Lucy Carpet House

Credits |
Architect(s):  Rural Studio  
Year: 2002
Location: Alabama, U.S.A. 
More info: ruralstudio.org

Lucy Carpet House was designed by Rural Studio for the Harris Family in the impoverished Alabama cotton belt in the southern U.S.A. Interface, a large international carpet manufacturer, sponsored the project with a special donation of 72.000 redundant carpet tiles. Rural Studio rethought the function of these carpet tiles as a  material to construct the walls. Individually stacked tiles are compressed and held together by a heavy wooden ring beam. The carpet walls are protected from water by an exaggerated roof overhang, drawing on the rural vernacular language that characterises homes in the southern region.
 

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