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

By Jeffrey Head

Think a home built in below forty-eight hours, with no utilizing lumber or nails, that's extra proof against hearth, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any usually equipped constitution. this can sound just like the most recent improvement in prefab housing or eco-friendly structure, however the layout dates again to 1941 while architect Wallace Neff (1895 1982) built Airform development as an answer to the worldwide housing quandary. 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 No Nails, No Lumber indicates the wonder and flexibility of Neff 's layout in new and classic images, formerly unpublished illustrations, and archival fabric and ephemera.

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12 – 16: Attached, the Airform balloon was inflated on the anchor under constant air pressure. A layer of gunite was sprayed over the balloon, wrapped in a wire mesh, and covered with a second layer of gunite.  17: Cars lined up to view the completed Falls Church Airforms. , 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.

7 – 16] The floors were made of an asphalt tile and finished with a wood floor, which many covered with linoleum. Although fireplaces and bookcases were planned for the units, they were not included in every house. For the exteriors, white paint was mixed with the gunite to create efficiency and reduced cost. For the metal sash windows, Neff chose the same dark green color for the painted wood shutters that he had used on the mansion he built for Hollywood legend and his one-time business partner, King Vidor.

1 For neighbors, the implosion sounded like a bomb. Once the house was completed, neighbors began to protest the design. Neff was obliged to landscape the property to make it less visible.  44 + 45] The Andrew Neff House is unique among extant Airform structures for its bomb shelter, built in 1962 under the side yard. It was intended to serve as a functional model and promote a new use for the Airform design. The underground shelter was built on a 4" slab foundation using the same method of construction as the standard bubble house.

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