Show and Tell @Mike and Molly’s House | The Future All Over Again

Last Friday one of our readers, Tina Phillips, shared an intriguing link on our facebook page.   It was about an experimental building method called spaceplates being developed by the Danish collective N55 that looks suspiciously like the future of building from the late 60’s.

Based on the research of the late Danish engineer Ture Wester, spaceplates are  a rigid, light weight modular building system.  Being a pure plate structure, there are no other structural members than thin plates, bent at all edges to achieve a simple, mechanical assembly method.  While the design and the production requires digital technology, the structure itself can be assembled using only hand tools.

Mike:  I just love a good experimental building technology.  This one even uses a CNC machine to cut out the parts!

Molly: Pure plate whosiwhatis?

Mike: Think of it as a way to build structures with just the skin.

Molly: Huh?

Mike: Check out the pictures…

spaceplates

Molly: Oh, I get it, they’re building soap bubble greenhouses!

Mike: Yeah, or sea urchin shells…

Check out the rest of the story over at Anne Romme’s site.

You can also see a full scale version in this video:

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2 Comments

  1. Steve C Haines
    Posted May 22, 2012 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Yes they do resemble domes of the 60’s.  One of the design issues of domes which would also apply to spaceplates is the structure is basically all roof.  Roofs generally have the most wear in a building envelope and require more upkeep and replacement compared to exterior walls.  Sealing the plate joints can be problematic too. 

    • Posted May 24, 2012 at 6:40 am | Permalink

      I agree.  It’s unlikely that we’re going to see whole subdivisions of spaceplates popping up.  They were using neoprene gaskets in between the polycarbonate plates and I could imagine that popping out a plate after things have begun to stick together would be a pain..  

      I could see it as a design for a grand structure like an airport terminal.  Then you can use taxpayers money to fund the upkeep.

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