House of the Future

Anaheim, CA

Market: Cultural

Client

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Completion

1957

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.