Train Houses, 2022

Toy train, 3-D print, color

 

This work examines housing from a social perspective, focusing on the gaps between interior, personal spaces and exterior, public ones. The unified building facade represents the conflict between interior and exterior, since it includes urban signage, window bars, shutters and plaster, as well as laundry, flowerpots, and personal belongings. Row houses, which in Hebrew are also known as “train houses,” were common in Israel in the 1950s and 1960s. These buildings, whose construction was largely initiated by government agencies, addressed the dire need for housing awakened by waves of mass immigration. This rapid and cheap construction method was used to create small, simple apartments surrounded by minimal public spaces, while making use of inexpensive materials. This building model, which moves in circles and never reaches its destination, represents the difficulties concerning the housing situation in Israel, and the problematic maintenance and aesthetic appearance of these buildings.

The Project was made with Shaul Chohen and Avihai Mizrahi as part of the exhibition Overdose.