Pallet-House System — Triangular and Cubic Dwelllings


In a follow up post to last week’s article about I-Beam’s Pallet-Houses, today we bring you the Pallet-House System, another design proposal on how to use wooden shipping pallets as building blocks for shelters. The PHS project’s angle is different from I-Beam Design’s in that they are focusing more on affordable accommodation than emergency housing. PHS are tapping into the economic and environmental benefits of using ‘disused materials’ and self building, attracting people who would like to own their own house, but can’t afford to buy through the normal route. They tell us that ‘the Pallet House© emerges as a manifesto against overpackaged architecture, exploring the essential use of elemental frame models, applied mainly in urban and rural contexts.’The most important difference between I-Beam’s Pallet-House proposal and the PHS project is that PHS are very specific in their designs, proposing two formats: triangular, or A-frame, and cubic. However, being so premeditated in the design process seems to work counterintuitively to the chosen material which is modular. The potential of using pallets as a building material, as I-Beam Design show, is that the dwelling can grow and develop organically according to the environment or needs of the inhabitants. PHS say that ‘it is an open design system, involving several general parameters such as programmatic condition, climates, location, a flexible and lightweight structural frame and a cheap budget.’ All of these factors are important benefits, but another important aspect of self-build is the opportunity for self expression and individuality. As the images of the A-frame pallet-houses in a row show, while they are affordable and environmentally friendly, they all look the same. As for the cubic house, don't enough people already live in boxes? via: o2 Group ::PHS