Massie Produced

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January 14, 2009
Originally published in The Prefab Issue

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.
    Seen from the outside, angular slits offer tantalizing glimpses of the home's interior.
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  William Massie relaxes inside the utterly unique interior of his America House 08.
    William Massie relaxes inside the utterly unique interior of his America House 08.
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  The kitchen is a long sleek space.
    The kitchen is a long sleek space.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  Irregular milled perforations form intriguing light wells in the skin of the house.
    Irregular milled perforations form intriguing light wells in the skin of the house.
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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.
    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.
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  The inner dimple, not far from the front door, separates the entrance from the living space.
    The inner dimple, not far from the front door, separates the entrance from the living space.
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  Up close the dimple forms a voluptuous hallway.
    Up close the dimple forms a voluptuous hallway.
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  The curving exterior of the podlike bath and shower cuts an elegant form at the other end of the room.
    The curving exterior of the podlike bath and shower cuts an elegant form at the other end of the room.
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  The bedroom is a comfortable show of geometric regularity.
    The bedroom is a comfortable show of geometric regularity.
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