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Cartwright Pickard unveil Living Steel prototype

[FIRST LOOK] Cartwright Pickard Architects has revealed its steel-framed global ‘housing solution’ for emerging communities

The practice, which won the Living Steel International Architecture competition in 2007, hopes the flexible system will be used to help tackle housing shortages in developing countries such as China, Brazil and India.

Dubbed the Novohouse, the scheme uses a permanent, lightweight steel structure which can be clad in indigenous materials including handmade mud bricks, straw bales, timber, or bamboo.

The structural framework for the house will be made from cold-formed steel which can be created as prefabricated panels in a factory, either at the site or nearby.

James Pickard, Director, Cartwright Pickard Architects said: ‘There are approximately 2 billion people homeless world wide. The task of providing decent homes for the world’s growing population is one that architects must address with practical solutions.

‘We are delighted to be working with Living Steel to help explore design solutions for this important challenge. The NovoHouseis just the beginning of a new way of looking at solutions for creating and delivering new homes.’

A life-size model of the house was unveiled at the World Steel Association Annual Conference (Worldsteel-43) in Beijing, China, earlier this week.

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