Township of Domestic Parts: Bureau Spectacular

Project Team: Jimenez Lai, Joanna Grant, Felipe Oropeza, Kevin Pazik, Shun-Ping Liu, Jacob Comerci, Manon Brissaud-Frenk, Eugenia Macchia

July 2013 - Nov 2014

Role: Project Manager/Designer


The experience of meandering through the Venice Biennale is not dissimilar from the journeys of Le Petit Prince – one wanders amidst a river of inquisitive souls, transporting themselves from worlds to worlds. We welcome the international sea of meandering guests into our home – an oasis, a temporary set, or a guesthouse – but a private diagram of domesticity inverted as public. The Township of Domestic Parts: Made in Taiwan is a collection of nine small houses, each with a single program. Scattered inside the Palazzo delle Prigioni, it forms an interior township of misfit parts. Each house embodies one domestic program, such as the House of Sleep, or the House of Social Eating.


Domesticity is possibly one of the most fundamental beginnings of architecture. In some ways, we are trying to make a direct correlation between privacy and the production of program. Architectural program, particularly throughout the 20th century, has evolved into a highly specialized vocabulary in the composition of the interior, and at times it even impacts the exterior. Through the institutionalization of architectural program, we have set standards for evaluation as well as enhancing privacy. As structures not quite big enough to be architecture and too large to be furniture, the nine small houses can be defined as superfurnitures. Isolating the diagrams of part-to-whole relationship and part-to-part relationships, we condensed each domestic program into its own freestanding superfurniture.