Anyone watching modern prefab at the turn of the century will remember Andre Hodgskin's stunning Bachkit, with its cantilevered roof, open corners and sliding walls. (and an early un-navigable flash website) I was working with a prefab builder at the time and was asked to look at the plans; the complexity and the tolerances required to make the sliders work scared me away. However it remains perhaps the most beautiful modern prefab attempted. (photos here)
Now Hodgskin is back with the more modest iPAD (does Steve Jobs know about this?) still with open corners (do they not have mosquitoes in New Zealand?) and a cantilevered roof with no visible means of support (do they not have wind and earthquake loads?)
Well, not completely without visible means of support, the screened fins at the four corners appear to be doing the heavy lifting and stabilizing.
As with the original Bachkit, the plans are elegant and simple, and depend on a perfect climate without bugs or temperature extremes, using decks for circulation. (and what about privacy for those bedrooms?)
I found the interior shots a little bland, but that may just be the angle and the generic furniture.
The website calls it "a fresh look at the concept of a simple but stylish lightweight kitset building.The iPAD™ is a true kitset bach designed to cover a range of options; it could be a one bedroom holiday home, secondary dwelling, granny flat, office, studio or resort unit to name but a few. It can be grouped as a series of pavilions to form larger accommodation if required."
"A single iPAD™ totals 50m sq with decks of 55m sq and will retail in New Zealand for $125,000.00*. Various external cladding and colour options are available to suit individual taste and context. Of particular note is that the iPAD™ can be either manufactured off-site and easily transported to its final destination, or shipped as a kitset and erected on site by a licensed contractor."
The price does not seem unreasonable, and it definitely seems less intimidating to build than the bachkit was, although I still worry about tolerances and remain perplexed about how a building can sit on numerous pad foundations without a millimeter of settlement, which is all that is needed to jam those sliding walls. But then along with perfect weather I suppose New Zealand comes with perfect soil and perfect craftspeople to build on it.::iPAD via ::Materialicious and ::Shedworking
UPDATE: Steve Jobs introduces his own iPad
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