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    Bell Travers Willson, a London-based architecture and design studio, has launched a method that harnesses digital design technology and low-volume custom production methods to build a sustainable alternative to traditional housing.

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    Through FACIT, the house-manufacturing company they founded, the architects produce the "Digital House" using a detailed 3D computer model. This information is transferred to a computer numerically controlled (CNC) router, which rapidly cuts components from sheets of plywood in a controlled factory setting.

    The building components are light enough in weight to be easily maneuverable and assembled without needing expensive cranes and transportation. FACIT's production process combines the advantages of speed and quality of digital prefabrication with the advantages of a flexible labor force and low overhead of traditional site-based construction.

    The result is an integrated construction process said to be faster and less expensive than conventional house-building methods, but which enables a certain degree of customization to suit homeowners' preferences.   >>>

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    Digital House, designed by Bell Travers Willson for efficient fabrication.
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    Component assembly.
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