New for London 2019, a strikingly contemporary live self build
Visitors can watch a live build take place, as Studio Bark and Kevin McCloud create a home using the U-Build concept with help from Structure Workshop and Cut and Construct. The public will be invited to get involved by making and adding further modular components on to the installation, showcasing U-Build’s flexibility and functionality.
Be inspired by putting on Fologram HoloLens AR/VR headsets to see the full potential behind the build, giving visitors the chance to see the striking end product of the build.
The U-Build building process is a revolution in construction, providing a robust and affordable self build solution, which can be assembled by a small team, as demonstrated in the new TV show Grand Designs: The Street. The pioneers behind this Grand Designs home are Chris Haines and Roxanne Ford. Join Chris at the Grand Theatre on 6th May, view the full timetable here.
The advantages of the U-Build construction system are numerous; it is easy to build, enjoyable to inhabit, uses natural materials and is simple to deconstruct at the end of its useful life. The system removes many of the difficulties associated with traditional construction, allowing individuals and communities to construct their own homes and buildings, with little or no construction experience, using simple hand tools. The system also allows for certainty of cost in terms of material and quantity, as well as a high degree of flexibility and adaptability in design.
The system uses precision CNC machining to create a kit of parts, offsite from a build, thus reducing waste on site, and allowing waste timber produced from manufacture an easy transfer to a specialist recycling facility (as opposed to timber waste on build site, which is often contaminated). For the exhibition installation, Studio Bark will be using WISA birch and WISA spruce plywood supplied by UPM, showcasing their ‘Beyond Fossil’ approach to sustainable materials.
Kunle Barker meets Studio Bark ahead of the live event....