I am convinced it is possible. I have done that in the past with many pavilion projects. One example is the Coca Cola Beat Box
, a sponsor pavilion for the London Olympics 2012. It was not even the question about what material to use but rather the philosophy of smart design that allowed a modular production of a complex building and its garland. I believe that modularity is a future in the classical building industry. The average life span of a building is 60 years but within that time the building will have very different functions. Therefore, we need to make sure we design buildings that can be easily transformed and adapted in the future. How did you manage the workflow between the architect, engineer and other specialists?
In this particular project we used an FTP platform to share the drawings of all specialists involved. But the real key was making sure that people speak to each other. And to make that happen we had them in the same room, sitting around the table. For the Coca Cola Pavilion, our Swiss team moved to London for 2 months and worked together with the architect- Asif Khan and Pernilla Ohrstedt . They discussed, brainstormed and resolved disputes. The outcome was fantastic. A cross disciplinary team sitting in one room and working jointly on a solution is a simple thing but unfortunately this scenario doesn't happen often enough in reality. This was really efficient, and this is how I imagine a successful project collaboration. What are your tips for setting up the collaboration process in a construction project?
You start the project with defining who are the right people for the particular project. And of course, establishing clear and efficient project-wide collaborative practices to co-ordinate a great deal of complex information. The Endless Stair
project for London Design festival 2013 is a great example. It was a collaboration between the American Hardwood Export Council, British Architects (drmm), International Engineers (ARUP) and Swiss Carpenters (Nüssli). Despite different standards, and construction methods, still unexplored material (tulipwood CLT), and a tight schedule, and different geographical locations of a project team we jointly found a way to design, produce and assemble a modular and mobile wooden object in less than 4 months.