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The Castle: A Lean Micro-Dwelling


Burnham, R and Green, RB, The Castle: A Lean Micro-Dwelling, Journal of greenbuilding, 4, (Number 1 Winter) pp. 101 - 113. ISSN 1552-6100 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3992/jgb.4.1.99


The Castle, a long-term collaboration between the School of Architecture & Design and local youth-service organizations, intends to assist youth at risk of homelessness by deploying micro-dwellings to households experiencing spatial and emotional distress. Responding to a demonstrated gap in the housing market, the brief for The Castle demands a dwelling that is small, mobile, autonomous and spatially clever. Aside from important social and pedagogical agendas The Castle explores 'leanness' in timber construction. Three prototypes have resulted in 'panitecture,' a highly adaptive construction system composed of CNC-router cut folded plate plywood wall panels integrated with built-in furniture. Panitecture results in an overall reduction in material waste, direct applicability to a low-skilled workforce and opportunities for mass-customisation, accommodating infinite design configurations to be processed without the need for continual redesign. Options are also available for deployment onto site-as a digital file, as individual components, assembled panels, an assembled carcass or as a completed dwelling.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:plywood, micro-dwelling, mass-customisation
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Architecture
Research Field:Architectural design
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable construction activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable construction activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Burnham, R (Dr Richard Burnham)
UTAS Author:Green, RB (Mr Robin Green)
ID Code:60868
Year Published:2009
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2010-02-22
Last Modified:2012-05-07
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