Work: 7 R.275 Modern House


In 2008 Paul Greenleaf purchased a discontinued model made by Hornby, ‘R.275 Modern House’, the instructions provided a clue that it was based on a house in Margate built in 1971. The kit was developed as an archetypal example of modern housing for use in model railway dioramas and sold in their thousands.

Using the model as a context from which to explore themes of urban standardization and conformity Greenleaf set about finding the original house and developed a series of works completed in 2012 creating a visual archive. Each picture is given a unique reference number, becoming a kit of parts itself with which to describe contemporary suburban life.

Pictures in the series include parts from the model and a visual mapping of the surfaces of the building. This method of visual deconstruction reveals details that suggest techniques of mass-producetion whilst often being hand-made and unique.

R.275 Modern House, Instruction Manual - artist publication now available. Click here for more information.