Design & Construction by quentin Irvine
© 2009 quentin Irvine
Design & Construction by quentin Irvine

when i was 7 i designed a house

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now at 25 i might just build it

This project was constructed on the easter long weekend of 2009. It was constructed at DTE ConFest by myself and a bunch of great helpers as a part of a work shop that i ran on the topic of cradle to cradle design and Papier-mâché house building. The house was built within 3 one hour workshops with a total of approximately 16 person hours of work being undertaken on the project.

The entire house was built with an organic cradle to cradle philosophy in mind, it is made entirely from compostable materials including: tree branches, jute twine, news paper, flour and water for glue and certified organic linseed oil as a waterproofing treatment. The total costs of materials for the house came to about 24 Australian dollars.

The linseed oil is a furniture grade oil which is sold in 2L and 5L containers for very cheap by Stoney Creek.

Here is an entry out of my design journal regarding the project:

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The following are some images of the house both in construction and finished, I could not include any of the people building the house as i forgot to ask their permission to use these images. But lots of great helpers were involved.

 

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Me in my house:

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Detail of the internal structure:

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© 2009 quentin Irvine