To illustrate the potential for flatpack, prefabricated homes to solve the U.K.’s housing shortage, London’s Royal Academy of Arts erected the three-and-a-half-story, Richard Rogers-designed Homeshell in its courtyard last week as the centerpiece to its “Richard Rogers: Inside Out” retrospective.
The adaptation of Rogers’s 2007 critically acclaimed but commercially shunned Oxley Woods quick-build housing development bills itself as “innovative, energy efficient, adaptable, simple, and very low tech,” a contrast to the architect’s Hi-Tech reputation that speaks to its relative ease of construction. Homeshell arrived at the Royal Academy last week in pieces on the back of a truck, and was erected in less than 24 hours to be thermally insulated, technicolored, fire- and water-retardant, hurricane-proof. Watch a time-lapse video of the speedy construction below. [h/t the Guardian]
— Janelle Zara
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