OMA develops "wooden plug and play system" for 30 Amsterdam faculties

David Gianotten and Michael den Otter of Dutch studio OMA have designed a modular, mass-timber system that will probably be used to assemble as much as 30 faculties within the Netherlands.

Constructed from standardised picket columns and cross-laminated timber ground panels, linked by recycled metal joints, the system will probably be used as a base for major faculties.

The modular timber system is being developed by a collective of architects, engineers, builders and researchers named Circlewood, which is led by OMA.

Made in a manufacturing facility beneath a “digitally managed course of”, the elements will probably be assembled on-site by electrical cranes, which can organize them into structural frameworks.

All partition partitions will probably be non-load bearing to create versatile areas that can be utilized as auditoriums, gardens or school rooms. Biobased supplies will probably be used to make sure the partition partitions are appropriate for actions equivalent to vertical farming and indoor climbing.

Colleges “might be absolutely dismantled”

The modular system was designed in response to town of Amsterdam’s Innovation Partnership College Buildings program, which plans to construct 9 to 30 faculties.

“The prefabricated wooden plug and play system has been developed via shut collaboration between the Circlewood companions,” OMA managing associate Gianotten mentioned.

The modular wooden system will probably be used to create faculties with versatile designs

“With this method, the brand new faculties that will probably be in-built Amsterdam, and hopefully elsewhere within the Netherlands, can increase, downscale, or differ in configurations to answer totally different wants over time,” he added.

“When a college closes, the constructing might be absolutely dismantled, and all of the elements turn into building supplies once more.”

The faculties had been required to be “high-quality, versatile and sustainable” to assist Amsterdam’s aim of turning into absolutely round by 2050.

Their carbon footprint and sources consumption will probably be proven on info screens to assist educate college students of their environmental affect, and the faculties may have “minimized emissions,” in response to the studio.

This will probably be achieved “owing to the prefabricated constructing methodology that reduces nitrogen emissions, the carbon-absorbing biobased partitions, and the constructing elements that may be absolutely reused,” OMA mentioned.

Designs to be developed along with younger architects

The studio will assist choose younger architects and panorama designers with whom it is going to develop the faculties, with a pilot faculty at the moment being developed along with Studio A Kwadraat.

“The system elements are sturdy, adaptable, and simply assembled,” OMA venture associate den Otter mentioned. “This provides flexibility for the faculties to form studying environments that swimsuit their identities.”

OMA and Circlewood will proceed to refine the venture and hope that it’ll ultimately even be utilized exterior of the Netherlands.

Alongside OMA, Circlewood contains Noordereng Groep, Oosterhoff (ABT, Adviesbureau Lüning, bbn adviseurs), Studio A Kwadraat, DWA, Hedgehog Firm, Heko Spanten BV, EtuConsult, Lomans and Ferross Staalbouw.

Different latest modular designs embrace earthquake shelters by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and a modular housing system designed to handle the housing disaster.

The images is by Arthur Wong for OMA.