Homeshell—a prefabricated, flatpack home designed by Pritzker laureate Richard Rogers—was recently assembled in the courtyard of London’s Royal Academy. The three and a half storey building is the adaptation of the architect’s 2007 Oxley Woods housing development and was built to showcase a new, quicker, more energy-efficient, low-cost, disaster-proof way of building. Most impressively, the structure took just 24 hours to erect. Homeshell is now open to the public until Sunday, September 8th, and after its stint in the courtyard, it will be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.
Richard Rogers’ practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP), has designed the Homeshell as a way of addressing the increasing housing problem in the UK, and as an opportunity to experiment with a building technology they first developed for their 2007 Oxley Woods housing scheme in Milton Keynes. The highly efficient building system, called Insulshell, is a panel structure that makes it possible to build houses on site in a single day.
The system is ever-adaptable and can be adjusted to fit even the most difficult locations. The technology has already been used to build the Velodrome at the London 2012 Olympics, but Rogers’ Homeshells are the first family houses to employ the system.
The structure was built in the courtyard of the Royal Academy in London as the centerpiece for the architect’s 50-year retrospective, “Richard Rogers: Inside Out,” which will be open to public until Sunday September 8, 2013. After the show closes, Homeshell will be dismantled and rebuilt on a site in Mitcham, where it will be used as a show home for prospective tenants of Rogers’ YMCA South West Y:Cube Housing project.
Lead Photo by Miguel Santa Clara
Photos Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners (RSHP)