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House chassis with furniture fitout
A design concept borrowing from innovations in the automobile, electronics, aviation, and ship building industries. Here, buildings are designed based on using an integrated “chassis” whereby the shell of the building is constructed and then the rest of the building is treated as flexible (or decoupled) infill, thus enabling the concept of mass customisation. The concept proposes (intensified) use of ‘furniture’ or cabinetry within the shell of the building, as a replacement for normal approaches to infill. This could include walls, skirting, doors, wardrobes, drop ceiling panels and even floor panels. This approach would enable the use of web-based automated design/decision making tools (including BIM) to create an agile and efficient means for mass customized multifamily housing. The furniture making industry employs sophisticated, automated computerized numeric control (CNC) technologies capable of doing this, using highly efficient “batch quantities of one,” but currently most furniture companies limit their production to kitchen and bathroom cabinets installed into conventional construction. The emphasis of this idea is to expand its usage to create new versions of integrated interior infill.
Increased flexibility and adaptability of use; potential for simple re-usability and reconfiguration of components with minimal disruption; customer driven design. Finishes on walls can be demountable to allow for easy access to plumbing, heating, and wiring. The fitout can be gradually added after handover, as customer finances permit. Greater ability to adopt DIY (similar to IKEA furniture).
The concept in Australia requires entrepreneurship, collaboration and vertical integration among housing designers, developers and contractors in the supply chain. In coordination with this, there must be a greater commitment to the use of CNC technology and exploiting the design possibilities therein.
Structurecraft are a contractor specialising in the engineering, design detailing, supply and fabrication of complex, large and challenging timber structures. Though there is nothing especially groundbreaking about the panelized systems that they use, they occupy a worthwhile link in the supply chain that largely does not currently exist...