House of the Future

Anaheim, CA

Market: Cultural


Massachusetts Institute of Technology



In 1954, the Monsanto Chemical Company provided funding to Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Plastics Research Laboratory to develop a futuristic house made of plastics. One goal was to demonstrate that a modular, cost-effective, and modern house could be made almost entirely of plastics. A related goal was to change the role of plastics in construction from that of an inexpensive, substitute material to that of a high-quality, engineered material. SGH was the structural engineer for the House of the Future, which  featured four symmetric wings cantilevered off a central core.