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T-Tree: A Towering Community of Prefab Pixel Homes

Posted By Rebecca Paul On August 11, 2009 @ 9:00 am In Architecture,Green Building,Prefab Housing | 2 Comments

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Appearing as a cross between a Tokyo capsule hotel [2] and a pixellated prefab treehouse [3], the T-Tree [4] housing community offers residents the opportunity to live among the clouds. One of 20 incredible finalists [1] in our ReBurbia [5] competition to save the suburbs, the sustainable community was designed by Adil Azhiyev [6] and Ivan Kudryavtsev of Light+Space to help alleviate the problems of suburban sprawl with a site-sensitive vertical structure composed of two design elements — a central core containing an elevator and stars, and a lofted series of prefab housing modules. Like the trunk of a tree the core serves as the base, while the housing modules are stacked one on top of the other to create a tower of alternating cubes [7] and activated space.

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Although prefab residential skyscrapers such as this has been explored in the past, the design of the T-Tree [4] is thoroughly dynamic, modern, and convenient. Each prefabricated housing module [8] includes a full range of built-in facilities, including furniture, toilets, showers and kitchens. Each encapsulated living space is powered by additional modules containing energy generating wind turbines [9] found on the top of each tower. These produce 25% of the structure’s required energy.

As one of the finalists in the ReBURBIA [5] competition, the T-Tree submission has inspired a passionate debate about the use of space in the context of functionality. Is this design just a fancy rendering or does it effectively address the problems that are facing suburbia today?

+ T-Tree [4]

+ ReBurbia Competition [5]

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/10/reburbia-top-20-finalists-announced/

[2] Tokyo capsule hotel: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/04/modern-prefab-nakagin-capsule-towers/

[3] treehouse: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/19/yellow-treehouse-restaurant-by-pacific-environments-architects/

[4] T-Tree: http://www.re-burbia.com/2009/08/05/t-trees-social-housing/

[5] ReBurbia: http://www.re-burbia.com/finalists/

[6] Adil Azhiyev: http://www.worldarchitecture.org/profiles/?wamnum=6964

[7] alternating cubes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/31/singapores-stunning-digital-cloud-skyscraper/

[8] prefabricated housing module: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/20/adex-furturistic-prefab-for-modular-off-grid-living/

[9] wind turbines: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/03/energy-ball-by-home-energy/

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