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Hider-in-the-House House

Hider-in-the-House House. the work.group architecture

A family in Downey, California reaches out to the work.group with an unsettling discovery. A man has been living in the walls of their home. Indeed it appears that the home was designed and built for that sole purpose. With the nightmare over, the family must know how this house came about.

This is a study in the limits of fiction on both the structure of practice and the design methodology of architecture. Well-developed fiction creates value systems that press each decision to perform for the function of the narrative. By recasting ourselves in the design persona of the Hider, we are compelled to consider values that had not previously been part of our practice.

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