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Posts tagged as 'prefabricated'

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects, Photo by Ioana Marinescu

The London and Konstanz (Germany) based architects Krausschönberg comleted this affordable prefabricated house in 2007 for a couple with two children in Hamburg. One of the clients requirement was a connected interior space which still offers individual freedom to the occupants.

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects, Photo by Ioana Marinescu

Here is what the architects explain:

“The building is separarted into an upper and a lower part. The upper volume consists of rooms of various heights corresponding to their individual function. Bedrooms, bathrooms, the dressing room and the rooms for the children all require different heights and project into the lower living areas. This common space is organnised by these staggered volumes without being interrupted by partitions.”

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects, Photo by Ioana Marinescu

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects, Photo by Ioana Marinescu

“Walking around the house takes one through a variety of rooms on the upper level, orientated to the garden as well as to the inner atrium. The walls and the floors of the individual upper rooms are built of sustainable CNC-cut timber panels. These do a variety of things: They consitute the finish; define spaces and functions; help insulate the building; are recyclable; create a comfortable internal environment; and offer a cost-effective building solution.

The lower ground floor is cut into the ground creating direct views into the garden while standing up, or offering a feeling of security while sitting down.”

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects, Photo by Ioana Marinescu

'House W' by Krausschönberg Architects, Photo by Ioana Marinescu

Type: Single family house

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Construction: 4 months

Area: 130 m2

Volume: 600 m3

Heating: Geothermal power

Energy use: 59.8 kwh/m2a

Individuality, community, family – the concept of the 'House W'

Individuality, community, family – the concept of the 'House W'

to the Krausschönberg Architects website

Mon 31.8.

‘M-house’ by Michael Jantzen

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 31.08.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

'M-house' by Michael Jantzen

'M-house' by Michael Jantzen

Sustainable architecture, prefabricated housing, CO2- neutral living – all of these are not ideas from the last couple of years, even though the current media attention could create this impression.

The US of the 1960s – admittedly also due to the rising oil prices – was a hub for forward-looking and alternative architecture. Richard Buckminster Fuller, one could call him the guru of ecological thinking at that time, set new standards with inventions such as the geodetic dome – a masterpiece regarding the relationship between material use and constructive strength.

The Los Angeles-based Michael Jantzen, who met Buckminster Fuller as a student in the 1970s, is one of the few of that generation of architects who have stuck to the idea of revolutionising the traditional way of building and offering new architectural solutions in line with the flexible and impermanent life style we practiced long ago.

Inside the 'M-house' by Michael Jantzen

Inside the 'M-house' by Michael Jantzen

The M-house is one of Michael’s most expressive architectural works. Here is how he describes it:

“The M-house consists of a series of rectangular panels that are attached with hinges to an open space frame grid of seven interlocking cubes.The panels are hinged to the cubes in either a horizontal or a vertical orientation. The hinges allow the panels to fold into or out of the cube frames to perform various functions.
Some of the panels are insulated and contain windows and doors. These panels can completely enclose spaces that are heated and cooled. Other uninsulated panels fold in or out, over and around, open platforms to shade the sun, deflect the rain, or block the wind. Some of the panels unfold from the face of the cubes to become places to sit, places to sleep, places to work, or places to eat. Most of the slotted panels are oriented over and around these open platforms.
The platforms and the cube frames, are supported by adjustable legs which are attached to load bearing foot pads. In many cases the support frames do not require a foundation, and they can be adjusted to accommodate terrain variations.”

'M2hhouse' by Michael Jantzen

'M2-house' by Michael Jantzen

All of the M-house components are interchangeable and can be increased or decreased in numbers and size. The panels can be made in a curved configuration and from many different types of materials.
The existing M-house panels are assembled with a steel structural frame which supports thin sheets of a concrete composite. All of the exposed surfaces of the structure are painted.
The M-house was designed to function as a single private vacation retreat, or in multiple numbers and configurations, as a complete stand-alone, high-tech resort complex. The house can be designed to be self sufficient, powered by alternative energy sources such as the sun and the wind.
The M-vironments were developed to accommodate a wide range of markets. With different sizes, shapes, materials, and panel types, the system can be used for exhibit structures, pavilions, play environments for kids, retail spaces, office modules, and many other commercial applications.

