The ARCKIT Review

The ARCKIT Review

Imagine a building system that makes designing and constructing architectural models simple, relatively cheap, and clean? What if the pieces held in one’s hand were designed to reflect modern-day building techniques, conforming not only to international building regulations but also accessibility codes? What if common architectural elements like walls, floors, roofs, trusses, columns, and windows were all single units that could snap together? What if floor plans could be constructed in minutes, easily communicating ideas to a friend, professor, supervisor, or client? What if modeling was so fast and efficient, it could be a platform for rapid prototyping, quickly and efficiently "sketching" ideas in three dimensions? Most importantly, what if one could just concentrate on the design rather than being distracted by the building process? Simply put, ARCKIT embodies all the above and more.

COPIC SKETCH Marker Tests

COPIC SKETCH Marker Tests

COPIC SKETCH are a dual nibbed marker variant from COPIC and are some of the best markers available for architectural coloring. Designed to last a lifetime, they are alcohol-based and are available in every single color that COPIC offers. This means that there are 358 different colors, shades, and hues at disposal. Each marker has both a brush and chisel tip, capable of laying down smooth, even colors in a short amount of time. This is an incredible and diverse use combination. The brush tip is springy and flexible, very similar to a paintbrush, and is your go-to option for blending and shading. The chisel tip is useful for covering larger areas with uniform colors. Its excellent for heavy lifting while the other will be used for the details.

Snowdrop Updates - Orlando Trip // June 2018

Snowdrop Updates - Orlando Trip // June 2018

This past June, a member of the Snowdrop Team, Rick Fairhurst, traveled to Orlando, Florida to present his work on the future of parking at a conference sponsored by the International Parking Institute (IPI). As a finalist for IPI's "Design the Garage of the Future", Rick was exposed to a huge network of companies on site all interested in the future of sustainability and the demand for more livable places/communities and trans-formative/disruptive technologies. Rick made use of this amazing opportunity to network with various companies and share his experience with Arckit and explain about Snowdrop. 

HOW TO: Sustainable ARCHITECTURE with ARCKIT

HOW TO: Sustainable ARCHITECTURE with ARCKIT

Over the next year we will be working with Arckit to begin an entirely new series of videos to document our ideas of holistically sustainable design prototypes, exploring various solutions in passive design. Arckit is an award winning modular component system from Ireland that represents modern construction techniques and building codes. It allows us to rapidly design, build and modify scaled structures.

Passive House (German: PassivHaus) is an extremely rigorous standard for energy efficient building design with the goal of eliminating ecological footprints. Comprised of a set of design principles, the focus is on on maximizing gains and minimizing losses, similar to LEAN construction. A passive building is designed and built in accordance with five building-science principles that work to quantify energy efficiency within given comfort level bounds.

ARCKIT Model 50

ARCKIT Model 50

This past March, Pedro Volpiani, Chirac Ndetan and I launched our new Architectural Startup, Snowdrop. We are a multidisciplinary firm working to design modular homes with exceptional levels of insulation, providing cost effective, net-positive buildings using locally sourced and sustainable materials. These home will target the markets of disaster relief and community building in developing countries. As part of a 10 year initiative, Snowdrop, is broken up into several stages that will focus on providing holistically sustainable housing enabling communities to thrive without external intervention.

Project Revive - Parking Solutions Competition

Project Revive - Parking Solutions Competition

Project Revive is a modular panel-based system that aims to create a generic, self-sufficient, cost effective, modular building typology that can be applied to various residential and commercial applications and in this case, innovative parking solutions. Our proposal demonstrates how the parking garage of the future can easily adapt to disruptions and new market conditions while maintaining a return on investment through additional revenue-generating activities and strategic partnerships.

ARCKIT Model 47

ARCKIT Model 47

Here, I present Arckit Model 47, a modern home design where I worked with Zack to tryout and idea I had for a large staggered gabled roof. Since I've been working with Arckit, I've pushed the limits of the system with various models featuring large sloping roofs. With sustainability in mind for each model, large roofs offer mounting points for PV panels and huge surface areas for water collection.

ARCKIT Model 46

ARCKIT Model 46

Here, I present Arckit Model 46, a modern home design featuring large shed and a two section home connected together by a hallway. Designed for colder climates, the expanded surface areas and orientation of the home allows for the capture of the sun's heat. The two part design allows for sections of the home to be closed off with different temperature regulations when not in use. 

Arckit Inspiration - A guide to your Arckit Masterplan

Arckit Inspiration - A guide to your Arckit Masterplan

Here we look at Arckit Masterplan, a new professional entry into the Arckit Play line-up, offering 390+ components. Arckit opens the world of architecture to everyone, and I'm here to help you get started by demonstrating several sample builds!

Your Arckit Masterplan is a free-form architectural modelling system that enables you to physically bring your design ideas to life with speed and precision. The included pieces are based on the modular components of modern architectural building techniques, making it possible to create a wide variety of professional scaled structures.

I hope these sample models help you understand the fundamentals of using Arckit to design your own amazing structures!

Arckit Inspiration - A guide to your Arckit Cityscape

Arckit Inspiration - A guide to your Arckit Cityscape

Here we look at Arckit Cityscape, a new entry into the Arckit Play line-up, offering 155+ components. Arckit opens the world of architecture to everyone, and I'm here to help you get started by demonstrating several sample builds!

Your Arckit Cityscape is a free-form architectural modelling system that enables you to physically bring your design ideas to life with speed and precision. The included pieces are based on the modular components of modern architectural building techniques, making it possible to create a wide variety of professional scaled structures.

I hope these sample models help you understand the fundamentals of using Arckit to design your own amazing structures!

Sony HXR-NX80 Professional 4K Pocket Camcorder

Sony HXR-NX80 Professional 4K Pocket Camcorder

The NX80 is a beautiful device; its compact design, thin form factor (I got it to balance on a Ronin M) and image make it a seriously capable camcorder. For anything from corporate, event, education, and government video, Sony’s HXR-NX80 is tough to beat. Its sleek chassis, native 4K resolution, Instant HDR, a giant one-inch type image sensor and Fast Hybrid Auto Focus, make it the perfect tool for taking your productions to the next level.

Arckit Model 45 - Modern Home Design

Arckit Model 45 - Modern Home Design

Built on a steep topography, Arckit Model 45 is a modern three-storied favela styled residence with an alluring program. With a spacious and open plan, the primary floor contains a living room, kitchen and dining area, each with unique views of the surrounding landscape. Below, half underground, the basement level contains a master bedroom and a large multipurpose space that can extend and open up to an outdoor patio with a small private pool. At the top, a covered rooftop deck provides the owners with an extra gathering area and access to a green garden.

Arckit Inspiration - A guide to your A180

Arckit Inspiration - A guide to your A180

Here we look at Arckit 180, a mid tier kit to the Arckit line-up, offering 350+ components. Arckit opens the world of architecture to everyone, and I'm here to help you get started by demonstrating several sample builds!

Your Arckit 180 is a free-form architectural modelling system that enables you to physically bring your design ideas to life with speed and precision. The included pieces are based on the modular components of modern architectural building techniques, making it possible to create a wide variety of professional scaled structures.

I hope these sample models help you understand the fundamentals of using Arckit to design your own amazing structures!