One SQM House NCAD

by NCAD, The Goethe-Institut & Van Bo Le-Mentzel

The “Van Boat” Concept

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Hi! We’re Irish Product Design students from the Nation College of Art and Design (NCAD) which is situated in Dublin. From the 22nd -25th of April 2013, our class and representatives from the Rediscovery Centre (Ireland) took on Van Bo’s One Square meter house project. Our team (Aisling Burke, Patrick Horigan , Timmy O’Sullivan, Dylan Mckimm & Rob Wylie) was one of a total five teams.

Our first day was an very open brainstorm of concepts. It was clear from the get-go that our best and favourite ideas were quite adventurous, fun, and interactive. As a team, we chose a boat house concept, or as we later came to call it..

the “Van Boat”… B-)

The concept and origin of the idea is based of The Viking Splash tour that shows tourists “our home”. The tour teaches them our city’s history by driving on both land and water. From this, we established that our house would have to have the same capabilities of maneuvering itself on land and water.

On the second day, we discussed the concept with Van Bo and from there, developed the idea so that the boat would still preserve homely qualities but would still break social barriers by showing tourists/other people around in this boat. The next step for us was to then start building…(tbc)

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