The Loblolly house is inserted between the tall pines that characterize the plot in the Chesapeake Bay. This single family residence of 167 m2 is to fuse the natural elements of this island with the architecture of the work. Situated between a dense grove of loblolly pines and the bay, the project is structured around and within the mass of trees, the sea, the horizon and the light from the west that is inserted into the housing.
The basics are the trees themselves, are assembled pragmatic and poetic. Pragmatism, as it seeks to minimize the disturbance in the earth and poetic because the house is literally generated through the tree, is a house between and within trees. The envelope is composed of multiple photographs of the site, with the abstraction of solid and void in the lining delivered vertical screen embroidered staggered through the rain, sometimes with blinds and other items through frosted glass to evoke the sound and empty envelope that relates to the forest.
The constructive idea born of an elemental architecture that extends through the mounting method. The house is composed entirely of specific elements and components manufactured in prefabricated generic workshop, assembled from the platform in less than six weeks. The design and detail are formed around four elements: the scaffold, the cartridge, the block and equipment. The aluminum scaffold system with a range of connectors provide the structural framework and the means to connect cartridges, blocks and equipment that context only with the help of a key.
The assembly process starts with precast floors and ceilings, termed “smart cartridges.” Distributed Underfloor heating, hot and cold water, sewage, ventilation and electricity throughout the house. The bathrooms are fully integrated into a dwelling in which exterior panels condensed structure, insulation, windows, interior trim and rain shields. The west wall is an adjustable glass with two layers: inside accordion folding doors, glass and exterior doors, polycarbonate awnings generate adjustable to suit the weather.
This methodology not only confronts the question of how to mount the architecture, but also take responsibility for their removal. As components can be assembled on site quickly with a key, can likewise be removed. Instead of decomposing waste stream that covers much of what we have to recycle today, this house is a much broader agenda of the recovery of wholesale. It is a vision that can be our future architecture, planned for a possible re-moved and assembled to generate new ways from reclaimed parts with new ones.