Villa préfabriqué in Collonges by Pierre-Alain Dupraz; photo courtesy of the architect
Geneva-based architectural practice Pierre-Alain Dupraz have recently realised this single family residence overlooking the Salève mountain. Composed of prefabricated concrete modules stacked atop of each other to form the minimalist residence, ‘Villa préfabriqué’ was completed earlier this year. (more…)
A pile of prefabricated concrete beams form the structure of Antón García- Abril’s Hemeroscopium house Antón García- Abril 2008 Photo: courtesy Ensamble Studio
When architects such as Jean Prouvé and Charles Eames began experimenting with buildings made using off-the-shelf components following the second World War, little did they know that technology would one day allow buildings to be created from kits cut by a computer anywhere in the world. Architonic looks at some of the more radical examples of contemporary prefabricated architecture, and the materials and technologies making these possible. (by Alyn Griffiths)
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Haus Bold by Thomas Bendel Architekt; photo by Ludger Paffrath
Boasting picturesque views of lush green fields, this rather austere detached house has been developed by a Berlin-based architect Thomas Bendel. Made of precast concrete and featuring a minimalist, glass-and-aluminium façade, the two-storey building comprises a workshop and storage and sanitary facilities which are located on the first floor of the development while the living space in form of two apartments as well as two further office spaces are located on the upmost floor. (more…)
Bayside Marina Hotel by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects, photo by Yasutaka Yoshimura
The Tokyo based architectural practice of Yasutaka Yoshimura designed this prefabricated hotel on the bayside of Yokohama. The long and narrow containers – fabricated in Thailand and assembled in Japan – are randomly placed and offer each guest room a unique sea view.
'One+' by Add-A-Room
Lars Frank Nielsen architect and founder of the Danish practice ONEN Design has designed this modular architectural system for the Swedish company Add-A-Room. The houses can be ordered in different modules with specific functions and be composed according to the user’s requirements. They are prefabricated in Sweden in collaboration with mainly Scandinavian companies and with the use of local materials.
'The Fab Lab House', photo by Adrià Goula
‘Peanut house’, ‘cinnamon submarine, ‘forest zeppelin’ or ‘whale belly’, there have been many names for the sculptural contribution of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) at this year’s Solar Decathlon Europe. The prefabricated wooden construction which carries some significant technological innovations such as the world’s most efficient flexible solar panels won the people’s choice award. The project, which involved architects and experts from 20 countries, is being developed in cooperation with The Center for Bits and Atoms from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the worldwide network of Fab Labs.
'Alligator' in New Orleans by buildingstudio
This affordable home arose out of the post-Katrina re-housing effort in New Orleans for an inner city neighborhood in dour need of new places to live. buildingstudio was working with an affluent client in Boulder, CO who voiced great concern for the lack of effort being made in New Orleans after the storm. As result we asked if they’d be willing to contribute toward an affordable home for a Katrina refugee. Not only did the clients generously give their own money, they invited their friends and colleagues to participate towards the cost of constructing an affordable home. The total sum contributed was $50,000.00. This generous contribution allows Neighborhood Housing Services, who promotes and markets low-cost properties in economically-strapped neighborhoods of New Orleans, to offer the house at a vastly reduced rate. buildingstudio, contributed its full design and coordination services as well.
Konrad Wachsmann Aeroplanehangar for the United States Air Force, 1950–1953 Photo: A. Laurenzo, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich Model: Architekturmuseum der TU München
The Architecture Museum of the Technical University in Munich presents the work and ideas of Konrad Wachsmann in a contemporary context. The German born architect, who emigrated to the USA in 1941, saw prefabricated elements and assembly on site replacing conventional construction methods and created with his book ‘Turning Point of Building’ from 1959 a manifest of that age for the consistent industrialisation of architecture.
The exhibition will be open until 13 June 2010. In conjunction with the exhibition Prof. Matthias Kohler from Gramazio & Kohler, Architektur und Digitale Fabrikation, ETH Zurich, will be speaking on digital production methods on 10 June.
Alexander Graham Bell Tetrahedral-Tower Benin Bhreagh | Canada, 1907 Photo: A. Laurenzo, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich Model: Architekturmuseum der TU München
“It is only since the use of computerised design and manufacturing methods and the economic production of individually designed elements that industrialisation, prefabrication and modular construction have gained a new, future-orientated meaning since the 1990s. This can be seen, for example, in Foster + Partners’ glass roof at the British Museum, where all parts and intersections are different. A second section of the exhibition looks at the effects brought about by this turning point. Current system building and digital production methods can be explored in a walk-in model and the problems and possibilities found in the manufacturing of a virtually infinite variety of shapes are being highlighted.”
Gramazio & Kohler Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zurich Pike Loop, Installation in public space Manhattan/New York | USA, 2009 © Gramazio & Kohler, ETH Zurich
Exhibition at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich
Exhibition at Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich
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The Making of Architonic Concept Space II by Gramazio & Kohler