In The Place Where You Live: MultiPly at the London Design Festival

MultiPly
Photo Credit: https://www.americanhardwood.org

MultiPly (a collaboration of AHEC, Waugh Thistleton Architects and Arup) is a unique exploration utilising sustainable resources and innovative manufacturing solutions. One of the most thought-provoking Landmark Projects at this year’s London Design Festival, MultiPly is currently on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

MultiPly
Photo Credit: https://www.americanhardwood.org

This nine-meter-high interactive installation, erected in the newly renovated Sackler Court, addresses the pressing issues of the millennium, from climate change to the housing crisis. The multi-level maze-like structure is made of a carbon-negative material that leverages modular design principles. MultiPly showcases Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), an engineered material that is weight for weight, stronger than steel and concrete.

MultiPly
Photo Credit: https://www.americanhardwood.org

Constructed in just one week, MultiPly urges visitors to reconsider how the construction and design processes of houses and cities of today can be challenged in both short and long term. It asks us to look at the concept of land and house ownership in the near future. Can the mobile lives of Millennials drive designers to think even further? Designing not only flat-pack furniture but also flat-pack houses? Perhaps when we move house in the future, we will not change house as we do today, but move our house itself.

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