client Sterling OSB
status ideas competition - WINNER
"Well planned, materially economic, aesthetically pleasing and easily replicable… at the same time [it] had elegance and a lightness of touch." - Jan-Carlos Kucharek, Senior Editor RIBAJ and Panel Chair
b|arc proposed a family of light-weight flexible additions to existing properties, all built from a kit of parts for the 2017 Sterling OSB Multigeneration Competition.
The submission focuses on the example of a university returner’s first base, set at the side of a typical 1930’s semi-detached house in the driveway gap between this and the neighbouring house. It has been estimated that there are up to half a million gaps like this in London alone. It provides a cheap, sustainable medium term solution for multi-generational adaptations to existing homes, with increased residential density making a significant contribution to the current housing supply crisis.
A new type of structural section is proposed, laminated from 3 layers of SterlingOSB3 board – ‘Laminated Strand Lumber’ (LSL) - with the board laps generating three alternative edge profiles and ends prefabricated to simplify connection detailing on site. LSL members are used for the column/mullions and rafters of the main portals. These are braced together with OSB noggins angled to ease fixing on site.
b|arc have been selected by the expert jury to win this year's prestigious competition. Panel chair Jan-Carlos Kucharek commented:
'It seemed a delicate Chinese paper lamp, offering to shed light on how we might live in the future.'
Read more in our Journal.