Architecture Monday

Something experimental and different for us to explore tonight.  Called The Arches, it is a “kit of parts” that can be deployed to create usable/inhabitable space under the archways of elevated rail lines, roadways, water ways, and the like.

It’s a nifty idea.  Using interlocking (sustainably sourced and CNC-cut) wood boxes, the whole thing is self-supporting, easily erected, and can be dismantled to be re-used elsewhere.  Overhead beams clip onto the arched box end pieces to provide support for insulation as well as lights and other utilities, while pallets form the base for a floor.  Lastly, polycarbonate panels complete the deal lining the outside faces, providing light while maintaining privacy.  Oh, and bonus feature:  the boxes that form the structure double as cubbyholes for storage or display.   Taken all together, it takes advantage of the shelter provided by the existing infrastructure to create a quick way to enclose new usable space for minimal cost and effort.

Though I’m not quite sure where that fox came from…

The Arches Project by Boano Prišmontas

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