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Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have worked on performance architecture since 2007. They have designed a habitable house for what they call ReActor. The performance architecture is both visually and structurally based on the mobility of the building. ReActor, standing balanced on a single column, bends and turns due to movements in the wind and earth. The fully functional home is displayed as a model project built with a focus on performance architecture.

The house is about eight meters long, standing on a single concrete column of fourteen meters high. The house was displayed on a hill in Art Omi, an open sculpture park in New York. Because the house is built with floor-to-ceiling windows, the inner movement of the artists can be easily seen by the viewers.