crea—tura studio
Diploma Thesis
De:Construction–Panel Heritage
Innovative approach towards the Prefab housing heritage in the times of ecological crisis, through devised method of Mass De : construction verified on a case study.
Addressing both the current ecological crisis and the need for affordable housing.
One of the greatest episodes of architectural history, is the movement of modernity that has resulted in enormous building mass built as a solution to housing crisis after the World War II. That leads us to today as we are now facing a pressure to deal with it. The prefabricated heritage is therefore is rather about the quantity, not quality. When the majority of CO2 emissions and energy consumption is still to be blamed on the building market we cannot afford to waste such an opportunity.
In that respect I propose an innovative and systematic approach towards De:construction the prefabricated heritage that works on both global and local levels. Such an approach is a necessity due to the very nature of the matter. Local urbanism can only be improved with the set of local knowledge. And the impact of application of these measures is truly European.

By De:constructing the prefabricated panel housing into elements, using them in a new structures urban and housing structures I do address both the topic of ecology through the material re:use and social housing. Solving also the problem of demography along the way (many of the affected cities are scarcely populated, even though the urban fabric was built to high densities. Slowly Leading to a phenomenons known as ghost towns. I have chosen my home town for this very reason to prove such a theory. And I strongly believe in its feasibility.
Project was among Finalist in the Czech Diploma Projects competitions by ČKA
"All architecture is but waste in transit."
1 200 000

Approximate sum of flats in Paneláks in the Czech Rep, that is up to 30% of all flats in the country.

Of all waste produced in the country is demolition waste. It is a environmental hazard and source of CO2 emissions.

Of demolition material goes straight onto land fills
Re:use meets Design for De:construction

Primary construction is designed as a steel frame with demountable joinery. A secondary construction consist of the panels harvested from the reduced building. Those are used as partitions, facade... Ensuring the rigidity of the whole structure. This solution was created as to better meet structural criteria and building code.

I devise basic structural design and urban solutions, that can be applied widely due to the fact that these building themselves are production of highly systematic approach. So once a each building type is thoroughly analysed, and prototypes are tested, the mass De:construction process can be repeated endlessly in a very efficient manner. Balancing the initian investment costs. see graph above.

Also I introduced a Design for De:construction strategy. That means when the building designed in the first stage become obsolete or the lifetime of elements meet yet another limit, the building is designed in such a way that it allows easily for further De:construction. This means demountable joinery, easy separation of elements.

The role of the architect also changes. He is now increasingly becoming a master of process and information rather than Master builder. His decision are data - based, beginning with the material bank as a first input, driving the entire process.