Two-and-a-half weeks before the official move-in date, Mogens Smed gives the crews on-site and at DIRTT an exciting new twist.
Solar Runs the Casa Smed Show
Today we hear from James Robinson at Wave Technical. He created a solar solution for Casa Smed. It will not only run the house, once it’s moved into – but he set it up so it could support the tools and teams building it. And during the construction season, temperatures plummeted to an, eyebrow freezing -28C at times!
Mogens Closet arrives
The DIRTT DNA is starting to show up at Casa Smed. As a little prod to the schedule, Mogens had his own closet system arrive before the floor was finished installing “This is a good physical and visual hint that things must get done fast,” he said as the painters picked up the pace. You can also see a hint of what the beautiful wood handrail will look like on the glass panels along the stairs.
Why all the European stuff?
Tomaz Stich take us from the original mock-up, where we had to demonstrate the validity of our approach to the local permitting officials, to the Casa Smed job-site. He explains why many of the construction materials and components in Europe would be good choices here in North America.
Glass railing leads to loft.
See how the glass panes slide onto the beautiful, elegant connectors on the stairs for a dramatic addition to the staircase.
Loft Staircase in 3.5 hours
The next set of stairs at Casa Smed installed even faster than the first. In just 3.5 hours these gravity defying stairs led from the main floor to the loft. (Okay, okay between software technology and old school technology known as tenons these stairs “defy” gravity.)
Now that we are on the inside, things will speed up intensely. This is where the original DIRTT DNA shines. Of added interest – the kitchen and closets were pre-designed and made months ago. So we are relying on technology to ensure they are an exact (EXACT!) fit on the day they head to site.
Next, however, the amazing glass railings install.
Architect Guides Timber Frame into 21st Century
Casa Smed’s architect was inspired by nature and pushing boundaries. Cheryl Link is a preeminent timber frame architect and she knew this project was going to take the building method she knows and loves into an entirely new realm.
Gravity Defying Staircase
Watch as Christoph Friedlos installs a staircase, described by Mogens Smed as “the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen.” His enthusiasm was stoked by the fact it installed in four hours.
It was built with a whole lot of technology and foresight and a little bit of encouragement from a great big hammer.
The cantilevered results will be a sight to behold once the glass railing goes on and it is lit up.
Site Super says this is “100% better”
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.