House on the Edge

House on the Edge

Korean artist Do Ho Suh placed real house on top of Jacobs Hall building on the campus of University of California in San Diego.

“Fallen Star” house looks like it was picked up by some mysterious force and crashed into the seventh floor of Jacobs School of Engineering.

Do Ho Suh came to America in 1991. He had to physically and mentally adjust to new surroundings. This unique and creative art installation was inspired by the concepts of “home” and “cultural displacement”.

House by Do Ho Suh

Crashed House

Do Ho Suh Fallen Star

Fallen Star by Do Ho Suh

Crashed House by Do Ho Suh

House on the Roof

House on the Building

Jacobs Hall

Do Ho Suh


Jacobs Hall at Jacobs School of Engineering

Fallen Star UC San Diego

House on the Roof by Do Ho Suh

Fallen Star House by Do Ho Suh

Jacobs School of Engineering

Fallen Star House

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  1. Diego

    i wanna live there *-*

  2. Rhy


  3. Douglas

    He had to “physically and mentally” adjust to his new surroundings? Uh, ok.

    How does this typical white picket fence American home represent cultural displacement for a Korean immigrant? Should have been a typical Korean home landing on the building. Just saying.

  4. kadal

    where’s the bedroom n bathroom?
    that would be fantastic sleeping or bathing on the edge.

  5. Pilicks

    The house is great but the walkway leading to it is the best part of it :)

  6. Lilia Smiles

    This is where Dorothy’s house really went :)

  7. Osman

    Give a whole new meaning to ‘I’m living on the edge’….

  8. Gert

    Lol… typical American home… in the 80s…. cute house but the furnishings were obviously put together by someone who didn’t spend a lot of time inside actual American homes.

    I agree with Pilicks, the walkway is beautiful and the best part of the house.

  9. Sue Ladr

    Don’t agree with most of the comments, which are a bit zenophobic don’t you think?

    For me, it’s a perfect metaphor, not just for someone trying to negotiate a foreign culture, but for the entire American economy!!!!!!!

  10. Josh

    I agree with Sue on this one. A “typical” white picket fence American home is not the norm anywhere else in the world.

    Sometimes one has to put themselves in the mindset of the artist to really understand something.

    Coming from someone who has lived in another culture,I really appreciate and relate to this lovely metaphor!!

  11. Enrico Martinez

    Is there a trapdoor in front of the fireplace? Hahaha!

  12. Mark

    Very cool. It looks like he adjusted and learned pretty quick about getting the proper permits and permission from the school, city, county etc, as well as contractors.

  13. Nisa Zul

    is it safe!?

  14. Hassan

    woow :)
    hehe i can’t imagine when i open ma widnow then i c that im on the edge :D

  15. James


    You’re thinking too literal… The piece is already literal enough, it doesn’t need to be a Korean home. It’s a home and it is displaced. I think it’s perfect and fantastical

  16. Michelle

    @Douglas, I’m sorry you don’t understand. I suggest reading up on how Do Ho Suh’s life reflects in his installations before rashly coming to a conclusion.

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