Why don’t more residential designs incorporate prefab and BIM techniques?

To give our audience eyes and ears into the live judging sessions that took place at Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage of the insightful jury conversations that decided the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the recipient of the award for Large Apartment of the Year: Freebooter by GG-loop. Find the full collection of reports in our newly released May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.

Amsterdam – What is innovation? That was the principal question that arose during deliberations for Large Apartment of the Year. Freebooter by GG-loop fulfilled every criterion the jury members had in mind: it’s innovative, sustainable, and uses new materials and energy-efficient technologies.

Located at the centre of Amsterdam’s Zeeburgereiland with a sightline to the IJ River, Freebooter is designed with naval architecture at its core. It celebrates fluid curves and apertures, wood craftsmanship and an intricate relationship between interior and exterior. Comprising two separate two-bedroom apartments, each measuring 120 m2, the project was calculated for comfort through parametric design – with a solid eco story to back it up.

Freebooter met all the parameters identified by the jury: it’s innovative, sustainable, and uses new materials and energy-efficient technologies.

Freebooter utilizes prefabricated construction, a method that became a topic of conversation during the Frame Awards. The seasoned professionals around the table questioned why only now, so long after their introduction, techniques such as prefab and building information modelling (BIM) are finding their way into residential designs. ‘We’ve got all these technologies and now we need to implement them,’ concluded Laura Bielecki, senior manager of interior design at Ellington Properties. ‘At a time when a lot of design firms still aren’t using technology to their advantage – not in residential at least – Freebooter is taking the technology to where we ought to get to.’


Read more about the project here. Frame Awards 2020’s Residential category was proudly sponsored by Laufen. The People’s Choice award went to JHouse by Zooco Estudio.

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