Portable Environment Recycled - PER HutEdit profile
perHut submission to World Architecture Festival This project embodies archetypal and familiar form, and explores for now and the future, a considered solution for the basics of shelter and the responsible use and reuse of materials and resources. The perHut uses familiar products – cardboard and plywood – and reconsiders the possibilities of combining these for the expression of form and shelter. The hut project creates enduring and sustainable sheltering space with, what are perceived as fragile materials, it tests and extends the boundaries and limitations of the materials – and puts them together in a context not usually manifested – as an integral built form. This hut project started as an experiment - to create a user friendly, economic, portable space with minimum materials, able to be assembled at low cost by low level skill base - using materials in an honest and responsible way. The project has been evolving and developing over the past 5years. The hut design concept explores, and developed a modular building system of standard materials, which could be manufactured and assembled – as a building in many locations – using low tech materials and construction methods. The perHut is a responsible and viable option for temporary accommodation (for upto 5years) such as disaster relief, emergency shelter, exhibition spaces or longer term for bungalows, studio spaces, eco-tourism and housing. The system and materials are able to be fully reusable and recycled. perHut System The hut system is based on cardboard box panels fixed to plywood frames. Modular panels 1500mm wide form a single building bay – additional bays are simply repeated and added to create a ‘hut’ to suit the requirements and expectations of the client/occupier while adapting to the limitations and specific conditions of the site. Footing system can be standard/local industry solutions selected to suit the particular site conditions – preferably low impact and temporary. Flooring system utilises standard/local type and sized bearer, joist and sheet flooring construction – setout to standard materials and sizes. Frame system is fabricated from 3 layers of 150mmx15mm thick plywood laminated to form arched portal frames – these are cut from 2400x1200mm standard sheets of C-grade plywood – and are assembled as two half-sections, which allows for ease of transport. When they are assembled and joined on site, they form arched portal frames 3600mm wide x3000mm high Wall/roof panels are made from die-cut 4.5mm thick corrigated fibreboard (cardboard) sheets – which have a water resistant PET coating. There are two panel types – (1) flat wall 1500mm wide x750mm high x80mm thick and (2) curved roof panel1500mm wide x1200mm high x80mm thick The panels are folded and glued around a recycled cardboard inner support panel – once assembled the panel creates a fully encapsulated box which can be assembled prior to delivery or flat packed and assembled on site. Assembly - the panels are fitted in between the plywood portal frames and screw fixed into secured position through the folded edge of the panel into the plywood frames. The curved roof panel is installed first, then followed down the frame by the wall panels – a single bay (1500mm wide) is fully installed initially to stabilise the structure. The standard hut is based on 3bays - 4500mm in length, 3600mm in width and 3000mm in height - this basic unit can be assembled in half a day (with materials pre-assembled and delivered to site) and can be just as easily demounted and reassembled at another location. Finishes - once the basic structure has been assembled – the end walls and internal fitout can be any combination of materials or finishes to suit user requirements. The cardboard panels can be left exposed to the elements for upto 3months - after this time external cladding such as metal, timber, polycarbonate or pvc sheeting can be installed over the top of the panels, to extend the hut’s life span indefinitely. The images in this submission show the evolution of the perHut, in a number of locations from suburban backyards in Melbourne, forecourt of Parliament House in Canberra, reclaimed warehouse in Melbourne Docklands, film studio in Sydney to the rural bushland of central Victoria, all of which present unique siting issues.