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Loblolly designers win Firm of the Year

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Last week info_smallKieranTimberlake, designers of the info_smallLoblolly House, was awarded the Firm of the Year award by the American Institute of Architects:

KieranTimberlake ... is admired for its sustainable and research-based approach to design that has helped reinvent the nature of componentized construction....

KieranTimberlake’s projects include...many buildings featuring prefabricated components. This approach was also embodied by the Loblolly House, a 2006 residence for Kieran on the shores of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Kieran and Timberlake used building information modeling software that modeled the house and each of its parts through the supply chain, into their assemblage as larger modular components, and onto the building site. This method was inspired by the pair’s tour of a Boeing aircraft plant a few years earlier; their book, Refabricating Architecture, about the revelations they had while studying the aircraft, shipbuilding, and automobile industries, is now regarded as a classic....


Here's an Amazon link to the book.

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John Wimmer on December 18, 2007 at 11:33 a.m.
This project exemplifies the diverse possibilities of architectural esthetic when designing modular structures. In designing a skin with a high degree of transparency, Kieran Timberlake has very effectively disguised the usual apparentness of modular form and provided a vibrance not usually associated with modular construction. This project exceeds even the typical modernist fare seen all over the web when considering the immediate visual impact of the skin, and I would bet the majority of people would not have guessed this was a modular home without further reading. It's an excellent project to be sure, and provides more inspiration to those who work to liberate prefabricated architecture from the usual dismal associations.
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