Here an example of Michael Jantzen older works:

'Super Insulated Dome Cluster House' by Michael Jantzen, 1981

'Super Insulated Dome Cluster House' by Michael Jantzen, 1981

Inside the 'Super Insulated Dome Cluster House', 1981

Inside the 'Super Insulated Dome Cluster House', 1981

to the Michael Jantzen website

Fri 31.7.

New designs by Graft for the Make It Right Program

Posted by Nora Schmidt on 31.07.2009 - Tagged as: , , , ,

The new 'Camelback House' for the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans

The new 'Camelback House' for the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans

In April this year six houses have been finished as part of the Make It Right Program in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, a district which has been almost completely distroyed by hurricane Katrina in autumn 2005. Another nine houses are still under construction. The architects of Graft designed two of the fifteen houses – prefabricated units which reveived the LEED platinum certification. Sustainable construction is one of the most important parameters of the initiative.

As most of the projects Graft´s designs also merge traditional and modern architecture without losing the typical handwriting of the Berlin and L.A. based architects. The fast and dynamic shapes of the ‚Shotgun House’ for example builds a contrast to the rather tradtional wooden façade and the typical southern front porch.

The second design, which Graft presented recently, is the ‚Camelback House’ a duplex house which is rather expressive than the first round houses.

Model

Model

Here an explanation of the architects:

After the success of the first round of designs for the Lower Ninth Ward a new group of architects was invited to design dwellings. GRAFT donated another design, this time with a larger building for up to two families. The Round 2 house deploys a similar formal strategy of blending as does GRAFT’s Round 1 shotgun house. A strong visual connection to the Round 1 house was maintained in order to bring consistency of character to the New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, which will continue to be populated by these types of dwellings. Here, we have additionally drawn inspiration from the camelback shotgun typology. Historically, camelbacks emerged as a way for residents to add a partial second story to a residence, whether simply to gain more space for a single-family home or to add a rental unit at the rear of a structure. In our design, we utilize the camelback strategy to stack a second efficiency unit above a first floor shotgun house.

The first design by Graft: 'Shotgun House'

The first design by Graft: 'Shotgun House', Photo: Virginia Miller

Residents may enter the house from the side porch landing, leading them into a large open space, containing living, dining and kitchen functions. The lower unit has a flexible three bedroom layout that can be converted into a two bedroom and office layout if desired. The master suite at the rear of the house contains an en-suite bathroom that shares a common wet wall with the unit’s other bathroom and kitchen making a cost-efficient plumbing core.

An exterior stair carries the inhabitants of the efficiency unit up to a rooftop terrace entry deck. This secondary deck level may be utilized as a private deck for the upper dwelling. It provides a generous outdoor living space, views of the neighborhood, space for a small vegetable or herb garden, and easy access to the solar panel array for maintenance. The upper unit itself is designed to be a simple one bedroom dwelling with a living room and dining area facing the backyard. Here the efficiency kitchen shares a wall with the bath to form a cost-efficient plumbing core. The kitchen forms an ‘L’ at the perimeter of the living and dining area in order to create an open and inviting space.

The prefabricated houses received the LEED Platinum certification

The prefabricated houses received the LEED Platinum certification, Photo: Virginia Miller

Graft Design Team: Lars Krückeberg, Wolfram Putz, Thomas Willemeit, Alejandra Lillo

Project Manager: Robert DeCosmo

Team: Marcus Friesl, Brian D. Nelson, Alyse Sedlock, Tim Sola, Atsushi Sugiuchi, Kris Conner, Seyavash Zohoori

read about the Pink Project by Graft

to the Graft website