Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture by Stephen Kieran

By Stephen Kieran

"If prefabs are assembly-line Fords, Loblolly is a customized sizzling rod, begging for mass production." —Andrew Blum for WIRED magazine

Known for his or her in-depth examine and cutting edge, creative, and meticulously developed structure, KieranTimberlake Assoicates placed its principles approximately streamlining the making of structure to the try. the implications took the shape of an absolutely modular and award-winning apartment, that includes an energetic and adjustable double-skin facade so complicated that no buyer may examine it. KieranTimberlake Assoicates boldly took the undertaking upon themselves, utilizing associate Stephen Kieran's personal summer season condo as a laboratory.

Situated on idyllic Taylors Island, off the coast of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, Loblolly apartment inaugurates a very new, extra effective approach of creating. by utilizing cutting-edge construction details modeling (BIM), the architects have been capable of streamline the design-build strategy. millions of elements have been collapsed and built-in right into a few dozen panels and blocks that slid into an aluminum body set on wood pylons. which include 70 percentage prefabricated parts, the kit-of-parts residence used to be assembled (mostly with a wrench) and lifted into position on-site in under six weeks.

Unlike such a lot homes, even these equipped with sustainability in brain, Loblolly disassembles as simply because it assembles, making it an ecologically sound constitution with a plausible environmental footprint. targeting a unmarried outfitted venture andillustrated with broad photographic documentation and diverse specified drawings, Loblolly House is the handbook for componentized prefab. The publication encompasses a DVD of the movie "A apartment within the timber" through manufacturers Rick Deppe andKathleen Blake, a real-time documentary of the layout, fabrication, and meeting of Loblolly residence.

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Due to the dimensional certainty of the model, we were able to direct-purchase a number of building systems and assign them to either the off-site fabricator (Bensonwood Homes) or on-site builder (Arena Program Management). In addition to the aluminum scaffold, we ordered several other items directly. Woodframe windows and doors were bought and assigned to Bensonwood for factory installation in wall cartridges. The folding doors made of aluminum and glass and the bifolding hangar doors and glazing elements that enclose the west facade were all purchased directly from the manufacturers and assigned to Arena Program Management.

Most importantly, they stood out among American builders as the most comprehensive and advanced users of parametric modeling and computer aided manufacturing. Working together, we built a single parametric model of Loblolly House before it went into shop fabrication. The relationship between the project architect in our office, Marilia Rodrigues, and the staff at Bensonwood Homes, led by Tony Poanessa, Paul Boa, and Hans Porschitz, was intensely collaborative. While our office worked with Revit, Bensonwood developed the fabrication model in CadWorks version thirteen, with each party translating back and forth through AutoCAD.

Loblolly House is conceived as nature woven through architecture. Simultaneously, it is porch and hearth. If shelter exists as a filter to separate man from the elements, then Loblolly House seeks to challenge the former distinction between ecology and the artifice of man. 15 Ground level 0 0 3 FT. ENTRY 1 M. 3 FT. N 1 M. 18 Second-level dining and living area, with one section of the adjustable facade open 3 FT. 1 M. 18 39 40 Simulation, not representation What if both the architect and builder conceived and built forward?

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