Prefab-Interiority: Design Principles for a Sensuous Prefab Practice

By Marie Frier, Anna Marie Fisker and Poul Henning Kirkegaard.

Published by The Design Collection

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Despite the global, and still increasing, need for cost effective homes, the envisioned potential of technically utilizing prefab processes as a means of meeting this need has remained a challenging matter. Especially sensuous spatial qualities are often lost within the technical, economic, and practical realm of prefabrication, leaving the produced houses as monotonous box-like constructions rather than inhabitable homes. But what are the sensuous qualities actually spatially defining a home, and how to formulate design principles for developing and revealing these qualities within prefab practice?
It is our hypothesis that the inhabitant’s experience of home is dependent on sensuous impressions of interiority, spatial detailing at the threshold of furniture, such as an embracing window seat. However, within the practical realm of prefabrication, the revelation of such sensuous spatial qualities is significantly dependent on our constructive ability to economically and production-technically join building elements. Consequently this paper explores the potential for developing interiority as a theory and design principle for transforming constructive challenges within prefab practice into sensuous spatial qualities in the future prefab home. In this matter the paper presents a specific case study, a practice-oriented research project concerning the development of a novel prefab building system and housing series, done in cooperation with the Danish prefab housing manufacturer Boel Living A/S. As a research result the paper suggests a positioning of interiority as a theory and design principle for developing a sensuous prefab practice.

Keywords: Prefabricated Houses, Interiority, Sensuous Spatial qualities, Construction Technique, Joints

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp.415-426. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 4.125MB).

Marie Frier

Ph.D Student, Department of Architecture & Design, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Marie Frier, b. 1982, is M.Sc. Eng. in Architecture from Aalborg University, Department of Architecture and Design 2007 and is today a practising architect and a Ph.D. Student at Department of Architecture & Design, Aalborg University, Denmark, within the subject “Interiorisation – Architecture in the Future Prefabricated House”.

Anna Marie Fisker

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Design, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Anna Marie Fisker, b. 1957, is Architect maa. from The School of Architecture, Århus in 1984 and PhD in “Food and Architecture” from Aalborg University, Institute of Architecture and Design in 2003. Anna Marie is today Associate Professor at Aalborg University Institute of Architecture and Design, Project Manager in the Networkconsortium Food College Denmark.

Prof. Poul Henning Kirkegaard

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Poul Henning Kirkegaard, b. 1962, is M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Aalborg University, Aalborg in 1988 and PhD in “Experimental Design” from Aalborg University, Department of Civil Engineering in 1991. Poul Henning Kirkegaard is today Associate Professor at Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University where he is related to the group of Architectural and Structural design.

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