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  • Suburban Horror Story

    Angela HUANG & Alex TAHINOS, "Real Fictions II: Pier Gardens." Model.
    Muncie INDIANA

    Ball State University

    critic: James KERESTES.

    suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
    Matthew HAYES: The suburban home, with its traditional gabled fa├žade, has become the embodiment of the housing typology which outwardly conveys a sense of conformity and uniformity while maintaining marginal latitude for individual expression.

    This shape has become the universal symbol for the home and has permeated into our society at all levels. The idea of the suburb has evolved to the point where it has become a two-dimensional application that has often been co-opted, as in the case of many fast food restaurants and large grocery stores, to subtly imply to a sense of home or comfort to the consumer. This project offers a contrasting proposal for residential architecture and the suburbs; speculating on a new form of residential architecture that manipulates and deviates from an existing suburban residence. The goal for this project was, in contrast to changing the fabric of the suburbs, to create a new and foreign form that, through its difference, undermines the integrity and philosophy of the regimented and monotonous suburban landscape.

    The new form grew from some of the inherent logic that resided within the existing house and worked to modify and deviate the formal operations of the original home. These modified forms are repurposed based on new programmatic functions and begin to weave and integrate into the existing home. While penetrating into the home, these growths, through their forms and materiality, respect the integrity and frame certain elements of the Gothic home.

    sP: What or who influenced this project?:
    MH: Dystopian and sci-fi films and their concept art.

    sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
    MH: Reading Horror in Architecture and Citizens of No Place. Listening to Skizzy Mars, Quinn XCII and Joyner Lucas. Watching films that related to dystopias or technology such as Blade Runner and Ex Machina.

    sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
    MH: Preliminary Research Office, Ibanez Kim, Simon Stalenhag.