The Aluminaire House was designed by A. Lawrence Kocher and Albert Frey for the Allied Arts Exhibition in April of 1931, New York City. Built as a model "House of the Future", the home used the latest in American technology. Made primarily of aluminum and glass, the house had curtain-wall construction and was supported on a structure of six aluminum columns to which a grid of I-beams was attached. The house was covered on the outside with thin sheets of ribbed aluminum, and interior walls were covered in "Fabrikoid", a washable imitation leather. The furniture included in the model was designed for the house but never built. (information from a document by Joseph Rosa, available on jstor.org)
The model I've made is very detailed, so wait for each scene to draw up completely to see the details. Thanks to those whose models I've incorporated and sometimes adapted to better fit the design.
I hope you enjoy it, and please give me credit if you use this model. I'm sure it would come in handy for architecture history students. While not a perfect reproduction, it is the best I could do with the information available on the house. I had to make some decisions on things myself as plans I found did not always match, and the house had been altered several times during its history. This design falls between as-designed and first as-built.
For information on the current state of the house, visit: http://www.aluminaire.org/
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