Long before residential structures looked to be inspired by Minecraft or Lego all over the world, Moshe Safdie designed and built pixel-looking Habitat 67 for Montreal’s Expo 67. Do stacked boxes make great homes or is it just a stylistic trend? Why Stacked Blocks Make Great Homes produced by Stewart Hicks asks that question and takes a close look at pixelated building designs, paying special attention to Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67. Hicks interviews Moshe Safdie in Safdie Architects’ Boston office on his thoughts and compares it with recent stacked-block buildings.
The interlocking concrete blocks or ICBs, have become a popular choice for building homes and structures in recent years. Here are some reasons why stacked blocks make great homes:
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- Durability: Stacked blocks are made of reinforced concrete, which makes them incredibly strong and durable. They can withstand harsh weather conditions, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
- Energy Efficiency: Stacked block walls have high thermal mass, which means they can absorb and store heat. This helps regulate the temperature inside the home and reduces the need for heating and cooling, resulting in lower energy bills.
- Cost-effective: Stacked blocks are relatively inexpensive compared to other building materials such as bricks, timber, or stone. They are also quick and easy to assemble, which can save on labor costs.
- Versatility: Stacked blocks can be used to build a variety of structures, including homes, retaining walls, commercial buildings, and even bridges. They can also be easily modified and customized to suit different design preferences.
- Sustainable: Concrete is a highly sustainable building material because it is made from natural resources such as water, sand, and gravel. Stacked blocks also produce minimal waste during construction, and they can be recycled at the end of their useful life.
Stacked blocks are a durable, energy-efficient, cost-effective, versatile, and sustainable option for building homes and structures.
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