The Plate House is the first application of a new, folded shell structural system developed at the University of Oxford. It is an origami-like plate assembly constructed from repeated modules, with a triple-layered shell providing strength and thermal insulation. The modules can be constructed from any convenient sheet material, with joints digitally fabricated directly into the sheet during fabrication, so that no tools or additional connection components are needed for assembly. The structural form is also highly flexible and highly redundant, so plates can be manufactured, replaced, upgraded, or repurposed on site. A full-scale arch was constructed from 3mm thick cardboard layers and had a 4m span and 2m height. The Plate House was a UK regional finalist in the James Dyson Award 2013. More information is available here.

Plate House Type A

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Version History

– [2014-08-15] Project pages uploaded.
– [2013-07-30] v0.1 Type A designs released.