John Prizeman (1930-1992)
'Her House' axonometric projection illustration
Pen, ink and Letratone
Museum no. E.1135-1979
This drawing is by the British architect John Prizeman. It was made to illustrate an article about housing that appeared in the Daily Express newspaper in October 1959. The imaginary house was designed to be economical in terms of both space and cost. This saving is achieved by enclosing all the accommodation within a tight, rectangular ground plan, bound by walls that are shared with three adjacent properties. Light, air and safe play areas are provided by two courtyard gardens. Prizeman has opted for an axonometric projection, a type of scale drawing particularly suitable for showing the insides of buildings from above. The viewer has the sense that he or she is peering into a box and given the contained nature of the architecture, this must be intentional. Although small, the house is not mean. There is plenty of room for modern goods and fashionable features. Prizeman populates the drawing with a television, contemporary furniture, a fitted kitchen, large windows and a recently launched 'Mini' in the garage. He completes the scene with a lounging father, busy mother, contented children and pet cat.
This drawing can be found in Print Room Box 10B.