Folly by archaus' prefab skin was inspired by sunlight filtering through leaves

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Folly is a conceptual house design aimed at provoking a debate around the housing vernacular in New Zealand; impregnating the public with the idea that creativity, innovation and personality in the built form can be accomplished in New Zealand. The challenging site called for an innovative house design that sits below road level and is pinned down into the landscape. Wellington-based firm archaus began the design with a truss system that formed triangular gaps between structural elements, creating a structural skin that can be lifted onto site. The triangular glazing openings morphed into organic curved shapes inspired by the sun shining through the gaps of the surrounding leaves, forming a beautiful yet random pattern that allows natural light into the house and permitted the structural lines of the original truss to cohabit with the organic pattern.

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