Creating new environments in vacant offices and heritage in order to provide a home for those who had to flee.

As a part of the MaCuBs program, the aE/Intecture studio researches at ‘’Shelterlands’’ the question how digital fabrication can play a role in a design for dwellings which is on one hand about low-cost and mass production and on the other hand has to serve different basic needs in a social vacuum.
Trough research & design, prototypes and pilot projects MaCuBs explores the potential of digital fabrication in building industry to solve real world problems in innovative and realistic ways. Challenges MaCuB students are currently working on include the development of safe and affordable construction systems for slums, the transformation of vacant offices through mass- customized interiors, and the use of the speed and flexibility of digital production to house asylum seekers. The Product Development Lab investigates how digital fabrication techniques could provide an economic and ecological advantage for the building sector.
Many aspects of the New Industrial Revolution are involved in the design projects and the research: open source knowledge, fab-labs, mass-customization, local production, file-to- factory, new business models, new collaborations between architect and client and new kinds of ornamentation.

Transforming of vacant offices into modular & flexible living spaces

The PopUp Village allows for flexible and user-friendly transformation of vacant office buildings into a variety of functions. It consists of removable plug-and-play homes that are put inside the offices, built out of so-called ‘function pixels.’ These pixels are wall elements with integrated function, which can fold in and out, to make quick and easy transportation and a space-efficient interior. When the transformed building needs to revert back to office space, the PopUp Village
can move out to another building, extending the lifecycle of the materials.

Leon Zondervan | 2014

Designing a flexible AZC using digital fabrication

A Home for the Displaced provides flexible housing for this increasing influx and not only fulfills the different basic needs of asylum seekers, but also proposes
a generic building system which can respond to this fluctuating influx. This system adapts to every new occupant and can be customized to family composition and cultural background by using digital fabrication that can allow mass customization with the benefits of mass production.

Anneloes de Koff | 2016

Exploration of CNC-milling for AZC in existing buildings

Since the number of asylum seekers is exploding, there is a need to build more and better AZC’s. The main purpose of the research is to use the fast construction
technology of CNC milling to explore the possibilities for transformable space inside an eight person unit. In this way, qualitative housing could be created for the asylum seekers. This project is an example of the implementation of a new building system in existing buildings to create a comfortable living environment at low cost in the IBA Parkstad area, as well as other AZC’s in the Netherlands.

Shijie Zhang | 2016