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Posted By Sarah Rich On September 14, 2005 @ 5:18 am In Architecture,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 4 Comments
Commissioned as a guest house for artist Richard Tuttle and poet Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, the Turbulence House is nudging a technological revolution in off-site house design and construction. The 900-sq-ft house is a product of computer-intensive modeling, but the resulting form is paradoxically natural, looking (in spite of its aluminum facade) like a geological artifact shaped by the desert winds of its New Mexican setting.
Between the digital development and off-site fabrication of the house, only a small fraction of the overall process was done on site. A. Zahner Company , a sheet-metal fabricator in Kansas City, manufactured the thirty aluminum panels that comprise the “membrane” that encloses the house. The panels were shipped from Kanses ready for assembly on site in New Mexico. A second Turbulence House was manufactured for shipment to Schio, Italy, where it will become a pavilion for art exhibitions.
The Turbulence House is the embodiment of an ideal house of the future. It is modern, compact, and eco-friendly. It stands up to harsh weather conditions by working with, not against, the elements. The versatility and durability of the structure, both inside and out, allow it to be an optimal accomodation in nearly any location.
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