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ARQ (Santiago)

versión On-line ISSN 0717-6996

ARQ (Santiago)  no.90 Santiago ago. 2015 

Demountable structures

Ram House
Palazzo Clerici, Milano, Italy, 2015


Space Caviar(1)

© Delfino Sisto Legnani

Should our homes have an airplane mode? Maybe the age of intelligent machines calls for a new notion of domestic architecture –a revised definition of the primitive hut, tailored to the needs of the electromagnetic refugee.

RAM House, designed by Space Caviar and produced by Italian company Prokoss-Mobilrot –based on storage shelves that can be assembled in less than 10 hours–, is a domestic prototype that explores the home’s response to a new definition of privacy in the age of sentient appliances and signal based communication. As the space of the home becomes saturated by ‘smart’ devices capable of monitoring their surroundings, the role of the domestic envelope as a shield from an external gaze becomes less relevant: it is the home itself that is observing us. The RAM House responds to this near-future scenario by proposing a space of selective electromagnetic autonomy. Wi-Fi, cellphone and other radio signals are filtered within the space’s core by various movable shields of radar-absorbent material (RAM) and faraday meshing, preventing signals from entering and –more importantly– escaping. Just as a curtain can be drawn to visually expose the domestic interior of a traditional home, panels can be slid open to allow radio waves to enter and exit, when so desired. ra m House is a proposal of cohabitation with technology other than by a constant default presence. 

Domestic cabinet modules. N. S. The cabinets are made of steel and act as domestic modules, holding appliances and furniture for one activity each. Fully collapsed, the cabinets form a solid electronically shielded unit. Upon opening a cabinet, signal traffic is activated allowingcontrol over domestic data flows.
Legend: 1. Office; 2. Kitchen; 3. Library; 4. Bathroom.

Axonometric. Published scale 1: 125

Front view. Published scale 1: 75

Architects: Space Caviar: Joseph Grima, Giulia Finazzi, Simone C. Niquille / Location: Palazzo Clerici, Milán, Italia / Producer: PROKOSS MOBILROT SRL / Dates 14-19 April 2015 / Structure & domestic cabinet modules PROKOSS MOBILROT SRL / Kitchen & shower fittings: DORNBRACHT / Bathroom fittings: DURAVIT AG / Furniture: Fratelli Levaggi / RF insulation: GECO-LAB / Materials: industrial shelves structure in varnished steel, varnished steel meses, RF yellow foam / Surface Area 82 m² 

1. Space Caviar | Design research studio operating at the intersection of architecture, technology, politics and the public realm. Founded by Joseph Grima and Tamar Shafrir in Genoa, Italy, the studio uses design, text, and film to investigate the production of space and modes of habitation as forms of social and political practice.

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