaching Fellow at the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Both currently teach at the Texas Tech College of Architecture.