House of the Future

Anaheim, CA

Market: Cultural

Client

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Completion

1957
House of the Future
House of the Future
House of the Future

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.