Tom O’Keefe, the site superintendent at Casa Smed, has decades of experience building all kinds of structures. He’s even built houses for Mogens Smed before. This experience was night and day for him.
Installing the Metal “Fish Scales”
Dan Medwin has worked with Mogens Smed on his houses before. Dan knows Mogens is always looking for ways to intrigue the many architects and designers who come to DIRTT to see something new. That includes trips to the Smed home. Being Danish, Mogens’s favourite way to do business through building a relationship. That includes breaking bread together and finding out about the other person’s life. Whenever possible. Mogens invites client groups to come to his home – even this one while it is being built. He knows they will be excited to see the huge leaps forward in materials and technology being used to build this prototype.
For Dan that means his metal tile work is unlike anything he’s ever worked on before.
Ryan Glover Talks Quality
Don’t be fooled by his youthful appearance. Ryan has years and years under his belt as a custom home builder. And building in a part of the world, where winter and summer temperatures can be a difference of 100 degrees Fahrenheit – sometimes in one day during the winter(!), means he’s seen, if not it ALL, then a lot.
We captured Ryan’s thoughts on what he’s seen so far here at Casa Smed.
Casa Smed gets decked
With years of custom home building under his belt, Ryan Glover (new-ish DIRTTbag) is astonished at the speed such a complex home can be constructed. Join him as he describes how the 2000 sq. ft. deck and covering, done in DIRTT Timber Frame, is going.
Why so complex Casa Smed?
Mogens Smed speaks further to why DIRTT is doing something that has never done before to such a level of complexity.
Mogens Smed Jan 20/17 update
Join Mogens as he basks in the unseasonably warm construction weather – which followed on the heels of unseasonably COLD (-27 C) construction weather.
He’s pretty pleased with how things are going.
Christoph Friedlos melds technology and craft
Our guy from Switzerland (actually, we have a couple) is a timber whisperer. He loves all the qualities wood brings to building. However, he’s no Luddite. Christoph is a firm believer in using technology to make perfection. The idea of bringing timbers to the job-site, seeing what works and what doesn’t and then trying again drives him crazy. This guy takes ‘measure twice, cut once’ to a whole new level.
Curved and Angled: Oh my!
One of the highlights of this home is the astonishing curved AND angled wall. Christoph Friedlos, DIRTT’s wood whisperer, designed it in a few days and just four days later it was built and assembled in the factory. The next day it was dropped into place on the job-site and fit like a glove.
Time Lapse in Mid-January
Watch as whole, prefabricated walls slide into place cleanly and smoothly.
DIRTT’s 5-axis Krusimatic in Action
The Krusimatic is a big robot with multiple, programmable saws. It is able to create all kinds of angles and curves in big glulam timbers. At DIRTT, we kick this up a notch by adding our ICE software platform for even more complex designs.
The timbers themselves, the glulams, are from sustainable forests. The foresters can use smaller trees by “gluing” them together to create not just big timbers, but really, really precisely milled timbers that are more durable than solid wood from one big ol’ tree.