Flex-Shell Core Architecture



Flex-Shell Core Architecture is an ultra durable, economical, accessible-to-everyone and curvilinear-capable construction method that fosters sustainable life-styles, sustainable attitudes and independent community while demonstrating authentic cutting-edge sustainable technology.  

This curvilinear high-strength shell construction method is for impact-resistant, waterproof, tornado-safe, fire-safe, and earthquake-safe buildings.  

These buildings demonstrate the long-term stability advantages by:  

  1. Using a Shell Material that is extremely durable; a reactive powder mortar plaster shell, that is easy to hand apply because of a special closed-cell foam (Foamed Concrete) additive, and results in shell that is very tough, self-healing, impact damage resistant, water-proof and invulnerable to chemical expansion damage, such as ice and rust damage.
  2.  Using a fast, sturdy, light steel, Curvilinear Framing Process that provides ideal surface shell reinforcing, no-slip triangular steel wire reinforcing, and allows precise control, exploration, and fluid blending of complex curvilinear shapes.  Funnel Columns, Cantilevered Curled-Edge Awnings, and Insulating Stress-Skin Roofs are only some of the flex-stable forms that are precisely expressed and smoothly blended.
  3.  Building a single-shape Flex-Shell Core Monolith Pavilion shelter that is a solid flex-stable core of the finished building that transfers bending strains during an earthquake or tornado to the larger whole. This prevents damage while sheltering the entry walls and anchoring them in place, so that they can also shift under strain but not fall or move out of position.
  4. Integrating leveled spaces into the natural drainage, geology, and ecology, while using the same high-strength shell material for thinner, lower-cost Flex-Shell Retaining Walls and for sheltered runoff gardens. Typically, the terrain is heavily disrupted for berm-leveled flat building pads.  This triggers progressive instability (rapid erosion) which leads to progressive damage to the foundation and the surrounding ecology and soils both upstream and downstream from the disruption.   

This retaining wall terracing approach manages runoff through sheltered garden spaces. These sheltered runoff-receiving gardens shield the foundations for all the leveled or cleared human spaces, while building, stabilizing, and preserving native soils and fauna that, in turn, benefit the sheltered runoff gardens by enhancing the soils microbiota with pathogen-suppressive microbes, local immunity protection, and pest protection natural in  a healthy diversity of natural ecology and key to successful concentrated farming.

Building with response and awareness to the natural surrounding conditions is no longer cost prohibitive. Doing so naturally supports our independence, freedom, and wellbeing.   

As we realize ourselves in context to the interconnected whole, we can discover a less obscured perspective of self that is no longer too preoccupied with rushing along chasing some elusive goal that may not satisfy or reveal how we can fit properly into the whole of the world with welcomed belonging. We can support a world that will support us in return, especially when considering the long term and the importance of effective micro-farming with sheltered gardens and solid enduring estate.  We can remember ourselves as ones capable of seeing, feeling, responding, being stewards of the land, the environment, our future, and our kids.