Dwelling Unit for Musicians by Auar








Dwelling Unit for Musicians is a modular prefab housing situated in Bristol, United Kingdom, designed in 2021 by Auar.






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Description

Bristol and London-based design and expertise firm Automated Structure Ltd (AUAR) has accomplished its first everlasting dwelling unit: Dwelling Unit for Musicians. At 10 sq. metres (107 sq. toes), the dwelling unit is constructed utilizing AUAR’s modular timber constructing system, which integrates robotics and automation to offer high-quality, superbly designed, and sustainable reasonably priced housing. Particularly, the undertaking demonstrates the potential of AUAR’s system to assist customisation and neighborhood participation within the development course of.

Based mostly in Bristol, the shoppers for Dwelling Unit for Musicians are a cellist and double bassist who will use the house as an workplace and rehearsal studio. They chose AUAR’s system over different backyard-unit choices as a result of AUAR’s dwelling items may be simply personalized to website and use, providing a novel construction. Additionally they characteristic thermal and acoustic insulation, which may be achieved whereas nonetheless retaining a light-filled house, in addition to renewable properties and a low-carbon footprint.

At its core, AUAR’s modular system consists of constructing blocks produced from timber, a renewable materials, that are robotically pre-fabricated and assembled into dwelling items. The manufacturing chain begins when a robotic assembles timber sheets into particular person constructing blocks, then stacks the blocks into simply transportable items. These items are delivered domestically to a given website and assembled by native craftspeople and builders into houses.

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Utilizing AUAR’s automation course of, the items may be simply personalized based mostly on website traits and a given inhabitant’s life-style and visible preferences. This gives a radical various to present modular housing approaches that are repetitive and tough to adapt to native contexts. Uniquely, the timber constructing blocks may be disassembled and reassembled for different makes use of, subsequently creating much less materials waste and aligning with ideas of round design.

Within the case of Dwelling Unit for Musicians, AUAR generated a number of designs in response to the South-East going through constructing website and an understanding of the shoppers’ wants. With the identical variety of blocks, AUAR mentioned radically totally different, customised choices. “A few of the designs had been extra introverted, different block combos had been extra open to the backyard, while others explored the design potentialities of an alcove house, with or with out rooflight, and so forth,” explains AUAR CEO Mollie Claypool. From there, the shoppers chosen the options they most well-liked, and a ultimate model was generated. Importantly, the precise price was identified always, because it relates on to the variety of blocks used.

Fabrication of the timber parts happened domestically, in Bristol, on the citizen-led manufacturing hub KWMC The Manufacturing unit. Block prefabrication took two weeks and the dwelling unit itself was constructed in seven days by a mixture of native contractors and neighborhood

residents skilled in working with AUAR’s modular constructing system and employed to work alongside the AUAR crew.

The ensuing unit matches seamlessly into the shopper’s yard. Regardless of a small footprint of 10sqm (107sf), a big floor-to-ceiling window/door gives a visible and bodily connection to the shopper’s backyard, giving an impression of spaciousness. A skylight positioned over the desk enhances the pure mild flooding the unit. Together with the timber blocks and timber cladding, all further development supplies had been chosen for his or her low-carbon, sustainable properties. These embody a non-toxic, recyclable EPDM roof, rubber flooring, and paper cellulose insulation.

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General, AUAR’s system makes use of sustainable supplies and decentralizes by localizing the fabrication and development course of, as an alternative of importing supplies or modular houses from far afield. This concurrently reduces carbon footprint and will increase neighborhood involvement.

“For AUAR, individuals are central to automation. This begins with design. Our houses should not commonplace, one-size-fits-all areas, however may be tailor-made and customised for each distinctive shopper, for every particular plot of land. As we use clever robotics and automation, it doesn’t price something extra to make a unique residence every time,” says CTO Gilles Retsin.

“The significance we place on individuals extends all through our quick manufacturing chain from localized fabrication via to on-site development, care and upkeep. This ensures that we leverage the advantages of automation in a means that immediately provides to native communities, holding them collectively after they may in any other case be displaced because of the housing disaster, while increasing native skillsets—not detracting from them,” says CCO Claire McAndrew.

The following in AUAR’s sequence of Dwelling Items is due for completion by the tip of December 2021 and showcases a unique configuration of blocks. Scaling from small (10-15sqm/107-160sf), via to medium (15-25sqm/160-270sf) and huge (25-50sqm/270-540sf), AUAR’s system gives housing that communities want at scales that positively influence every day lives.

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