Massie Produced

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January 14, 2009

Art object or machine for living in Architect William Massie’s personal prefab project takes the mass out of mass customization to create a one-of-a-kind wonder.

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  Seen from the outside, angular slits offer tantalizing glimpses of the home's interior.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    Seen from the outside, angular slits offer tantalizing glimpses of the home's interior.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  William Massie relaxes inside the utterly unique interior of his America House 08.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    William Massie relaxes inside the utterly unique interior of his America House 08.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  The kitchen is a long sleek space.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    The kitchen is a long sleek space.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  William Massie's factory was itself a spatial influence on the 08 project. The two main doors to the warehouse had originally been designed to allow a standard trailer to back inside. Thus, no section of the house could be wider than the trailer (12 feet). Although each section was designed with these dimensions in mind, getting them out proved tricky. In the end, Massie came with with a solution after building a test model.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    William Massie's factory was itself a spatial influence on the 08 project. The two main doors to the warehouse had originally been designed to allow a standard trailer to back inside. Thus, no section of the house could be wider than the trailer (12 feet). Although each section was designed with these dimensions in mind, getting them out proved tricky. In the end, Massie came with with a solution after building a test model.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  Milling technologies at various scales helped give the house its unique textures and spaces. The result is as much a demonstration piece of domestic construction techniques as it is a place to live.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    Milling technologies at various scales helped give the house its unique textures and spaces. The result is as much a demonstration piece of domestic construction techniques as it is a place to live.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  Irregular milled perforations form intriguing light wells in the skin of the house.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    Irregular milled perforations form intriguing light wells in the skin of the house.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  The curving, bulbous walls of the bath and shower reveal an unexpected secondary role as a screen for film projections, giving the house a sci-fi glow.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    The curving, bulbous walls of the bath and shower reveal an unexpected secondary role as a screen for film projections, giving the house a sci-fi glow.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  The inner dimple, not far from the front door, separates the entrance from the living space.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    The inner dimple, not far from the front door, separates the entrance from the living space.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  Up close the dimple forms a voluptuous hallway.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    Up close the dimple forms a voluptuous hallway.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  The curving exterior of the podlike bath and shower cuts an elegant form at the other end of the room.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    The curving exterior of the podlike bath and shower cuts an elegant form at the other end of the room.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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  The bedroom is a comfortable show of geometric regularity.  Photo by: Henrik Knudsen
    The bedroom is a comfortable show of geometric regularity.

    Photo by: Henrik Knudsen

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