Weak House

Gregory Serweta (BS Arch ’06)


Gregory Serweta is an architect and principal of Serweta Peck in Buffalo, NY. He has worked at offices such as Sou Fujimoto Architects, INABA, asap, and OMA-NY, and is an adjunct professor of architecture at the University at Buffalo. He graduated from the professional Master of Architecture program at Cornell University in 2010 and the University at Buffalo’s BS in Architecture program in 2006.

Weak House

Rather than being limited to a plot of land and fixed by a permanent structure, a house can be redefined as a fragmentary habitation of rooms, which through ownership or tenancy, can create a loose network of spaces to satisfy the desires of the 2Ist century. In being able to buy, sell, rent, lease, build, demolish and share individual rooms, the house can fluctuate to accommodate shifts in the spatial, private and economic wants and needs of its inhabitants. Small living units can be used for sleep and storage, while larger rooms can provide other functions, such as dining, leisure and gathering. Scenarios can be created where an individual can keep exclusively to their own room, or like-minded groups and individuals can share rooms between themselves communally.

Project Credits: Completed with Koren Chi Kei Sin for a competition in Tokyo, Japan