Ant Farm, Richard Jost, Chip Lord, Doug Michels House of the Century (Alvin and Marilyn Lubetkin House), Mo-Jo Lake, Texas, South and North Elevations 1971-73

  • Not on view

House of the Century is a weekend home on the banks of Mo-Jo Lake, near Angleton, Texas. In this project, the art and architecture collective Ant Farm translated forms developed for their temporary, inflatable structures into more durable materials, achieving the group’s first permanent building. One focus of the San Francisco-based counterculture design practice was the documentation of its working methods. House of the Century was the main case study in A Ferrocement Instruction Guide, the group’s do-it-yourself guide. With its organic, phallic forms, this Futurist dwelling is an ironic homage to the space age and a reminder of the potential influence of wider cultural references in the creation of architecture and shelter. In this sense, the project is related to Ant Farm’s art performances, which characteristically reacted to—and produced inflamed commentary on—consumer and popular culture.

Gallery label from 9 + 1 Ways of Being Political: 50 Years of Political Stances in Architecture and Urban Design, September 12, 2012–March 25, 2013.
Ink, pencil, and felt-tipped marker on transparentized paper
24 x 36" (61 x 91.4 cm)
Gift of the Doug Michels Estate and the University of Houston
Object number
© 2021 Ant Farm
Architecture and Design

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

All requests to license audio or video footage produced by MoMA should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills or motion picture footage from films in MoMA’s Film Collection cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For licensing motion picture film footage it is advised to apply directly to the copyright holders. For access to motion picture film stills please contact the Film Study Center. More information is also available about the film collection and the Circulating Film and Video Library.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication or, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].