WFH House | AY Arcgency

Resource Conscious Architecture that can be exported to any place in the world. It is more then architecture; It is a sustainable product.

What: Sustainable prefab house.

Where: Wuxi, China.
When: Finished 2012.
By: Arcgency, Esbensen, Teknologisk Institut. Client: World FLEX Home.
Photo: Jens Markus Lindhe
  • Old shipping containers used as the structural framework for the WFH- Huse. This is not just recycling; This is upcycling!
  • In Short:
    • The WFH concept is a patented modular building system, based on a design principle, using 40 feet high standard modules as
    structural system.
    • The structure can be adapted to local challenges such as climatic or earthquake issues.
    • The first prefabricated housing system that meets the demands in the international environment-building-standard, Active House.
    • The structure can be configured to meet many different purposes, multi storey, townhouses, cluster houses or individual villas.
    • Top class indoor climate, low energy consumption and environmentally sound materials.
    • Very short construction-period.
    • Demountable for recycling or relocation.
    • Online customization-tools give clients the possibility to decide their own version of the house concerning layout, size, facade, interior etc. The configuration happens within a predefined framework that will ensure high architectural value and quality of materials.
    • Cost competitive in comparison with other green houses.
    • Building-components are prefabricated and on site construction can be limited. The design allows for high-quality industrial production in large numbers and distribution using standard container transport.
    Facts:
    • 180 square meters.
    •Energy class, which is 50% lower than the standard requirements for new housing constructions in Denmark.
    • Photovoltaic cells are integrated – area is flexible, but to fulfill the standards above min. 20 m2 solar cells for power production are needed.
    With an area of 30 m2 or above a normal household using energy efficient appliances will be self-sufficient with power on an annual basis.
    • Green roof solutions that are optimized for rainwater harvesting for use for toilet flushing, washing and cleaning.
    • Customized façade solutions.
    Design
    The design is based on Nordic values. Not only according to architecture, but also design objects. These values are defined as:
    • Flexibility.
    • Build for people, human values. – Good daylight conditions, different types of light.
    • Reliable (long term) solutions. – Healthy materials, recyclable materials, design for disassembly strategies.
    • Materials that age gracefully.
    • Access to nature, greenery.
    • Minimalistic look.
    • Playfulness.
    Sustainable global housing
    The WFH concept is a modular concept, based on a design principle, using 40 feet high cube standard modules as structural system. The structure can be adapted to local challenges such as climatic or earthquake issues. Online customization-tools give clients the possibility to decide their own version of the house concerning layout, size, facade, interior etc. The configuration happens within a predefined framework that will ensure high architectural value and quality of materials. Building-components are prefabricated and on site construction can be limited.
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