Le Corbusier’s statement, “a house is a machine for living in,” forecasted a future where the house would become an engineered product of standardized, easily-duplicable pieces for an ideal city, while also achieving its ultimate functional purpose: the well-being of its inhabitants.
The house is a typology that provides shelter, however, it is only when we inhabit it that it becomes a home. We adapt it and adapt to it. We extend it, improve it, fix it, even pimp it. Whether it is a custom house designed around a specific end user or a tract house among a landscape of repeated homes in suburbia, we make it our own.
As a typology, it has been the test lab for architectural experimentation that embodies the needs and aspirations of our society. And it is today where the Home is perhaps closer to Corbusier’s original intent. Globalization and the accessibility and integration of technology are turning the home into a service.
From innovative houses designed by remarkable contemporary architects to housing experiments that are shaping our cities and the future of (co)living, we dedicate this month to the Home, its past and especially its future, in all forms and functions.