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The 16x16 module is a project carried out after my undergraduate studies in collaboration with my faculty adviser Dr. Federico López Castro. The … Read More
The 16x16 module is a project carried out after my undergraduate studies in collaboration with my faculty adviser Dr. Federico López Castro. The purpose was to explore a system and material of uncommon use in Mexico in order to create a habitable space that could fit in several contexts. The design takes advantage of wood´s standardized English system of measurement in order to modulate the structure and minimize materials. This research lead us to create two full-scale prototypes in the natural context of Allende, Nuevo León, Mexico of which each ended up as a studio and a workshop for an artist. With the help of two and three dimensional software, we were able optimize our use of resources, understand the project´s behavior and function, and therefore facilitate its fabrication, which took three months. The composition of the studio is mostly based on wood, with insulation and finishes that let one manipulate the measurements according to the space´s purpose. The project lies in four main vertical sleepers elevated 1 foot from the ground, making it adaptable to different topographies. These supports were reinforced with concrete for increased stability. The floor platform stands over a grid of 2” x 6” inch wooden lumbers that allow plywood panels to fit perfectly within the floor structure. The wooden frames in the walls contain a fiberglass insulation, which offers protection from changing climate year round, and are covered inside and outside by gypsum and durock sheets respectively. The roof´s 2“ x 6” inch beams are placed in one direction supporting another layer of plywood panels fixed to plastic corrugated plates. In Collaboration with Federico Lopez Castro, Luis Gomez Vazquez, Diana Gonzalez Aguilera Read Less
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