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Steel House

Steel House

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People

  • Cedric Price (creator)
  • Cedric Price (architect)
  • Frank Newby (consulting engineer)
  • Douglas Smith (consultant)
  • Cedric Price (archive creator)

Title

Steel House

Dates of creation

1965-1969

Level of archival description

File 60

Extent and Medium

  • 156 drawings
  • 5 reprographic copies
  • 3 panels
  • 1 model
  • 1 photograph
  • 0.06 l.m. of textual records

Scope and Content

File documents an unsuccessful competition entry, in collaboration with Miles Park, Douglas Smith and Frank Newby, for a mass-produced housing system using steel, for a competition sponsored by the European Coal and Steel Community. Requirements called for rapid assembly/disassembly, and flexible unit plans that could be altered by home owners and appeal to a wide range of owners and their preferences. Schematic sketches include exterior elevations, floor plans, preliminary details, and charts for building components. Conceptual sketches show alternate unit and floor plan arrangements, and include network analysis plans, site maximization plans based on transportability, family breakdown diagrams, alternate internal unit layout plans based on age and other factors, functional area plans indicating separation possibilities, and charts which cross-reference factors such as transportability, construction, and assembly requirements. Design development drawings show typical plans, site plans, sections, elevations, details, axonometric drawings of structure and cladding, internal units, and components. Some material in this file was published in Price, Cedric, "Steel Housing", 'Architectural Design', vol. 37, (May 1967) 244, and Price, Cedric, 'Cedric Price-Works II' (London: Architectural Press, 1984) 36, 49-50, 113. Material in this file was produced between 1965 and 1969.

'High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community' is the full name of the client as found in the textual records. The title of the competition is 'International Competition for the Design of Industrially Fabricated Dwellings'.

File contains conceptual drawings, design development drawings, photographic material, presentation panels, textual records, and model.

Reference Number

AP144.S2.D60

Language of material

Documents are in English.

Related units of description

  • The model parts for DR2004:0094 relate both to 'Steel House' (AP144.S2.D60) and to 'Housing Research' (AP144.S2.D67). Group DR1995:0294:087-090 in Domain (AP144.S2.D108) contains panels 2 to 5 for Steel House (AP144.S2.D60). Groups DR2004:0223, DR2004:0226, DR2004:0227, DR2004:0257, DR2004:0260, and possibly DR2004:0231 in 'Housing Research' (AP144.S2.D67) contain materials that relate to this file. Group DR2004:0036 in the Photographic Materials series (AP144.S6) contains negatives related to this file. Group DR2004:0257 contains materials that relate to 'Steel House' (AP144.S2.D60).

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:001-018
    • Title: Plans, elevations, window and structural details, and axonometric sketches
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    15 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, and coloured pencil on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 38 x 51 cm

    Physical Description:

    - This group contains one set of 4 drawings that are stapled together.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:019-035
    • Title: Detail elevations, axonometric sketches, structural details
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 2

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    detail elevations, axonometric sketches, structural details, diagrams of services, annotations, schematic plans, chart, diagrams, and table of design elements

    Quantity / Object type:

    17 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, adhesive labels, and adhesive tape on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 38 x 51 cm sheet (largest): 50 x 76.5 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:036-055
    • Title: Multiple schematic plans showing module variations based on needs and uses
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    22 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, coloured pencil, and wax crayon on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 38 x 50 cm

    Physical Description:

    - This group includes 5 stapled sets of drawings.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:056-074
    • Title: Sketch section, diagrams and sketches, some with annotations, and multiple schematic plans showing module variations
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    19 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite and ink on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 50 x 76 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:075-093
    • Title: Multiple schematic plans showing module variations, and diagrams
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    19 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, coloured pencil, and adhesive tape on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 38 x 50 cm

    Physical Description:

    - This group contains 6 sets, 5 of which are stapled and one of which is taped together.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:094-113
    • Title: Multiple schematic plans, showing module variations
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    20 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, coloured pencil, wax crayon, and adhesive tape on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheets: 38 x 51 cm

