Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Homeshell The Royal Academy of Arts in London, England by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
September 7th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Homeshell has been constructed in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard, to coincide with the exhibition Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out, but also to provoke debate about how architectural and construction innovation together might help us meet the UK’s housing needs. The Homeshell represents an evolution of the system developed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for the Oxley Woods housing development in Milton Keynes.
Homeshell facts and figures:
This three-and-half-storey building arrived as fl at-pack panels on one truck and took only 48 hours to construct on site.
Homeshell is constructed using a building system called Insulshell (developed by Sheffield Insulations Group (SIG) and Coxbench).
This system can be used for many building types, such as homes, apartments, schools, factories, health centres and more.
The Olympic Velodrome at London 2012 was also constructed using this method.
Homeshell can be adapted to suit any location enabling more urban brownfield sites to be developed. There are currently 32,400 hectares of vacant brownfield land in England.
The speed that Homeshell can be built means there is limited disruption, mess and noise on site, making it a very neighbourly approach for retrofitting and extension projects in urban areas.
A six-storey (24-apartment) building can be erected in under a month.
Homeshell is perfect for temporary sites as it combines speed of construction with the fact that it is demountable.
This building will be dismantled and re-used as part of a social housing project with the YMCA London South West: Y:Cube Housing Project.
The construction process allows for larger, longer and corner windows allowing more light into homes. be reorganised any way occupants would like.
The cladding panels can be adapted to fit in with the local context.
The timber panels are lightweight, very fire and water retardant, and even earthquake and hurricane proof.
A patented jointing system ensures high levels of both acoustic and thermal insulation and the system off ers the potential to reduce energy bills by up to 90%.
The system is approved by the National House Building Council and the fabric meets the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6.
Insulshell carries a 25-year-product warranty and a 60-year-plus design life.
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