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Name: Jessica Aufiero/Jessica Aptman
Firm: Susan Magrino Agency
Address: 641 Lexington Avenue | Floor 28 | New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212.822.8185

Illycaffè, the renowned Italian coffee company, brings a work of living art to the Time Warner Center for the holiday season with its innovative illy Push Button House, designed by noted artist/architect Adam Kalkin.

Originally unveiled at the 52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition in June 2007, the illy Push Button House is a fully functional and sustainable home built within a standard industrial shipping container that takes approximately 90 seconds to fully open. The illy Push Button House is driven by actuators controlled by a specially designed computer located inside the dining room table. With the push of a button, the shipping container transforms into a five-room home with a kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, living room and library.

As dedicated supporters of sustainable development, illy worked with Kalkin to develop its Push Button House, which is a demonstration of mobile mechanics that could be adapted to many different circumstances and landscapes. Utilizing non-traditional materials, the Push Button House redefines the concept of a home. This innovative model could conceivably be utilized as disaster relief housing, an exhibition space or even a sustainable million dollar home.

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  1. I notice this house doesn’t have a roof when its open. This seems like a small flaw in the concept …

  2. I think it is ridiculous. Shall we assume the roof and walls are “extras?” Nonfunctional, expensive prefabs are so yesterday.

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