Project name: SIP panel house
Architects: Alejandro Soffia, Gabriel Rudolphy
Location: Santo Domingo, Valparaíso Region, Chile
Structural engineer: José Manuel Morales, Client Vicente Hidd
Materials: SIP panels, wood
Project area: 101 m2
Construction date: 2011
SIP Panel House was designed by the architects Alejandro Soffia and Gabriel Rudolphy (Chile) by way of enhancing the use of prefabricated modules. These are placed in perpendicular angles and stacked on top of others, in such a way that they result in rooms with standard dimensions on two floors.
The name of SIP Panel House comes after the use of this type of Structural Insulated Panels, composed out of interior and exterior sheating and an insulation core. The house is clad on wood on its north and south elevations.
A series of small modular pathways and terraces slot into the corners around the house and are also covered with wooden panels, plus residents can climb up onto a wooden deck on the roof.
The eastern façade of the house, close to a neighbor, is more closed-off, and the western façade opens up to the light and the view. The northern and southern faces of the house, as well as the terraces, are enveloped in a wooden skin.
The totality of the house was configured with two kinds of components: wall panels (122 x 244 x 11.4 mm) and split-level panels (122 x 488 x 21 mm). In just 10 days, 71 wall panels and 40 split-level panels were built. The loss of material was negligible.
Through the configuration of spatial modules comprised of two wall panels and two split-level panels, inhabitable spaces measuring 6 square meters were built. These spaces are the result of multiplying these volumes along the length of their transversal axis according to standard surfaces of use. The house is comprised of the sum of these different spaces.