No Nails, No Lumber: The Bubble Houses of Wallace Neff
Imagine a house constructed in less than forty-eight hours, without using lumber or nails, that is more resistant to fire, earthquakes, and hurricanes than any traditionally built structure. This may sound like the latest development in prefab housing or green architecture, but the design dates back to 1941 when architect Wallace Neff (1895 1982) developed Airform construction as a solution to the global housing crisis. Best known for his elegant Spanish Colonial revival estates in Southern California, Neff had a private passion for his dome-shaped "bubble houses" made of reinforced concrete cast in position over an inflatable balloon. No Nails, No Lumber shows the beauty and versatility of Neff 's design in new and vintage photography, previously unpublished illustrations, and archival material and ephemera.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Litchfield Park Arizona
Loyola University California
Pacific Linen Supply Co
Andrew Neff House
South Pasadena California
Former Bubble House Residents
Patents of Wallace Ne
Selected Unbuilt AirformProjects 194458
Other editions - View all
AICC Airform balloon Airform Construction folder Airform houses AIRFORM INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION Airform residence Airform structures approximateiy Architect Architectural Record baiioon bathroom bedrooms bubbie bubble houses bui|t buiid buiit California CASA BAL√O Christian Science Monitor Company completed Airform concrete cost Dakar developed dome door double-bubble houses Douglas Fairbanks Jr Engineering News Record fabric Falls Church ﬁreplace ﬁrst ﬁve ﬂoor Goodyear grain storage bins Hobe Sound Huntington Library Igloo inﬂated interior INTERNATIONAL CONSTRUCTION CORPORATION January January 25 Karachi kitchen layer of gunite left Fig Litchﬁeld Park living room Loyola Marymount University MARY Mexico Neff referred Neff's Neff’s Nett Noyes opposite bottom Fig opposite Fig opposite top Fig painted Pasadena pianned pneumatic form projects Reachi right Fig rubber š š San Marino severai single-bubble South Pasadena square feet Tanzmann Virginia waiis Wallace Neff Collection walls Waterval Wellington Sears WEST 57 STREET Wigwam wire mesh