The RAM House by Space Caviar Architects is an exciting project that uses movable shields constructed from radar-absorbent material (RAM) and faraday meshing, to filter incoming and outgoing signals from communication devices selectively. The House makes us wonder: “Should our homes have an airplane mode? 1”
RAM House by Space Caviar technical information
- Architects: Space Caviar
- Collaborators: Structure and cabinets: Prokoss-Mobilrot / Kitchen and shower fittings: Dornbracht / Bathroom fittings by Duravit / Furniture by Fratelli Levaggi /RF insulation by Geco-lab / Flooring by Artepronta
- Typology: Installation
- Project Year: 2015
- Sources: Space Caviar + Building Blog
The home, one could say, is the mirror of architecture’s soul. As we peer through the window of the radical dwellings each generation has begotten, we gaze deep into its collective subconscious—like a trapdoor into the dreams, aspirations and anxieties of a consciousness that is distant yet somehow familiar.
We adapt our homes to who we are, and then we adapt to our homes: the production of new domesticities is our key mechanism of survival, as primitive and enduring as Marc-Antoine Laugier’s Primitive Hut.
– Space Caviar 2
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RAM House description from the Architects
RAM House, designed by Space Caviar and produced by Italian company PROKOSS, is a domestic prototype that explores the home’s response to a new definition of privacy in the age of sentient appliances and signal-based communication.
As the space of the home becomes saturated by “smart” devices capable of monitoring their surroundings, the role of the domestic envelope as a shield from an external gaze becomes irrelevant: it is the home itself that is observing us.
The RAM House responds to this near-future scenario by proposing a space of selective electromagnetic autonomy. Wi-Fi, cellphone, and other radio signals are filtered within space’s core by various movable shields of radar-absorbent material (RAM) and faraday meshing, preventing signs from entering and – more importantly – exiting.
Just as a curtain can be drawn to expose the domestic interior of a traditional home visually, panels can be slid open to allow radio waves to enter and exit, when so desired. RAM house is a proposal of cohabitation with technology other than by a constant default presence.
RAM House Plans
1, 2. Quotes from the online Article published by Space Caviar: In search of a hut for the electromagnetic refugee