Build-Unbuild-Repeat phase 2
Today’s office buildings have increasingly shorter lifespans because of functional obsolescence, not because of degradation or failure. Living needs and working cultures fluctuate quickly, leading to the transformation or demolition of buildings before components reach their actual life expectancy.
In response to this situation, SXL and iTEC are currently developing a load-bearing system for office buildings that can be reassembled multiple times while guaranteeing long-term robustness, low environmental impact, and nearly-infinite adaptability to unforeseen spatial conditions (smart living lab project title: Build-Unbuild-Repeat – A multi-generation structural system for offices using timber and UHPC elements). The preliminary design of this system is already developed. Real-scale testing is scheduled for this spring.
The goal of the present research is to extend the Build-Unbuild-Repeat project to the building envelope.
Structural Xploration Lab (SXL), EPFL
Laboratory of Construction and Architecture (FAR), EPFL
smart living lab – Fribourg – Switzerland