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Wall House (Prototype) by cslota
September 3, 2008, 7:21 am
Filed under: precedents | Tags: ,

The Wall House, designed by FAR (Frohn & Rojas), located in Santiago in Chile is a low-budget home designed for a family of three. The architects define the project as an “investigation of the qualitative aspects of a wall”. By designing four sets of enclosures, they introduce a gradual separation from inside and out, blurring the boundaries of the home. Each of the layers are characterized differently in function, climate and structure, which in turn affects the “interior” spaces. By doing so, the architects challenge the notion of separation of space by walls, allowing spaces to slip. In terms of sustainability, the materials selected with the decision to essentially create a quadruple facade allows for excellent insulation. The main material utilized is Multi-wall Polycarbonate which offers a diffused light and good insulative qualities bringing comfort to the space. Its HVAC system also uses far less energy than conventional systems by utilizing gas-powered radiant heating and PEX hoses for cooling. The total cost of the home in 2007 was about $147,00.

The architects have further developed this idea into a potential prototype because of strong encouragement from the client and critics alike. FAR offers their services to evolve the idea of the Wall House based on personal need, building codes, climate, etc. calling the project “Your Wall House”. It is currently at an experimental phase via internet.

FAR’s website had more detailed drawings and models of this project.

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Multi-Wall Polycarbonate by cslota
September 3, 2008, 2:04 am
Filed under: Material/Building Systems | Tags: ,

Multi-wall polycarbonate is a lightweight material that allows for high light transmission, high insulation, is flame retardant, impact resistant, and allows for design flexibility and ease of installation. Its insulation rating is R-1.6 to R-3.7, depending on the thickness of the sheet, which for a light-transmitting material is pretty good. It is typically used in greenhouse applications because of these qualities of the material. It comes in a variety of colors which will dictate the amount of light transmitted. It is visually attractive, offering a slightly skewed transparency allowing for privacy without compromising light transmission. The material itself is recyclable.

The price is relatively inexpensive. Prices range based on color and thickness, but start at $1.40 / sq ft to $5.95 / sq ft. See Sundance Supply’s website for detailed pricing with specifications or installation guidelines.