No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff by Jeffrey Head

By Jeffrey Head

Think a home built in under forty-eight hours, with out utilizing lumber or nails, that's extra proof against fireplace, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any regularly equipped constitution. this can sound just like the most modern improvement in prefab housing or eco-friendly structure, however the layout dates again to 1941 while architect Wallace Neff (1895 1982) constructed Airform development as an answer to the worldwide housing drawback. most sensible recognized for his stylish Spanish Colonial revival estates in Southern California, Neff had a personal ardour for his dome-shaped "bubble homes" made from bolstered concrete solid in place over an inflatable balloon. No Nails, No Lumber exhibits the wonder and flexibility of Neff 's layout in new and classic images, formerly unpublished illustrations, and archival fabric and ephemera.

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To be the consultant for the interior design. 9 Despite expressing interest, the government committed to very few projects, limited to several administrative buildings for the Navy in San Pedro and for the Marine Corps in San Diego. 10 The unconventional shape remained a curiosity that attracted a steady number of visitors to the site.  17 + 18] The DHC sold the Falls Church bubble houses in 1947. Residents attempted to buy their individual units, but the lots were sold as a group for $48,000 to a Captain Hampton E.

25 Once the AICC had folded and Waterval was out of the picture, Neff made plans to sell worldwide rights to the Airform construction method. Struggling to find a buyer, he instead decided to start another company, Pneumatic International, Inc. in 1961. Although most of his patents were about to expire, he hoped that Pneumatic International would reactivate interest in Airform construction. Arthur Libby Neff, Neff ’s youngest son, was president of the new company. 27 It was lost to history in the late 1960s as large-scale housing projects became more institutional and industrialized.

Neff used the same green for the window shutters on the Falls Church houses.  29: An Airform residence with garden Between 1941 and 1942 Neff developed two types of bubble houses for Litchfield Park: Types A and F. The Type A House, a 720-square-foot double-bubble plan, had a living room and kitchen in one bubble and two bedrooms and a bathroom in the other. 5 The Type A had a brick fireplace and a carport connected by a pergola.  30 + 31] The Type F was the single-bubble house constructed at the Wigwam and configured the same as the two single-bubble houses in Falls Church, Virginia, earlier in the year.

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