Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling

Jul 20–Oct 20, 2008


Kieran Timberlake Architects. Cellophane House (Exterior). 2008. Aluminum frame, custom steel connectors, polycarbonate floors and interior walls, acrylic stair, aluminum curtain wall and e2 glazing, glazing, translucent roof, metal grating for walkways and balconies, GRP Bathroom Pods, bathroom fixtures, plumbing trim and accessories, Next Gen SmartWrap™ (PET, Photovoltaics, Infrared blocking film), aluminum angles, LED lighting, kitchen casework, appliances, louvers and fans, epoxy paint, and nuts and bolts. Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of the exhibition "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling" This project supported in part by Kullman Buildings Corp., CVM Engineers, Arup Lighting, Schüco USA, Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, 3form, DuPont Teijin Films, PowerFilm, Valcucine, 3M Window FilmsTM-Prestige Series, Miele, Duravit, AF New York, Universal Services Associates, Inc., Capital Plastics Company, Craftweld Fabrication Company Inc., A&B / McKeon Glass, Inc., Czarnowski, Bosch Rexroth, distributed by Airline Hydraulics Corporation, Total Plastics, Inc., Maspeth Welding, Inc., Burgess Steel, JE Berkowitz, LP and Oldcastle, CPI Daylighting, Inc., Greenheck, distributed by Del Ren Associates, ICI Paints, and Burnett Products Company, Inc.
  • MoMA, Floor 6, Exhibition Galleries The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art Exhibition Gallery

The exhibition, and its accompanying website, display the process of architectural design and production in equal measure with the actual end result. Within the gallery, eighty-four architectural projects spanning 180 years are presented by means of film, architectural models, original drawings and blueprints, fragments, photographs, patents, games, sales materials and propaganda, toys, and partial reconstructions. This diverse collection of material illustrates how the prefabricated house has been, and continues to be, not only a reflection on the house as a replicable object of design but also a critical agent in the discourse of sustainability, architectural invention, and new material and formal research.

Organized by Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, and Peter Christensen, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

The exhibition is the fifth in a series of five exhibitions made possible by The Lily Auchincloss Fund for Contemporary Architecture and is also generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation and by Jerry I. Speyer and Katherine G. Farley.

Additional funding is provided by David Teiger, The Winston Foundation, Inc., and the Foundation for the Advancement of Architectural Thought.

Media sponsorship is provided by Metropolitan Home Magazine.


  • Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling Exhibition catalogue, Hardcover, 248 pages
  • Press release 9 pages


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