2020 results

Ashen Cabin
by Hannah


Design studio Hannah has designed a tiny cabin in Upstate New York using 3D-printed concrete stilts to elevate the small structure.

Perhaps unknown to many, a large fraction of North America's 8.7 billion ash trees are silently dying in forests, infested by the Emerald Ash Borer.

Unable to be processed by conventional sawmills, they are regarded as economically "un-valuable" – worth about $0.25 per tree, despite their hard wood.

By implementing high-precision 3D scanning and robotic-based fabrication technology, Hannah transforms the infested waste wood into an abundantly available, affordable and sustainable building material.

From the ground up, digital design and fabrication technologies are intrinsic to the making of this cabin, facilitating new material methods, tectonic articulations, and forms of construction.

This project has been longlisted in the small building category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Architect: Hannah
Project: Ashen Cabin

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