Tumbling House: a folly

Tumbling House is a folly. Tumbling House is a playscape. Tumbling House is a sculpture.

Tumbling House is sculptural folly of a house seemingly frozen in Muybridge-like stop-motion as it wildly tumbles through space. The implied trail of the tumbling motion of the house is solidified into a pathway that leads to the uppermost house that is a fully rendered tree house. This frozen motion also doubles as the support structure for the sculpture. The outermost suggested trajectory of the bounce is translated into playground structures - a slide, swings, and climbing ladder.


Folly – a definition

folly,  (from French folie, “foolishness”), also called Eyecatcher

In architecture, a folly is a costly, generally nonfunctional (and often deliberately unfinished) building or structure erected to enhance a natural, romantic landscape. Follies first gained popularity in England and they were particularly in vogue during the 18th and early 19th centuries when landscape design was dominated by the tenets of Romanticism. Thus, depending on the designer’s or owner’s tastes, a folly might be constructed to resemble a medieval tower, a ruined castle overgrown with vines, or a crumbling Classical temple complete with fallen, eroded columns.

During this period in landscape design, much care was taken to emphasize the landscape’s pictorial qualities such that a distinct foreground, middle ground, and background could be perceived. To suit the general design purposes, follies were usually built on a much smaller scale than the buildings they imitated. Though follies were sometimes used as pavilions, they were typically built for visual effect alone, and, with other deliberately wrought effects—such as simulated grottoes and rocky chasms—they were intended to improve or complete the natural setting.

In the U.S., the term has been applied to ornate gazebos. It may also be applied to any unusual building that is extravagant or whimsical in style.


Tumbling House: completed work

Tumbling House: concept, design, fabrication, installation

Tumbling House studies. The Art Guys. All works 2011, graphite on paper, 22x30"


Tumbling House. Renders by Chris Lockwood, November, 2011



Tumbling House motion study
Chris Lockwood
Quicktime movie, 3MB

Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, January, 2012


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, March, 2012


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, May 24, 2012 - outline houses study


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, May 24, 2012 - pine chips study


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, May 24, 2012 - color study


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, May 24, 2012 - pine chips study


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, June 1, 2012 - arch, stairway study


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, June 1, 2012 - site, location study

Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, June 18, 2012 - site lines(left to right: site line from Sleepy Hollow Court, from Chevy Chase, from Claremont


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, July 12, 2012 - sliding board/sliding board house (house #1) study, comparisons with Sunset Park slide, treehouse (house #3) study


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, July 21, 2012 - climber study 1, house hangers


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, July 25, 2012 - climber revisions, overall revisions


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, July 25, 2012 - Swings "cut" drawings (ready to fabricate, CNC cut), revised and updated schedule
SWINGS DRAWINGS (PDF file)
SCHEDULE, REVISED 8/2/12 (PDF file)


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, August 15, 2012 - "cut" drawings (ready to fabricate, CNC cut), revised and updated
SWINGS DRAWINGS (PDF file)
SLIDE DRAWINGS (PDF file)
CLIMBER DRAWINGS (PDF file)
HOUSE 3 DRAWINGS NO. 1 (PDF file)
HOUSE 3 DRAWINGS NO. 2 (PDF file)
FOUNDATION DRAWINGS (PDF file)


Tumbling House. Renders by MetaLab, August 31, 2012 - "cut" drawings (ready to fabricate, CNC cut), revised and updated

Swings final cut drawings(PDF file)

Climber final cut drawings(PDF file)
Foundation drawings(PDF file)

Tumbling House. Metal fabrication by Iron Access. September 23, 2012. Fabrication of "tree house" by Yakwerks, October 11, 2012. Diagrams by Metalab.

Tumbling House. Metal fabrication by Iron Access. Fabrication of "tree house" by Yakwerks, November, 2012.

Tumbling House. Metal fabrication by Iron Access. Fabrication of "tree house" by Yakwerks, December, 2012.




Tumbling House. Installation by The Art Guys, Metalab, Iron Access, Yakwerks. December, 2012.

Tumbling House, December, 2012

Links to relevant Art Guys art

As We Build Our City Let Us Think That We Are Building Forever
Study for Pencil Skyscraper
Pencil Skyscraper
Hoops House
Basketball Pyramid

Other links and references

Folly, Wikipedia
Follies of Europe (book)
The Top 10 Pieces Of Folly Architecture, Huffington Post
Tuimelhuis (Tumbling House) by architects Koers, Zeinstra and Van Gelderen
Bus Home, Dennis Oppenheim
Monument to Escape, Dennis Oppenheim


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