Open House is a hypothetical device to practically engage architects with domestic transformation. The increasingly ubiquitous availability of digital manuals, DIY instructions, design inspirations and reference models has contributed to a rise in amateur domestic construction, yet it fails to provide professional basis and advice to the numerous projects undertaken by the untrained. A plethora of websites is dedicated to creating small objects, redecorating and fixing one’s home but leaves the ambitious user helpless. In order to repair the rift between expert and homeowner, Open House is created towards a social joint venture between knowledge and ambition. Through various means, the user can seek help on-line and on- site by working with a vending machine of architectural recipes, personal consulting and over-the-counter troubleshooting, experience and support being the only goods exchanged during the process. With Open House, architecture and design become a drop-in centre for the neighbourhood, turning clients into involved workers to realise individual projects of all natures. As it stands, architecture is (despite its social claims) a rather secluded profession and not very present in the public and daily life of cities, towns or countries. Architects mostly work in of ce shut off from
the world, except when exhibiting past work or inviting clients. Even when working, the exchange of user (or client) is limited to weekly or even bi- weekly presentations and feedback loops. The profession is furthermore often a rather non-democratic field: in its current state, it mostly serves the upper-middle class and the wealthy, let alone powerful. Clients are most exclusively corporations, municipalities and when servicing individuals or families, the restrictions of budget in building projects exclude large parts of society that cannot afford to renovate, build or extend real estate. The question arises: shouldn’t there be a more involved, low-level access to what architecture can do? Architects have long surpassed the status of being a unitasker of solely building houses or buildings, so what if they would take on tasks such as realising custom built-in furniture that ts exactly the spaces, or allowing the user to take on certain tasks on their own but offering guidance in small-to-medium projects?
The proposal aims to connect professional, material and economic systems.