studio RAP designs sustainable floating house from timber and cork


‘the float’ in leiden


Rotterdam-based structure agency Studio RAP completes ‘The Float,’ a sustainable floating house constructed of timber and cork. The uncovered timber inside captures mild and creates a tranquil inside expertise, whereas the strong cork exterior envelope subtly blends in with the ambiance of the historic metropolis of Leiden. Using primarily two supplies, timber and cork, radically simplifies the dwelling‘s development whereas creating particulars which might be directly easy and stylish.

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photographs © Riccardo De Vecchi@riccardodevecchi.photograph



the idea by studio rap


Our shopper requested us to design an progressive and sustainable floating house alongside the picturesque canals within the historic metropolis of Leiden (NL),’ word the architects at Studio RAP, ‘Our design for the principle mass relies on the concept that the home may very well be a sequence of atmospheres representing features of dwelling that on the identical time keep away from a single floating container look.


With this place to begin, a sequence of smaller modules had been designed and rotated in direction of the luxurious nature on the other aspect of the canal. Afterwards, additional panels had been added in between the modules after which folded to create intricate 3D corrugated partitions.

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the folding construction


The atypical construction of the floating house takes inspiration from origami-principles and folded constructions. This ends in better spans with much less materials than extra standard types of construction. This load bearing construction was utterly realized in Cross-Laminated-Timber (CLT), a strong, timber and bio-based materials that was left uncovered as the inside end. In shut collaboration with the structural engineer, folds had been designed and parametrically optimized for the partitions and roof that resulted in a discount over two thousand kilograms (4,400 kilos) of timber.

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a home wrapped in cork


The timber construction is clad solely in cork, with a low-density cork insulation layer and a high-density cork outer layer bonded by a cork mortar layer. This meeting lends partitions which breathe, and a wholesome and cozy inside local weather. The expanded cork used is a pure plant-based materials with a novel ecological origin giving the constructing an exceptionally low carbon footprint. The architects word that cork is a superb materials to fabricate digitally, as all cork modules had been CNC-cut to make sure neat seams and bespoke window particulars.

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a digital workflow


From its early design phases to its development, Studio RAP realized The Float totally with digital methods. Instantly from its digital design all digital manufacturing information for the CLT and cork was made and structural calculations had been finished. The benefit of a solely digital workflow is that every part stays digital and subsequently variable, making it doable to do adjustments with none issues till late within the realization course of.


Thus, completely different design eventualities had been simply be examined for planning, technical, and monetary feasibility whereas sustainability was central on this digital workflow and guided most design selections. On this manner the mission aspires to push the trade additional with sustainable structure and look past the usage of standard development supplies and strategies.

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