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This project for a farm stand in southern California comes from a one week charette that allowed us to begin experimenting with the possibilities of sheet metal in the architectural realm. Our project seeks to create a functional building skin that can be manipulated by the user to create a variety of openings, display areas, and water catchment containers. The entire structure, skin, and roof would hypothetically come flat packed and could be assembled by a small number of people on site. This is our first stab at designing a system that could potentially be applied on a much larger scale.

Step 1: COMPONENT OVERVIEW | MODULAR BAY

All steel components for this farm stand come flat packed and ready for assembly including moment frames, facade panels, and roof system. This instructable will show how to fold and construct the middle bay of the farm stand, a technique that can be repeated on the remainder of the building.

Step 2: ASSEMBLE STRUCTURAL MOMENT FRAMES

After pouring the concrete slab foundation, the first step is to fold and attach each set of steel columns to the joist in order to create a moment frame on which the structural columns will be attached.

Step 3: ANCHOR FRAMES TO FLOOR SLAB

Each moment frame is then attached directly to the floor slab as shown.

Step 4: MODIFY PANELS

Each structural panel is made up of four components, that when twisted and lifted, create openings in the facade of the building. This allows users to customize the depth and placement of each opening. In order to keep the opened metal panels secure, struts are placed between the outermost layers.

Step 5: WALL ASSEMBLY

Begin assembling the facade by attaching a bottom structural panel to the frame. Attach the rest of the bottom panels, leading the the next frame. Working in a zig zag pattern, continue this process until the entire wall is notched together.

Step 6: ROOF ASSEMBLY

Attach corrugated roof panels to each moment frame.

Step 7: COMPLETE BAY MODULE

Step 8: ADDITIONAL MODULES

This farm stand consists of three models as seen in the elevation above. Repeat steps 1-6 to complete the full building.

<p>Another awesome flat pack assembly project here! Ace.</p>
<p>Thanks! This is a very good question that we would also like to see answered. We will be prototyping the envelope at full-scale in the next phase. The panels will be made out of 18-gauge stainless steel and this phase will involve testing and modifications to the original design as we are not very experienced with the material yet. Hopefully we will have a working full-scale mockup model by the end of the project which will give us a good idea about its weight and behaviour! </p>
<p>This is a really neat design! What thickness of steel were you thinking of using? I'm curious how heavy a full scale model would be. :)</p>

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