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Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture + DVD
     

Loblolly House: Elements of a New Architecture + DVD

by Stephen Kieran
 

"If prefabs are assembly-line Fords, Loblolly is a custom hot rod, begging for mass production." —Andrew Blum for WIRED magazine

Known for their in-depth research and innovative, inventive, and meticulously constructed architecture, KieranTimberlake Assoicates put its ideas about streamlining the making of architecture to the test. The results took

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"If prefabs are assembly-line Fords, Loblolly is a custom hot rod, begging for mass production." —Andrew Blum for WIRED magazine

Known for their in-depth research and innovative, inventive, and meticulously constructed architecture, KieranTimberlake Assoicates put its ideas about streamlining the making of architecture to the test. The results took the form of a fully modular and award-winning house, featuring an active and adjustable double-skin facade so advanced that no client would consider it. KieranTimberlake Assoicates boldly took the project upon themselves, using partner Stephen Kieran's own summer house as a laboratory.

Situated on idyllic Taylors Island, off the coast of Maryland's Chesapeake Bay, Loblolly House inaugurates a truly new, more efficient way of building. Through the use of state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM), the architects were able to streamline the design-build process. Thousands of parts were collapsed and integrated into a few dozen panels and blocks that slid into an aluminum frame set on wooden pylons. Consisting of 70 percent prefabricated components, the kit-of-parts house was assembled (mostly with a wrench) and lifted into place on-site in less than six weeks.

Unlike most houses, even those built with sustainability in mind, Loblolly disassembles as easily as it assembles, making it an ecologically sound structure with a manageable environmental footprint. Focusing on a single built project andillustrated with extensive photographic documentation and numerous detailed drawings, Loblolly House is the manual for componentized prefab. The book includes a DVD of the film "A House in the Trees" by producers Rick Deppe andKathleen Blake, a real-time documentary of the design, fabrication, and assembly of Loblolly House.

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The authors, principal architects of the firm Kieran Timberlake Associates, here apply some of the same ideas about revolutionizing the construction process that they explored in their 2003 book, Refabricating Architecture: How Manufacturing Methodologies Are Poised To Transform Building Construction. To this end, their Loblolly House is composed of simplified parts and integrated components, or "cartridges," installed within an aluminum frame. Both frame and parts were prefabricated off-site and quickly and accurately assembled on-site thanks to the architects' use of building information modeling (BIM) and standardized joints. This eliminated a great deal of wasted time and materials typical of the construction process; what's more, the "assembled" building can be disassembled and the components reused or recycled. Loblolly also demonstrates that prefabricated architecture can be aesthetically interesting and responsive to site, in this case, an island in Chesapeake Bay. The design and assembly process are detailed in photographs and text. The accompanying DVD provides further insight and additional comments from the architects and the components' manufacturers. Recommended for architecture libraries; an essential purchase for any collection already having Refabricating Architecture.
—Amy Trendler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568987477
Publisher:
Princeton Architectural Press
Publication date:
06/19/2008
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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Authors Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake founded KieranTimberlake Associates in 1984. They are the authors of Manual: The Architecture of KieranTimberlake and Refabricating Architecture: How Manufacturing Methodologies are Poised to Transform Building Construction.

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