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Animal House


Rigit Rigit



  1. Traditional tornado shelter positioned outside functioning as “root cellar”

  2. Underground shelter migrates into the interior liminal space of the garage after the invention of food refrigeration and to keep out vermin

  3. Above ground steel and concrete box shelters emerge from the ground for easy access and to rid them of dankness

  4. Above ground shelter as most often hidden in wall cavities as they move into the domestic realm. In Animal House they are freed from the wall and demolish a clearing to live within

  5. The shelter is figured as an ambiguous object with animal qualities and vitality. The thing bends and reacts to reorganize the house spatially

  6. In the chance of destructive weather the durable character is not destroyed and becomes the exterior of the home

Animal House proposes a series of tornado shelters placed within suburban homes and figured as architectural characters, possessing extreme material durability to resist the entropy of the exterior world. Taking the suburban single-family house as site these hyper-durable character/cores disrupt, reorganize, and enrich the interior with implied subjectivity and vitality. Through their various postures they re-orient the existing framework of their containers while also containing a protected interior of their own, only large enough to protect that which is most precious during a storm. The durable core characters affect the existing framework of the architecture without destroying it entirely from within.

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