Monday, March 19, 2007

Digital house

Many homeworkers lead rather digital lives and the day of the digitally-built home is coming closer. On display in London at the moment is an exhibition at the Architecture Foundation's Yard gallery called Making The Digital House, essentially a display of a prototype built in cross-section so all the cleverness can be appreciated properly. Built by Bell Travers Willson the idea is to provide a cheap, eco-friendly but sturdy pre-fab structure. According to the foundation: "The Digital House is produced using a detailed 3D computer model that contains all of the construction elements including every wall and screw hole which are pre-determined before the construction. This information is transferred to a CNC Router (Computer Numerical Control) which rapidly cuts out elements in engineered timber. These are assembled into lightweight hollow cassettes like big bricks of Lego, which can be filled with recycled newspaper to achieve a high level of insulation and air tightness." You can read more about it at their web sitehere and lots more pictures over at the always fascinating Treehugger.

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