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The QuaDror: A Revolutionary New Flat-Packing Structural Joint That Could Change the Way We Build

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On February 24, 2011 @ 11:00 am In Architecture,Green Building | 1 Comment

QuaDror, Dror Benshetrit, building block, structural joint, flat-packing, shelter, geometrical truss

Benshetrit originally came up with the geometry when he designed a floor lamp as a special edition for Swarovski. He was fascinated by it and came up with a myriad of other uses for the quirky yet surprisingly efficient building block [1]. The four identical pieces are laid together in such a way that when they fold open, they create a strong structural element that can be made in a variety of sizes.

The QuaDror is stronger than a rectangle or an a-frame for vertical or horizontal loads and its flat-packing ability makes it economical to ship and store. 86 of these elements can be stacked on top of each other, which makes it suitable for building, tall walls and much more. Benshetrit also wants to use the structural element to make quick-erecting and strong shelters [2] for the world’s poor and disaster victims.

Engineering consultants Arup have even taken a look at the block and pronounced its structural strength “outstanding.” They even nominated the QuaDror for the annual Buckminster Fuller competition [3]. Benshetrit unveiled his amazing design at this week’s Design Indaba conference in South Africa and has set up a pop-up display of his first QuaDror house.

+ QuaDror [4]

+ Studio Dror [5]

Via Co.Design [6]

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URLs in this post:

[1] building block: http://inhabitat.com/mecopress-machine-makes-lego-building-bricks-from-mud/

[2] quick-erecting and strong shelters: http://inhabitat.com/portable-and-modular-prefabricated-slum-housing-concept/

[3] Buckminster Fuller competition: http://challenge.bfi.org/

[4] + QuaDror: http://www.quadror.com/

[5] + Studio Dror: http://www.studiodror.com/html/

[6] Co.Design: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1663275/drors-folding-concrete-block-could-change-how-we-build-video

[7] http://www.vimeo.com/19573127: http://www.vimeo.com/19573127

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