ARCKIT Model 47

Featuring Zack Bishop

If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.
— Pete Seeger

Project Details

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.

We began the project by creating a large base plate using Arckit 4X4s. From here, we used standard floor plates to outline different areas of the home. A private section contains two bedrooms, a bathroom and a master bedroom whereas the public area contains a kitchen and dining room separated from an external living room with an open courtyard. The courtyard serves as a way to ventilate the home as well as provide expandable living space in warmer months. 

The main roof was constructed by using the Arckit half-wall sections to create two different height walls where two large gables rest. Overall this was a beautiful model that really highlights the capabilities of Arckit in creating a variety of roof types beyond the standard gables in the box.

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Zack Bishop is a second-year architecture student at the University of Maryland. He is interested in sustainable materials and design, as well as techniques to fortify buildings against extreme weather situations.

As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or comments, I would love to hear from you in the comments section below or through email to Feel free to send me pictures or videos of your own creations, I always enjoy seeing all your models.

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