Imagine your home like a box on a pole, twirling with the wind and tilting as you move around.

Performance architect Alex Schweder already has.

In collaboration with artist Ward Shelley, he designed and built the ReActor in 2016. This extraordinary structure actually teeters up and down depending on where people are standing. It spins too as the wind blows.

It is not a real home even though its design makes it look like one. It is an art piece installed in upstate New York. Schweder and Shelley actually lived in it for a few days as part of the “performance” of the piece.

The artist duo call ReActor “social relationship architecture,” exposing the dynamic between home, residents and architecture.

Schweder and Shelley have worked together on experimental architecture for over 10 years. They routinely provide the performance component by living in their structures and interacting with audiences. Their objective is to show the relationship between building design, environment and inhabitants.


Alex Schweder’s BA is from the Pratt Institute School of Architecture, with a MA from Princeton University School of Architecture, and a PhD through the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK. Ward Shelley’s BFA is from Eckard College and he holds an MA from New York University.

So, if you thought all this time a home should be solid and stable, check out more of Schweder and Shelley’s “social relationship architecture.” They may make you question your answers. O_o