Stunning pictures and video footage have revealed the remarkable seesaw house that moves depending on where the weight is distributed.
The incredible images and video show the house tilting from one side to the other as the two inhabitants move about inside.
Other striking shots show people relaxing on the porch, the interior of the house as the occupants go about their daily business and the pair walking about inside as seen through the large glass windows.
Internationally renowned architect-artist Ward Shelley uses his weight to tilt the remarkable house in upstate New York
Artists’ new project is called ReActor and it’s the newest work in an experimental, performative series of ‘social relationship architecture’
ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of ‘social relationship architecture’ designed and built by internationally renowned architect-artist duo Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley.
The project, called ReActor, is a 42 by eight-foot rotating home that balances on a single 14-foot tall concrete column located at the outdoor sculpture park Art Omi in upstate New York.
Movements inside the dwelling, as well as outside forces like gusts of wind, cause the structure to gently tilt and rotate.
Movements inside the dwelling, as well as outside forces like gusts of wind, cause the structure to gently tilt and rotate
Schweder and Shelley (pictured) inhabited the home for five days and their movements towards or away from the house’s fulcrum caused constant motion
Alex Schweder at one end of the house, a 42 by eight-foot rotating home that balances on single 14-foot tall concrete column
Schweder and Shelley inhabited the home for five days and their movements towards or away from the house’s fulcrum caused constant motion.
Because the home is constructed with Philip Johnson-esque levels of floor-to-ceiling windows, the artists’ interior activities were visible to Omi attendees.
Schweder and Shelley have collaborated since 2007, focusing on ‘performance architecture,’ a practice of designing, building, and living in structures for the purpose of public observation and dialogue.
ReActor is a fully functioning home and even has a small kitchen area in the centre, with lounge areas on either side
A hinge connected to the column allowed the entire piece to tilt and rotate around a central point as the weight of its inhabitants shifted
Symmetrical living spaces occupied by each artist made up the plan. Each half of the ‘house’ included basic cooking amenities, and a central bathroom was shared by both occupants
Ward Shelley in the bathroom area of ReActor that he lived in for five days as part of his latest project with Alex Schweder
Kitchen area equipped with knifes and dishes. Subtle changes from either occupant directly affected the other person
Harmony from both occupants was needed to have house in a flat position. Wind and weather factors also affected ReActor