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Big Dig House

Sustainable private house constructed from 600,000 pounds of salvaged Central Artery materials. First prototype of innovative award-winning design and construction method. 3,800 sf.

Weidlinger Associates collaborated with Single Speed Design to design and construct a prototype house in a historic community (Six Moon Hill) from recycled temporary structures from Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel project. Weidlinger created the custom-made details that transformed the bridgelike design into a house with a steel and concrete structural system that is an inspiration for future architecture. The system's subtle spatial arrangements derive from its highway components. The reused Inverset slabs, cast compositely with steel beams, also confer the advantage of supporting high-capacity loads. The project demonstrates the untapped public benefit of front-end planning for the design of community schools, libraries, and housing to coincide with and make use of the deconstruction of infrastructure, thereby saving valuable resources, labor, and taxpayer dollars.

Completion Date: 2006
Location: Lexington, Massachusetts
Owner or Client: Paul Pedini
Prime Consultant(s): Single Speed Design

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