E.D.G.E.: An Experimental Dwelling for a Greener Environment

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Architect William Yudchitz of Revelations Architects/Building Corporation designed EDGE to be an "experimental minimalist structure aims to meet basic human needs while still providing a qualitatively rich life".

Within just a 340 square foot footprint, it does a lot more than meet basic human needs. It looks rather comfortable.

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The key gesture that makes it work is the ceiling height, allowing two sleeping lofts, one over the kitchen and the other over the bathroom, accessible by alternating tread stairs. The architect writes in Archdaily:

The construction logic started with the idea of two prefabricated boxes at each end of the building that held the mechanical systems for the house. These boxes were separated then woven together by walls of glass and covered by a simple flat roof structure setting up an organizational logic for optimal construction economy.

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The furniture is an integral part of the architecture constructed of the same materials as the interior: specifically designed to optimize the space, offering maximum flexibility, meeting the basic functions. The central space can easily be reconfigured to facilitate eating, sleeping, or communal living by reconfiguring the transforming furniture. The result is a hybrid of traditional craft and digital fabrication. Much of the wood interior was CNC cut, as was the furniture. The pre-cut pieces enabled rapid construction at a fraction the cost of traditional methods.

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Preston at Jetson Green adds that "E.D.G.E. has rainwater harvesting, geothermal heating and cooling, heat recovery ventilation, passive solar design, and insulated shutter doors to control heat gain."

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There is also a rather complicated looking transformer bed/ table in the middle.

More at Archdaily and on the Revelations blog.

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