Location: Brookline, Boston, MA, USA
Date of challenge: 2014
Date of prototyping / fabrication: 2015 (January- July)
Date of onsite meeting / development: 2015 (August- November)
Creator of the challenge:
- Antón García- Abril &
- Debora Mesa Molina
Undertaking crew: Ensamble Studio
- Javier Cuesta (constructing engineer)
- Ricardo Sanz (challenge supervisor)
- Borja Soriano
- Massimo Loia
- Walter Cuccuru
- Valentina Giacomini
- Marietta Spyrou
- Juanjo Fernández
- Federica Zunino
- Marian Stanislav
- Chung-Wen Wu
- Yannis Karababas
Developer: Ensamble Studio
Development firm: Materia Inorgánica
- MEP: Urculo Engineering
- Construction: Jesús Huerga
Constructed space: 240 m²
Cyclopean Home is constructed, utilizing the vigor of the builder, and the ingenuity of the engineer, to begin a journey from the place of its manufacture –Madrid- to the place the place it could positively lie -on high of an present storage, the ugly duckling of the realm, positioned in a relaxed residential neighborhood of Brookline. The one-story gloomy development accommodates the parking, workshop and repair areas, following its fundamental structural logic, and is accomplished with the massive room constructed on it by the meeting of the massive prefabricated parts that relaxation after their lengthy transatlantic voyage.
This open-plan double-height dwelling space consists of the principle home actions and allows the transformation of the residual constructing right into a two-story residential unit, technologically and spatially tailored to its time and the lifetime of its customers. The brand new structure concentrates construction and infrastructure within the perimeter: seven beams –of monumental scale- which focus on one motion every -cooking & bathing, storing, seating, eating, sleeping, working, projecting-.
The remainder of the plan is then cleared to be shared by totally different occasions succeeding in time and features have the choice to broaden into the central area as wanted deciding its non permanent structure. The seven programmatic beams configure a thick enclosure that minimizes visible contact with the outside on the three sides that adjoin neighbor homes and creates an enormous opening on the road facet the place the inside area can have a look at the timber in entrance and picture itself within the midst of a park.
Complementing this one eye, as beams assemble collectively embracing area, they lose their mass within the factors of contact the place flanges contact and the online recesses to offer further mild and air flow to particular features. Privateness and thermal insulation is thus assured whereas maximizing mild and think about.
To keep away from overloading the preexisting construction or having to dig new foundations, ultra-light development programs give kind to the brand new parts: strong cores made of froth -98% air- strengthened by metal profiles and fire-proofed by a skinny layer of cement & fibers. Dry joints and materials lightness allow the totally different parts to be produced out of website –together with finishes and fixtures- simply transported by ship and common vehicles and shortly positioned collectively following a rhythmic sequence -carefully deliberate beforehand.
In contrast to the heavy, chilly stone that prevented Ulysses from leaving the cave, Cyclopean Home is mild and heat, mild due its lack of mass, and because of its air coat. It sits and watches with out being seen, interlacing its parts after the journey.