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Lighthouse, the portable minioffice


Lighthouse is a micro-building designed and built like a piece of furniture. Typical details and assemblies were discarded in favor of new methods of construction from the ground up. “The result is a project designed to test our craft in materials and our perceptions of space”, say Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice , founder of Knowhow Shop LLC, the American architecture practice that signs the project.

The commitment of Knowhow Shop LLC to traditional craft, contemporary architectural design and digital fabrication can be seen in several details at Lighthouse: from a door with no right angles, a custom made skylight that marries traditional boatbuilding materials with details borrowed from a car sunroof, to structural insulated panels joined with film industry hardware.

“This is not a project that we would have been able to hand off to a contractor to execute, so we bypassed the normal methods of architectural production, and relied on the most experimental potential of our design/build model. Lighthouse is an office for our business, a showcase of our craft, and an example of the huge potential within rethinking the way we design and build”, conclude the two young architects.


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