Last November the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia erected the Endesa Pavilion (a.k.a. Solar House 2.0) on Barcelona’s waterfront. Based on time-tested passive solar techniques – such as dramatic eaves to create shade in the summer and south facing windows to invite in winter sun – the efficacy of these concepts were maximized through the use of computer technology. In fact, each unique angle you see in this Solar House is the result of precise computer generated calculations which take into account the structure’s exact geographical position and the sun’s subsequent seasonal paths over that point. Traditionally a structure like this with so many uniquely sized pieces, would be cost/time prohibitive. However, the designers utilized computer numerically controlled (CNC) milling to prefabricate the pieces of the house, which were then assembled on site in just 2 weeks. You will definitely want to watch the video to hear one of the designers describe the design/build process behind this structure. One of the most exciting portions is where he discusses the imminent accessibility of digital fabrication services. Photos via iaac.net video via faircompanies.com.
If you enjoyed this, you may like to have a peek at this post on a door created using CNC milling.