The Usual Outlets

The Usual Outlets is a series of speculative design fixtures and fittings for the Family Support Center in Santee Sioux currently under construction. These objects provide additional support for interior elements and include electrical outlets, furniture, windows and doors. All objects integrate with the CLT primary construction and explore NOVATOP 3 Ply panel fabrication.

 

Brenton Rahn

Devin McLean

 

CLT House of “Dame” Things

CLT House of “Dame” Things is an experiment in hybridizing CLT with discarded wooden objects. These objects may appear to have no immediate relevance to high architecture but they are significant in the sense that they represent our daily experiences.

An old chair, part of a picture frame, spoon and so on.

They are what Tzukomoto and Kajima describe as “Dame” or no good objects which, once discarded, offer a starting point for transformation into something new.

 

The act of hybridizing the “Dame” object with CLT forms the basis for its transformation into architecture i.e. furniture/wall,  picture/stair relationship. Hybridizing the object with CLT also provides a critique of their relative position within market economy: the Dame object is “exiting” with no exchange value and CLT entering as an “innovative” product with value.

Each hybrid fits together as  a full-scale assemblage where each fabricated element is set within a form of the small house envelope. This house represents a collective design process where all students collaborate on the overall structure.