Systems

ArchitectDAVID TAPIAS

CollaboratorRICARD PAU

Year2015-ongoing

BIY 20x40

Aiming to start a conversation, we give away an open system that will allow you to build stools, chairs, tables and huts with just a few cheap pine laths. All these different furniture are made of the same identical parts organised in various ways, so you can redo them according to your changing needs over your lifetime.

BIY SYSTEM

BIY is an acronym for Build it yourself.

This system is developed for people who are not specially attracted to DIY activities. The goal is to provide extremely easy, fast, cheap and robust guidelines to build your own structures in a smooth, easeful and enjoyable way. Some of them provide an intimate satisfaction of being able to make something by yourself, others are designed to be built among two people, so by building together we create new or strengthen old bonds. 

Two tables...

...turn into a children's hut.


CHARACTERIZATION AND QUESTION

WHICH LENGTHS AND QUANTITY OF 20X40 MM BATTENS CAN ALLOW FOR THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DIFFERENT FURNITURE VARIATIONS?

Some periods in our life we might need a small hut for our kids, that later can be easily turnt into some robust chair, a table for them to draw on, or stool to sit while having dinner in the terrace. With standard pine battens as a point of departure, we find the parts sizes and number that will allow for the maximum number of different furniture. Here we include a stool, a chair and a hut as examples, but there are many more configurations you can develop on your won. 


HYPOTHESIS AND PREDICTIONS

Once a basic frame is defined, it is easier and faster to slightly transform it into different structures. We will pick the frame that allows us more configurations possibilities.


PROTOTYPING

We tested the real size of the parts after cutting them, the rigidity of the joints and stability of the different configurations to refine the position of the bracing elements so they were also comfortable to lean small feet on them. We ended up with four different types, each one with different parts lengths.

Type 1

Type 2

Type 3

Type 4

CASE STUDIES