Totem House: Histories of Negation by StudioSUMO is among the five prototypes designed by architects on display in Architecture at Home at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. (Stephen Ironside/Courtesy Crystal Bridges)
Architecture at Home
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
On view until November
Architecture at Home is the inaugural architecture exhibition of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Curated by Dylan Turk, the exhibition consists of five 500 square-foot house prototypes designed by architects from out of state. The installations, which are built along the scenic Orchard Trail leading down to the museum entrance, bask in the natural light filtered through a forest of Ozark shortleaf pines, and speak to the concept of home, innovative materials, and the role of housing in Northwest Arkansas. “[Architects] that work here are bound to local politics and can only say so much without influencing their projects,” Turk told AN. “How are we going to be critical? Not in a negative sense, but in a way that helps us unpack the problem.” To evaluate Architecture at Home’s meaningful contribution to this discussion, let’s first unpack the problem.