Clockwork Architecture + Design

Clockwork Forum – The Future of Architectural Construction

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 11, 2014
What if architecture became more automated and less susceptible to costly on site errors? We wonder if such a process could ever exist in our world. 

Admittedly, we are curious to know where the conversation should begin. Perhaps, it is as simple as creating a collision between the greatest thinkers in our industry. Bringing these collective brains together, could be the answer to a very complicated idea; making for a very simplistic design future.  How do we as a community eliminate the extensive cost of new building without eliminating the tradesman or the customization? 

In our first Clockwork Forum, we analyzed the downsides to the current prefabrication process. First diving into the preconceptions we have, then studying the history of prefabrication, and finally analyzing Build LLC’s article, “Pre-fab houses don’t work”.

Our team has come to some conclusions from our heated debates and discussions that seemed to touch every topic architects consider:

To achieve a successful automated future it would take a complete overhaul of our traditional building paradigm (which is to gather all the parts of a building on site and then assemble them piece by piece).  The future of construction is quite the opposite. We envision a future where sub-assemblies, or components, are produced in a factory by tradesman with the assistance of automation. Once all the components are completed they can be packed and delivered for construction, aka assembly!  A solution must be developed to deal with the unique quality of every earthen site so as to streamline foundations and utilities.

Complete customization through automation and solutions to each specific issue that manifests must be done with new software developments and true collaboration between the disciplines. This may be the new future for architects, a time for us to be the “process engineer” and lead material scientists, engineers, and construction as our profession once did...

Pump Up the Volume 1NE

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 04, 2014
Located in Westport, Volume 1NE is a perfect fit for the surrounding fashionable boutiques and local eateries. The store owner, Justin Ji, came to the drawing board full of inspiration and an eye for quality design, details, and functionality.   

Volume 1NE is about more than retail. Justin and his team love what they do and are inspired by their products. The only way to succeed in this space was to join Volume 1NE in their passion for the finer things. Clockwork studied countless diagrams in clothing construction to reincarnate those characteristics into the Volume 1NE pilot store. Some materials are continuous throughout, like the sole of a shoe, yet bands of wall construction and thin metal railing profiles harken to the stitching and supports integrated into every clothing item. Floor penetrations connect both floors of the space similar to voids and opening in clothes. 

To capture the owner’s passion for quality craftsmanship, we spent our time in the details of custom, well designed solutions throughout the space. Simplistic in design, the space features a hand charred cedar walls, oversized and wood clad pivot door, metal racks that span between pilasters, and movable racks to allow sales floor adjustments. The cash wrap is steel cased and armourcoat plastered with a glass presentation case. The Volume 1NE branding wall was CNC routed, tiled, and lit with LED strips. Connectivity is maintained between levels by a custom open stairwell featuring tempered glass guard panels and locally fabricated raw steel rails.

We designed the space to be ever evolving. The store concept and displays were planned based on analytics and sales strategies for future growth from a shoe store, to an overall clothing store. In its local surroundings, it provides an eccentric and modern push that Westport visitor’s value and desire.

An International Design Perspective

Santina Cessor - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Our principal, Neil Sommers, recently traveled to Switzerland and Germany to advance our brands knowledge and perspective on cutting-edge Swiss design and building techniques. 

While in Europe Neil spent time touring several CNC wood forming factories to view how complex forms are created with features cut with a .5mm tolerance. Some other factories challenged the existing state of affairs by creating beams that could span 16 Meters with limited deflection. Beyond anything we have seen in the industry. 

At large, this trip has inspired Clockwork to activate designs using these new techniques, and we are thrilled to announce we will roll out products by the end of the year.