Smuggling Architecture is a Graham Foundation funded installation at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, Switzerland.


The installation optimistically smuggles meaning and value into the interiors of three generic suburban house plans through borrowed architectural orders.


Set in front of a research wall on the topic, the three models appear as ordinary American suburban homes - spaced as they would be along a residential street.


Included in the group exhibition titled Under the Radar at the Swiss Architecture Museum, the Smuggling Architecture installation seeks to reclaim the suburban housing stock that has been neglected by modern architecture.


Builder home plans are formed by the aggregation of specific rooms: bedrooms and bathrooms; living room, kitchen, breakfast nook, and dining room; laundry room and garage - at a minimum.


For pick-and-choose buyers, if you want a larger house, you simply add another room. With a variety of sizes and styles, builder home plans easily accommodate everyone’s needs.


Three builders home were selected as sites for smuggling architecture.


Believe it or not, this is the #1 selling builder's home plan under 2,000 square feet. Functionally, this home accommodates the needs of the nuclear family, organizing master and children's bedrooms on opposite ends of the home.


We smuggle an enfilade through the length of the home - that brings room-to-room-to-room together along a singular path from the garage to the children's rooms.


In many of the rooms, the introduction of the enfilade nearly goes unperceived.


The rooms function independently as they did prior to the enfilade smuggle.


However, from certain vistas, the enfilade that cuts at a curve through the home presents itself.


This 2,500 square foot home plan centralizes all of the home's shared spaces (living, dining, and kitchen) at the center of the home, and lines the perimeter with the bedrooms.


We smuggle the concept of Eero Saarinen's Miller House plan to the interior of this builder home: section each of the bedroom clusters into suites at the four corners of the home and leaving the space between as shared space for the family.


The areas between the bedroom suites are reorganized and used for the kitchen, dining room, family room, and library.


Off of the shared areas are the entrances to the guest suite, the children's suite, the master suite, and the utilities suite.


Likewise, from each suite, direct views to the shared areas of the home bring the various suites together.


Here, in the children's suite, two bedrooms connect to a private hallway and shared bathroom.


This 3,000 square foot builder's home plan is defined by a series of stylized chamfered corners throughout the large home.


We smuggle anterooms into the layout of this home to order the sequence and transition between the many rooms of the home.


From the main entrance, the anterooms that are shaped as rotated squares throughout the home, offer a vista of successive rooms.


Within some rooms of the home, the introduction of the anterooms is hardly noticable.


While in others, the anteroom serves to connect through distance and passage up to four distinct areas of the home.


The anterooms playfully animate the interior of the home, creating multiple niches and spaces of connection.


Rather than connect directly two distinct rooms (such as here a bedroom and the study), the anterooms offers a space between that allows for both separation and connection.


The smuggled anterooms offer a new way of inhabiting the builder home that brings awareness to the separation and distinction of each of the rooms.