Open house is a project by Droog in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Open house was presented in a one-day event on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011. The event was kicked-off with a symposium at Studio-X New York introduced and moderated by Mark Wasiuta of Columbia University, followed by a bus trip to Levittown, where visitors could view and participate in nine house installations in the neighborhood, designed and executed by architects, designers and artists in collaboration with the homeowners. One of the installations showcased concepts for future open houses, with proposals for new housing configurations and regulatory modifications.

Droog Lab

Initiated by Renny Ramakers, Droog Lab is a design platform run by Droog in collaboration with local partners and designers worldwide. Aiming to define the next generation of global design, the Droog Lab seeks inspiration from diverse societies in a series of eight projects from 2009-2012. Lessons learned locally are translated into globally-relevant design outcomes and publications.
Droog Lab is supported by Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and City of Amsterdam.



Director: Renny Ramakers
Content & project manager: Agata Jaworska
Interns: Daniela Dossi, Rachel Harding, Katrin Murbach, Libby Scarlett

Lead designers: Diller Scofidio + Renfro (Charles Renfro & David Allin)
Design team: EFGH (Hayley Eber & Frank Gesualdi), Claudia Linders, Frans Twisk
House installations: Alex Schweder La with Jessica Rivera and Adam Bandler, Austin + Mergold with Spencer Lapp, Claudia Linders, EFGH (Hayley Eber & Frank Gesualdi) with Irina Chernyakova, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism (Urtzi Grau & Cristina Goberna), Freecell (Lauren Crahan & John Hartmann), Janette Kim and Erik Carver, L.E.FT (Makram El Kadi & Ziad Jamaleddine), The Living (David Benjamin & Soo-in Yang) and Livia Corona
Consultants: Reinhold Martin, Heleen Mees, Mark Wasiuta
Graphic design: Droog (Simon Phillipson)
Website: Frans Twisk
Photography: Naho Kubota
Videography: Donna Pallotta

Symposium partner: Studio-X New York, GSAPP, Columbia University. Part of the Global Network Initiative of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University

Thank you to the homeowners: Jose & Carina Barsallo, Phyllis Dalton, Polly Dwyer, Jim Hudak, Dawn Occhiogrosso, Rich & Lisa Santer, Anita Thompson, Ann Torcivia (coordinator), Lisa & Leo Vanderberg

Thank you to the service providers for sharing insights: Brian Mestre Dog Walking, Citymeals-on-Wheels, delivery.com, Dr. Sofa, Extreme Achievers Team, God’s Love We Deliver, InterExchange, Intuitive Readings with Derek Calibre, Joshua the Psychic, Kelima K, My Image Expert, North American Investigations, Inc., NY Wedding Dance, Paws In Chelsea, Relaxation Suite, SanaVita, Sunny Bates Associates, The Image Circle, The Luv Coach, Train Daly, Unique Chic

Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio based in New York City. For three decades, the studio has realized work of civic and cultural significance through a practice that straddles design, the visual arts, and the performing arts.