ECOnnect shelter is one of the eye-catchers in Dream Out Loud exhibition in Amsterdam
Haiti eco-shelter first set up in museum
A 100% CNC-cut post-disaster shelter for Haiti designed by engineer and architect Pieter Stoutjesdijk is one of the eye-catchers at the exhibition Dream Out Loud, which opened yesterday at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and presents work by 26 designers and studio’s recently acquired for the museum’s collection.
A first prototype of Stoutjesdijk’s Haiti-shelter has been erected at the museum as part of the exhibition that shows the dreams of 26 designers for a better world. The elegant house is built from 122 ECO Boards, panels that can be produced locally from crop residues, agricultural waste (e.g. grass, pruning chips, or reeds), and a non-toxic binder. These panels can be cut to size with an accuracy of 0.1 mm on a CMC milling machine, allowing for a perfectly tight friction fit during simple assembly using a rubber mallet.
The design is based on an open, online database of digital construction component blueprints Stoutjesdijk developed for his 2013 graduation project at Delft University of Technology. Stoutjesdijk works on the philosophy of a new industrial revolution in which open-source design and local computer-controlled manufacturing will lead to a new type of industry. His company ECOnnect is exploring these new ways and new roles of design and manufacturing.
Dream Out Loud presents more socially engaged projects that explore a better future for all. The exhibition can be seen until 1 January 2017. A digital catalogue accompanies the Dream Out Loud exhibition that can be found on dreamoutloud.stedelijk.nl.