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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,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 2 Comments
Appearing as a cross between a Tokyo capsule hotel  and a pixellated prefab treehouse , the T-Tree  housing community offers residents the opportunity to live among the clouds. One of 20 incredible finalists  in our ReBurbia  competition to save the suburbs, the sustainable community was designed by Adil Azhiyev  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  and activated space.
Although prefab residential skyscrapers such as this has been explored in the past, the design of the T-Tree  is thoroughly dynamic, modern, and convenient. Each prefabricated housing module  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  found on the top of each tower. These produce 25% of the structure’s required energy.
As one of the finalists in the ReBURBIA  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?
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/08/10/reburbia-top-20-finalists-announced/
 Tokyo capsule hotel: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/05/04/modern-prefab-nakagin-capsule-towers/
 treehouse: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/19/yellow-treehouse-restaurant-by-pacific-environments-architects/
 T-Tree: http://www.re-burbia.com/2009/08/05/t-trees-social-housing/
 ReBurbia: http://www.re-burbia.com/finalists/
 Adil Azhiyev: http://www.worldarchitecture.org/profiles/?wamnum=6964
 alternating cubes: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/31/singapores-stunning-digital-cloud-skyscraper/
 prefabricated housing module: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/07/20/adex-furturistic-prefab-for-modular-off-grid-living/
 wind turbines: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/03/energy-ball-by-home-energy/
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