In 2011 Bauman Lyons Architects were invited to design a tiny shelter for a small community in East Yorkshire. Their budget could not afford traditional construction so we built it ourselves, leveraging the maximum value we could from a more integrated design-build process. This experience gave us a valuable insight into how emerging tools and processes had the potential to solve systemic issues restricting innovation.

Prefabrication has not worked in the past: it is dependent on repetition and continuous volume to sustain large factories and up-front capital investment. We believe emerging technologies have created the possibility to combine the benefits of mass production with the desire and need for bespoke design.

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