Prefabricating flexibility: Aggregate house
Master of Architecture
Prefabrication has become embedded in architectural culture and methodology over the last century. It has been widely successful in mass produced trailer homes and the fabrication of isolated systems used in traditional construction. Despite this, "prefab" has proved much more difficult to make financially viable for custom single-family homes. This thesis seeks to find a middle ground, where houses can be mass produced while maintaining the flexible nature of the custom home. By focusing on the potential of the serial, prefabrication offers opportunities and potentials that could result in a construct that is greater than the house itself. This is done by creating a scenario that produces a series of homes based on one prefab logic deployed in a contiguous manner. This thesis creates a component based system that anticipates aggregation and is flexible in outcome aiming to provide architectural solutions that respond to adjacent formal, social and environmental site conditions within a typical neighborhood.
Architecture; Communication and the arts