#096 The House-Plant



Built to transform voltage from high to low the substation forms a highly utilitarian typology – its aesthetics defined by its functionality. As highly connected and electricity demanding individuals we are using multiple different substations in our everyday life to convert the electricity for our devices. Looking at the concept of these massive electricity plants lets us scrutinize and rethink the typology of the substation: Playing with scale in size and voltage the normal function of the substation is subverted. With the idea of the “House-Plant” a new typology emerges: the substation as electricity plant is becoming domestified – offering a centralised power supply for low volt devices it is constituting a key apparatus of the future household.  

Johanna Just is an M.Arch Graduate from The Bartlett School of Architecture