"We have to work physically to understand things, to dive deep and figure out how things go together.”

– Peter Curry

Can we develop a lightweight and durable concrete wall panel that helps meet India's affordable housing demand?

We built mockups with five different lightweight aggregates, and a series of 12 mixes incorporating both conventional and lightweight aggregates. Each mix was cast to determine workability, finish, and dry weight.

Because of the design and angles of the facade panel, one side of the pattern shades the other when the panel is in direct sunlight, keeping the panel, and consequently the entire building, cool.

We created various molds to test different forms' capacity for self-shading, weight reduction, and thermal benefits.

Construction prototyping allowed us to test three concrete mix designs and determine the optimal panel thickness to reduce weight and increase maneuverability.

Six people maneuver a pre-cast concrete C-panel onto a site-cast foundation.

Building a two-story prototype in Ahmedabad allowed us to test horizontal and vertical expansion and how the panels would work with the addition of stairs.