Timberlink is a fully unitized massive timber housing system designed to be adaptable to multiple scales and building sites.

(Fig. 1) Each wall in a Timberlink 'cell' is structural. This means loads from above can be transferred within and across these walls, allowing irregular stacking and new spatial effects. Due to the high structural redundancy, this also means that edits and alterations can take place as future needs change.

Primary targets:

1. Carbon. Use materials with high-sequestered carbon.
2. Labour. Reduce need for labour at the construction site for fast and/or remote building.
3. Quality. Use prefabrication to increase quality.
4. Flexibility. Provide a system that can adapt to different uses

(Fig. 2) Timberlink structures use the same four building blocks. Contrary to this maximum level of prefabrication and modularity, at the level of the assembly, the system is intended to flex and adapt to site particularities through deformation in plan and differences in stacking height.

(Fig. 3) Assembly Process: Enclosure and utility modules are produced off site, shipped, and assembled.

(Fig. 4) Target Locations: remote areas, and situations needing speedy construction (such as disaster relief)

(Fig. 5) Modularization: Each unit is structured around a cross laminate timber (CLT) core.

(Fig. 6) Details: Final assembly requires only simple tools and future changes can be done by locals.

(Fig. 7) Aggregation of similar units.

(Fig. 8) In-between: Alterations at the large scale produce open space at the small scale.

Jonathan worked with Gabriel Li to design a cart for the Stop's night market, a charity night food market where designers are paired with chefs. ¶ To address this year's theme of material re-use, the design uses excess heat (a common waste product) from candles alongside recycled materials to generate a blinking beacon that will animate the surroundings as the evening event progresses. ¶ By crafting small fins in the cans, the heat generated within the point suspended pop cans causes them to turn. ¶ Each vertical stack of pixels produces a continuous chimney allowing the natural movement of hot air to increase the frequency of blinking rotations as it moves from the bottom to the top row. The final patterns projected become an index of both the level of heat within the pixel and the (typically) invisible process of heat escape. ¶ Although evoking the digital, the project is thoroughly old school. No digital fabrication required.

To come...


Panton flex takes Verner Panton's famously unsuccessful Ikea chair as a departing point for a type flexible chair range. The proposed design attempts to develop a more aggressive set of cantilevers in hopes of obtaining greater levels of material bending. ¶ Panton's central detail is opportunistically adapted within a grasshopper rig to allow a series of output dimensions (shown here from lounge setting to dining). ¶ Cnc fabrication from flat stock would allow avoidance of flip milling and contour cutting.

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