prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft

MDW crafts timber monocoque-inspired prefabricated cabin

 

Monocoque Cabin by Markos Design Workshop (MDW) is a sustainably prefabricated structure with a lightweight frame, located next to historic West Midlands woodland along the Shropshire Union Canal, UK. Architect Peter Markos draws inspiration from the timber monocoque construction of the de Havilland Mosquito aircraft wing and traditional boat-building methods. The design features an organic, structurally stiff form with an exposed timber interior that provides warmth and comfort. Demonstrating eco-friendly construction and sustainable design principles, the cabin utilizes advanced CNC technology to combine modern machine precision with traditional craftsmanship. This results in a durable and visually appealing structure that can withstand occupancy and environmental factors such as wind loads, while maintaining its lightweight integrity.

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft
all images courtesy of Markos Design Workshop

 

 

Monocoque Cabin demonstrates eco-friendly construction

 

Markos Design Workshop collaborates with structural engineers Price & Myers and the digital manufacturing company BlokBuild, to use their timber system expertise in fabricating the Monocoque Cabin. The main ribs, made of layered plywood with birch exteriors and spruce cores, form stiff rings, skinned with thin plywood layers to accommodate the undulating curvature. The floor, made from torsionally stiff Oriented Strand Board (OSB) insulated cassettes, merges with the ribs and plywood sheets to create a monocoque structure. The cabin offers a contemporary living space that emphasizes sustainability. MDW blends traditional and modern techniques, minimizing environmental impact and harmonizing the project with its natural surroundings. Additionally, the Monocoque Cabin is designed for mobility; it can be disassembled and relocated in a matter of days, leaving no lasting impact on the natural environment. The project by the UK-based architecture firm illustrates the potential of modern prefabrication and traditional timber construction methods, highlighting innovative and practical approaches to sustainable architecture. 

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft
Peter Markos draws inspiration from the de Havilland Mosquito aircraft wing

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft
the cabin features an organic, structurally stiff form

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft
eco-friendly construction and sustainable design principles are incorporated into the design

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft
CNC technology allows the combination of modern machine precision with traditional craftsmanship

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft
OSB flooring insulated cassettes merge with the ribs and plywood sheets

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the exposed timber interior provides warmth and comfort

prefabricated cabin in UK woodland resembles timber monocoque structure aircraft
the cabin offers a contemporary living space

 

 

 

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MDW blends traditional and modern techniques, minimizing environmental impact
MDW blends traditional and modern techniques, minimizing environmental impact
the cabin blends with the West Midlands woodland nature
the cabin blends with the West Midlands woodland nature
birch exteriors and spruce cores, form stiff rings
birch exteriors and spruce cores, form stiff rings
Monocoque Cabin is designed for mobility
Monocoque Cabin is designed for mobility

project info:

 

name: Moncoque Cabin
architect: Markos Design Workshop | @markosdesignworkshop
location: Shropshire, UK

 

 

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