Fablab House by IAAC, MIT's CBA, Fablab
Juli 09, 2011
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Form follows function
If the twentieth century championed the premise that ‘form follows function’, in the 21st century ‘form follows energy.’ The house is no longer a machine but an organism for living in.
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 is 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. Welcome to the Fab Lab House.
"A solar house should be made from a solar material such as wood."
Salvador Rueda, ecologist
Director of the Barcelona Urban Ecology Agency
"Rather than making solar houses, we can create self-sufficient habitats that are able to produce energy, food and other goods."
Vicente Guallart, architect
Director of the IAAC
The Fab Lab House is a home conceived as an active center of resource production rather than a space of passive consumption. The house generates more than twice the energy it needs to function, by means of its photovoltaic system; it produces food in its permaculture garden and fruit trees, and has a small fab lab, connected via videoconferencing with the global network of Fab Labs, for the manufacture of everyday objects.
"The Fab Lab House is developed in
a network of fabrication laboratories
using numerical control machines
which allow homes to be customized
to the needs of their occupants and
Neil Gershenfeld, physicist
Director of the Center for Bits and Atoms, MIT
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
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 multifunctional loft in which to
work and rest, equipped with
information technology to produce
knowledge and connect to the
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