30 years ago, we worked with IKOY's chief architect Ron Keenberg developing prefabricated buildings such as the 29,500sm Davis Computer Research Building which incorporated 4 types of precast concrete structural pieces which were assembled with 3 cranes at the site over a period of 6 weeks.
In the last ten years, we have worked with automotive manufacturers as they progressed from fabricating individual hardware elements such as a door handle to complex hybrid components such as an entire door, including the hardware, electronics and casing. Our goal is to develop bundled hybrid building components in a similar manner.
Most exemplified by the open sourced Wikihouse, 3D printing is today's game changer, democratising the production of building prefabrication with its emphasis on quicker construction, lower labor costs, and less waste produced.
Mekong Delta Prefab Interior
Mekong Delta Prefab Exterior
Mekong Delta Pefab Interior
A simple kit-of-parts design from Vo Trong Nghia Architects in Ho Chi Min City was based on using unskilled labour to provide DIY low cost housing in the Mekong Delta at $4,000 USD per unit. Structure included precast concrete footing and structural frame, polycarbonate panels for natural light and nipa palm and corrugated cement roof. Al materials had to be transported to site by boat and could be built in a day, as shown in this video.
FACTS First Prefabricated house: 1837 Manning Portable Cottage exported to Australia from England. Record for constructing a prefab building and opening for business: 13 hrs (McDonalds) Time required to 3D print a building: 20 hours