Callaghan c20 Lab Pod

  • click-raft structure and polycarbonate skin
    click-raft structure and polycarbonate skin
  • 3D view of Callaghan c20 Lab Pod
    3D View of suspended Click-Raft Pod above Laboratory
  • Front view of suspended Click-Raft Pod above Laboratory
    Front view of suspended Click-Raft Pod above Laboratory
  • work space integrating furntiure and structure
    work space integrating furntiure and structure
  • Detail of cnc fabricated click-raft plywood structure
    Detail of cnc fabricated click-raft plywood structure

1650 Callaghan c20 Lab Pod

innovative materials and techniques show case next generation transformation of the Callaghan campus
  • click-raft digital fabrication
    click-raft digital fabrication
  • click-raft construction detail
    click-raft construction detail
  • stair up to lab pod
    stair up to lab pod
  • click-raft assembly
    click-raft assembly
client:
location: Wellington, New Zealand
site: Gracefield Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington
design: 2017
program: Office Pod over research laboratories
cost: $65,000
team:
tags: click-raft, laboratory pod, innovation, timber, prefabrication, modular, digital fabrication

Callaghan needed a new laboratory office. The brief required workspace for 4-6 researchers to compliment laboratory facilities in a low cost, innovative design that could be realised within a two month timeframe. The design was concieved as a lightweight structure with workstations suspended above laboratory stations below. A plywood click-raft lattice is clad in polycarbonate and plywood wall and floor cassettes supported on black steel sub-structure. Furniture and building structure are one, tables and shelving are fabricated as an integrated part of the architecture. Services components such as ventilation, electrical fittings, lighting etc are all nestled within the weave of the click-raft lattice, A prefabricated steel stair with perforated plywood skins leads up to a transparent glazed wall to overview the laboratory stations below. Stair landings provide the perfect in-between space to meet and exchange ideas. The project utilises digital documentation and computer numerically controlled fabrication technology to enable the accelerated production of components in parallel to reduce construction timeframes including steel sub-structure, click-raft lattice frame, wall and floor cassettes and stair components. All components were fabricated off-site at the Makers Factory and assembled using the gantry crane. For Callaghan Innovation the project illustrates the use of innovative building technologies, materials and techniques  show casing next generation transformation of the Gracefield campus into a new dynamic Innovation Quarter.