    Physical Description:

    - This group contains 8 sets of stapled drawings.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:114-133
    • Title: Multiple schematic plans showing module variations, axonometric drawings, details, and thumbnail sketches
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    21 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, coloured pencil, and wax crayon on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 38 x 51 cm sheet (largest): 38.5 x 57.5 cm

    Physical Description:

    - This group contains 6 sets of stapled drawings.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:134-142
    • Title: Plans and detail sections showing structure, thumbnail sketches, and axonometric drawings
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    9 conceptual drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • conceptual drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite and ink on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 38 x 26 cm sheet (largest): 51 x 76 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:143-145
    • Title: Structural details, details of modular elements, axonometric drawings, and elevation variations
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    3 presentation panel(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • presentation panels

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver prints mounted on cardboard

    Dimensions:

    panel: 37.5 x 50 cm

    Physical Description:

    - The panels in this group each have a set of punched holes with metal grommets at top edge.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:146-159
    • Title: Project analysis chart, axonometric drawings of assembly and modules
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    project analysis chart, axonometric drawings of assembly and modules, table of modular elements, diagrammatic plans of module variations, detail plans and axonometric drawings of kitchen and bathroom modules, sketch layouts, and axonometric of structure

    Quantity / Object type:

    14 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Graphite, ink, wax crayon, and adhesive tape on translucent paper

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 38 x 69 cm sheet (largest): 52 x 76 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:160-164
    • Title: Project analysis chart, axonometric drawings of modules
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    project analysis chart, axonometric drawings of modules, table of modular elements, some with annotations, and elevations, plans and sections of proposal

    Quantity / Object type:

    5 design development drawing(s)

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawings

    Technique and media:

    Ink, coloured pencil, and paper collage on reprographic copies

    Dimensions:

    sheet (smallest): 30.5 x 67.5 cm sheet (largest): 79 x 114 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:186:001
    • Title: Sketches, some with annotations, correspondence, competition programme
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items: 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    sketches, some with annotations, correspondence, competition programme, clippings, drafts of publication article, press release, competition summary, meeting notes, notes, and office memoranda

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 38 x 2 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0226:186:002
    • Title: Sketches, drawings, correspondence, architect's statement
    • Form: textual records
    • Catalogued items: 1

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    sketches, drawings, correspondence, architect's statement, competition programme, promotional materials, trade catalogue, office memoranda, notes, thumbnail and conceptual sketches many with annotations and calculations, including a folder containing publications, draft competition report, sketches with annotations, notes, press release, reference drawings, and exhibition catalogue

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 file(s)

    Dimensions:

    folder: 24 x 38 x 3 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

    Objects that have been catalogued:

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    • Reference Number: DR1995:0294:087-090
    • Title: Drawings possibly from another project, including plans, elevations, sections and site plans
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items: 0

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    4 panel(s)

    Technique and media:

    Reprographic copies mounted on cardboard

    Dimensions:

    panels: 38 x 50 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0094
    • Title: Component pieces for a model, including plexiglass panel
    • Form: models

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Description:

    component pieces for a model, including plexiglass panel, plastic panels, clippings, possibly unrelated to the project, and a box containing plexiglass panels, plastic tubes and painted wood blocks

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 model(s)

    Technique and media:

    Paint on wood, plexiglass, and plastic

    Physical Description:

    - The model parts for DR2004:0094 are contained in a tin box labeled 'Steel House' while contents are labeled '81 Housing Research' and '81 Model'.

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0095
    • Title: Reprographic copy of plans showing alternative arrangements
    • Form: textual records

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 textual record(s)

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 21 x 30 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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    • Reference Number: DR2004:0096
    • Title: View of text of project description
    • Form: photographs

    People:

    • Cedric Price (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 photograph(s)

    Technique and media:

    Gelatin silver print

    Dimensions:

    sheet: 5 x 16 cm

    Credit line:

    Cedric Price fonds
    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal

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