Out of Pocket – Italy

There will be fewer postings to the MWBa blog for the next few months as Stephen will be teaching architecture in Vicenza Italy with the University of Florida Vicenza Institute of Architecture. If you would like to follow along send a request and he will add you to Google+.


Map of Vicenza

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In July 2012, MW Bender Architecture and Single Speed Design of Cambridge Massachusetts and New York City was short-listed to compete in the National Design Competition for the Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention. 25 national firms submitted qualifications, our team was one of six to be shortlisted. Our design entry was ranked second of the six competing firms. The competition jury included both local and national members. Find out more about our entry here. See SsD’s Cade page too.

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Aggregated interlocking abstract volumes create connection within the museum and around the museum.


Container Guest House 11 23 2011

Division of Shipping Container

The original Shipping Container is an [45′] aged vessel covered with character and international stamps. After the container was divided, structural frames were added to the edges of the bifurcation and to the bottom beams to prevent twists and shifts. Here are some pictures showing the raw condition of the container and the welding process of the steel frame.


A Long Awaited Progress Post – Date Range 09 15 2011 thru 11 30 2011

This post is very late. I have excuses, but I won’t bore you with them. Instead I will apologize for not getting these images up as the action was occurring.

Needless to say, a lot has happened in the last three months. Solar structures and solar panels have been installed, insulation and interior wall finishes are installed, roofing is installed and most importantly, Tom has achieved his Certificate of Occupancy meaning that his building permit is officially closed out! Read on, this is a long one…

09 15 2011 Solar Tree Construction

The structures I designed for Tom’s solar array are going up.


09 20 2011 Insulating Between Floors

Here is a pic of the floor insulation being installed. Tom cut strips of container floor out along each side and filled the space between roof/floor of stacked containers with cellulose (recycled paper) insulation. Also, Tom was able to get a couple of rolls of chain link fence that was being taken down on the rails to trails at the end of the block. We will reuse the fence on the green wall.


09 20 2011 Green Wall Frame

Tom’s green wall will be a prototype; built out of recycled material (chain link fence), and outfitted with micro pumps fed from a rainwater harvest cistern. There will be a sensible variety of plants; edibles within hands reach, colorful flowering above, and airophytes toward the top. Pretty much what Tom always envisioned. The consultant has even mentioned using wind powered pumps for the cistern. Very cool.

Tom says, “One of the main reasons I pumped all my money into this was to push the boundaries and give people environmental options like this green wall.” All the best – Tom


09 20 2011 Work Around the Site

some pics of the new sidewalk…
solar powered driveway gate…
recycled steel hand rail…
some interior doors…
solar tree and the priming…
mini split AC/heaters on wall…
The energy rating stickers on the minis 23seer…
the vision triangle concrete border…


10 27 2011 Solar Is Up

The solar panels are up and will be making power soon. I have inserted some of the digital model images for fun…


11 11 2011 Roof System Preparation

Here are some pics showing how Tom epoxied the roof. He made sure all the welds were clean and then sealed the roof using a 100% solids two-part epoxy. Then he will use Super Therm to cover the entire living area of the roof.


11 11 2011 Elastomeric Application (Super Therm)

All white with a few leaves that fell. I might need to figure out some kind of grate system since I noticed shoes will dirty it up


11 30 2011 Solar Power

Tom is happy to announce that the solar system is now on. He has passed all building department final inspections on the container house. There are still a few details to finish; flooring, LEED inspections and blower door test, painting the exterior, landscaping, etc.

Roof Access Construction 04 14 2011

116 days from container delivery…

“This is the opening to the roof, called the doghouse.  A storm door will go on it. You can the see the new stairway design to allow anyone to walk up to the roof.
Just one of the many interesting things on the home.” Tom

The original design called for a roof hatch, but Tom will probably use the roof more than we had anticipated so easier to use access makes good sense. The solar panels will be adjustable to best meet the sun angle throughout the year. Stephen


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