Fab Lab House
Nicholas Waissbluth – Team member
Barcelona + Madrid, Spain
Vicente Guallart- IAAC Director
Neil Gershenfeld- MIT/CBA Director
Daniel Ibanez- Research Co-Director
Rodrigo Rubio- Research Co-Director
digital fabrication and self-sufficient housing
The Fab Lab House is a self-sufficient dwelling produced to take part in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2010 competition by a consortium of organizations and companies led by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, The Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT and the Global Fab Lab Network. The objective was to design an integral solar house with the technologies of our time, which will generate maximum resources with minimum investment. A house built for people, committed to creating the city, and connected with the whole world.
The Fab Lab House is not simply a box with solar panels on its roof; its physical structure is integrated with its energy production and management of the information it generates.
The Fab Lab House is a unique structure that explores a design, fabrication and construction process that look beyond the traditional linear practice. It is a project that demonstrates the capabilities of today’s technologies.
The Fab Lab House, developed with an open design, can be fabricated with local materials anywhere in the world. Its organic form, which responds directly to its environment, can be produced using advanced industrial systems which allow each dwelling to be made to measure for its users. The interior space is a multi-functional loft in which to work and rest, equipped with information technology to produce knowledge and connect to the world.
Above participating on the general construction of the Fab Lab house, Nicholas also led the research design and fabrication of the access ramp. Using computational tools including ‘Grasshopper’, the ramp was designed to be built without the need for fasteners (screws or nails), while the fabrication of each component was cut using a 3-axis CNC machine. The overall structure uses repetitive ‘V’ shaped columns (each angled at 45 degrees) as a base, while 2 perimeter beams support the wood floor. Using notch connections throughout, each component was easily assembled on site with minimal tools.