Marrying offsite construction with craftsmanship
In traditional forms of construction the amount of different materials and processes needed to create a single dwelling can be significant.
We wanted to test how we could marry the benefits of large scale pre-manufacture with homely craftsmanship and materiality, and how we could encourage homeowners to freely manipulate their space, in order to get the most out of it for longer.
We also wanted to think about the direction in which housing design needs to travel if it is to respond to a progressively multifaceted set of users who find the typical red brick makeup of suburbia unappealing.
The prototype house is defined by two primary building components; a cross-laminated timber structure and a series of distinct and cleverly designed infill panels.
The structure allows for multiple interior configurations. Panels arrive on site fully equipped with operable openings, internal lining and external cladding to environmentally seal the envelope.
All components are pre-manufactured and multiple building formations can be created by using a relatively minimal kit of parts. The house offers its inhabitants the opportunity to live however they choose, with the ability to alter the way they live over time, exchanging some components for others that now suit them better.