A New Constructive Concept
To achieve these goals, the team developed and tested in the first days a prototype in 1:1 scale, of a modular insulated system composed by wood walls, floor and ceiling. This system was part of a larger concept based on the idea of insulated boxes that create each individual space of the house, providing also for plumbing, electricity and natural light.
As this house had many complex problems in the preexisting outer shell, that would not be able to be solved in the 3 week workshop, this solution identify the basic areas of the house that needed to be protected and insulated, and the ones that couldn’t be. Meanwhile, for a more eficient answer the team started to develop models and 3D models of the house to assure the best layout possible for the future spaces.
All of this tests, solutions and possibilities were developed with the participants, in a close relation with the budget, the preexisting materials and Sr.Alfredo’s ways of living in his own house.
Intense Learning and Practical Experimentation
This 20-plus team was organized in smaller teams that had to work all together creating responsibles for each specific space or area in the house. This way, from the demolition, to the design, construction and finishings, the participants were able to get involved in all stages of this demanding refurbishment. These efforts allowed the participants to feel completely engaged and motivated on their tasks due to the freedom of coming up with their own innovative solutions.
Throughout several hours of design and thinking, some daily research, exchanging of ideas between more then 20 people and the support of the tutors, these ideas were put to the test in a practical exercise with great responsibility.