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This home goes up like a Coachella modular build: fast/cheap

• Kirsten Dirksen

When the Woolsey Fire burnt down their home in 2018, Molly and Ed Murphy wanted a house that would go up fast, that their limited insurance funds would pay for and that wasn't wood. They were introduced to Alexis Rochas whose Oasys prefab can be erected in 30 days using an aluminum frame and steel panels.

Rochas' breakthrough came after years of building with space frame technology at events like Coachella, when he decided to apply this engineering tech to housing. "A space frame or space structure (3D truss) is a rigid, lightweight, truss-like structure constructed from interlocking struts in a geometric pattern."

Invented over a century ago, it was used by Buckminster Fuller on some of his Dymaxion projects. "It allows us to do large spans, free form, and tackle the most amount of space with the least amount of material," explains Rochas.


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