Crate House - A Passive Design

Modular Design / Temporary Structure Geneva / United States / 2006

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This 2,300 ft² (210 m²), conceptually designed hypothetical structure, began in a BFA Sculpture studio - at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC, in 1997.  This work marks the designer's first architectural design from consideration of an farm mechanical module component as utility (crate for temporary fruit storage and shipment mode).  Further design work was done in Ithaca, while a graduate student in landscape architecture. The design takes use of a different size agri-industrial wooden crate as part of the shell.  The inversion of the shell becomes the interior modular space for stowage.  The cells of this storage 56 total (encompassing individually a volume of roughly 36 ft³, or 1.0 m³) may also incorporate straw-bale insulation, or reclaimed medium for both stability and temperate climate adjustments.  The media could be reallocated of adjusted to stabilize as its skin.


Modular shell (56) x 4' x 3' x 3'

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    • Joseph J. Nicholson III

      Joseph J. Nicholson III

      Industrial Designer

    This 2,300 ft² (210 m²), conceptually designed hypothetical structure, began in a BFA Sculpture studio - at School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC, in 1997.  This work marks the designer's first architectural design from consideration of an farm mechanical module component as utility (crate for temporary fruit storage and shipment mode).  Further design work was done in Ithaca, while a graduate student in landscape architecture. The design takes use...

    Project details
    • Year 2006
    • Work started in 1997
    • Work finished in 2006
    • Status Research/Thesis
    • Type Single-family residence / Multi-family residence / Social Housing / Modular/Prefabricated housing / Lofts/Penthouses / Wineries and distilleries / Structural Consolidation / Building Recovery and Renewal
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