lara calder architects: 'parasite prefab'
sep 21, 2009
lara calder architects: 'parasite prefab'


the parasite prefab by lara calder architects
image courtesy lara calder architects

australian firm lara calder architects have sent us in images of their latest project
‘the prefab parasite’.

the prefab parasite is to populate the unused space found in urban landscapes. 
to achieve sustainable densification the dwelling attaches itself to a blank building
fabric found in the city.  it grows on empty facades, rock faces and bridges. it finds
value by turning dead public space into lively private space.



image courtesy lara calder architects

the prefab parasite was completely designed using a parametric 3d modelling system.
all the components including the structural system, facade, cladding, floor levels and
stairs are integrated into the one parametric model. this provides flexibility for the parasite
to adjust to the different sites it occupies.


image courtesy lara calder architects


image courtesy lara calder architects

the fabrication and construction rely heavily on digital methods. the
facade paneling
system is designed and sent to a fabrication to be
machine cut out of a sustainable solid
surface material. the
structural facade members are all controlled parametrically, as are
the
main structural ribs. the integration of the structure with the design
system increases
efficiency and accuracy of the construction process.

the mounting plate which is the back wall of the dwelling is the first
component to be
installed. the floors and inernal fitout attach to the
mounting plate.  the structural facade
installed last provides lateral
bracing and ties the building together.

the building is raised 3 to 4 meters above the ground level and is
accessed via a retractable
stair so that the street activity will not
be affected.  the actual footprint of the building
technically only
consists of the stair landing and the services duct.


image courtesy lara calder architects


image courtesy lara calder architects


image courtesy lara calder architects

the first level of the building contains the entrance and the study. 
this level is elevated
above the ground to allow either pedestrian
traffic or light vehicular traffic underneath
according to the site. 
the study can be closed to the rest of the house allowing for
the space
to be used as a home office. on the second level is the bedroom and
bathroom.
  the bedroom has access to a balcony which is protected by a
privacy screen. the living
spaces are located on the upper floors with
the living room on the third and kitchen
and dining on the fourth.  the
small balcony off the kitchen provides a space for a potted
garden and
the roof terrace opposite allows the occupants to enjoy private outdoor
space.
sliding doors to protected balconies and roof terrace provide
opportunity for natural cross
ventilation across each level which is
necessary for cooling.


image courtesy lara calder architects


image courtesy lara calder architects

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