The Competition challenges the participants to design an urban or peri-urban housing scheme with an
innovative construction system using CLT.
The design process started with understanding current construction practices in CLT which consists of mainly framed and load-bearing structural systems. The major drawbacks of these systems are that they consume a lot of material (heavy solid columns), obstruct the free-flowing spaces, making the creative process of designing dependent on the structural system.
The proposal put forward is to address these issues and create an innovative technique of construction that will overcome these drawbacks and not restrict the creative process of designing. This method consists of a hybrid construction method which includes the cable-stayed and framed technique, where the cable holding the beams of each floor allows to create column-free spaces and are connected to the central core unit which includes a staircase and service ducts that helps to reduce maintenance cost. Since CLT is industrial material the housing project is based on modular planning and form exploration. Here, each floor is made out of 6m×6m modules of space which allows creating the different configurations of build form.
The facade showcases the aesthetics of the material. The steep sloping roof helps to deal with the heavy precipitation and huge windows provide ample sunlight.