Throughout a lifetime the needs of people is changing continuously. Starting out as single, and then becoming a couple,
having kids… Through these phases the need for space keeps increasing, but later when the kids move out the need for
space changes or decreases. Modern buildings should easily be able to meet these changes or even be reconfigured into
completely different purposes.
This is exactly what SuperFlex System is! It's not only a system for living, but can also serve as pavilion, for sports,
flee markets, barn for the farmer, shop for the mechanic, you name it! Or it could serve as a commune for several friends
or just one person. It comes in different sizes, just buy more roof components and living units according to your needs
and economical performance, or sell those you don't need any more. This secures that the material and energy that has
been put into the building is used most efficient, and make less impact on the environment.
Architecturally the project is divided into three zones. The indoor, inside the living units, quite traditional, except
that the units are mobile, can be pushed around, and combined in different ways. The semi outdoor covered space between
and on top of the living units, and the outdoor space. The most interesting about the SuperFlex System is the Semi
outdoor space. This is the place for much different kind of activities; only the imagination sets the limit. Just move
the living units to one corner or outside if you want to have a big party, or play indoor basketball with your friends.
SuperFlex System consists of few and simple components with multiple solutions. The result is advantages for both
manufacture and client. The manufacture gets a efficient cheap industrial mass production, and the client gets the
opportunity to custom design their own home for the locale climate, building site and individual wishes, within the
limits of system, always resulting in high quality, and less errors, meaning less costs.
Ad as many you and your family, or friends need. In case you need less indoor space, remove and sell those you don't
need any more. The small space boxes that easy can be produced for different functions and insulated for different
climates. You can choose from different wall elements in plyboo, translucent polycarbonate, and transparent glass
sliding doors and windows. The units can be locked together to create a larger inner space, or stand alone.
The roof structures geometry is inspired by Japanese origami techniques. With its repeating pattern it can easily be
build as long as needed. Every second frame has been rotated 30 degrees to divide the surface of the structure into
triangles. By doing this the triangular planes stabilize the construction. The surface clearly shows its modularity and
separates the elements that makes it, and makes it perfect for industrial production.
Three types of boards, plyboo/bamboo- and transparent or translucent polycarbonate boards, and it's possible to leave
the structure partly open as well, or maybe even panels with solar cells or solar water heating systems. This makes it
easy to adapting each project to the specific site, climate and wishes of the client.
The floor in the semi outdoor area is made of concrete, unless locale reusable/sustainable material is available, such
as recycled bricks, or stone is available.
LOCATION ADAPTATION EXAMPLES
Hawaii and Pacific Islands, in the tropical and subtropical climate the roof is manly covered with plyboo panels to
shade, only near the ground the panels is transparent or translucent polycarbonate boards. The gables can be left open.
Canada, Alaska and Northern Europe, the roof is manly covered with transparent or translucent panels, to efficiently use
the free heat from the sun.