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Beach house

architecture

November 2013

De-mountable beach house with small storage footprint. Building made using CNC milling and a stretchable fabric facade.

The goal was to design a beach house sized 3x4 metres with a gutter height of 2.2 metres and a top of 3.2 metres high. This house should be demountable to give the beach time to recover during the winter period.

Starting point was a fascination with CNC milling of plywood. Using this method it was possible to make repeatable elements with high precision. These flat plywood elements can later be slotted together forming a 3D construction.
The goal was to have a small storage footprint when the house was not present on the beach. Next to the flat plywood elements, the outer skin was made of an elastic fabric that can be folded into a small package. The only large elements are the front and back windows that close the extruded shape.

Small hatches are placed behind the elastic fabric to enable air circulation. When popping open these hatches the look of the house changes. The skin resembles the waves that crash onto the beach a couple of metres away.

Location and building facades

Location and building facades

Various building functions / inspiration from BMW Concept Car 'Gina'

Various building functions / inspiration from BMW Concept Car 'Gina'

Detail model of facade corner at 1:2 scale / Drawn detail of facade corner

Detail model of facade corner at 1:2 scale / Drawn detail of facade corner


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