Alternating Modular Sequence
The Loq•kit planning grid is unlike all other regulating grids.
Historically, layout grids used to regulate building system dimensions have been composed of a series of distances marked by intersecting gridlines. The distances between gridlines establish repeating system dimensions. Repetition creates structural efficiency in fabrication and assembly. Repetition also produces sameness – an undesirable trait when applied to housing.
Conventionally, the distances between gridlines refer to modular dimensions – standardized units for easy and flexible construction. Also, when the building structural system utilizes columns, the columns are placed at the intersection of gridlines.
The conventional layout grid does not regulate component connection size – resulting in a system where connections between modular parts take on their own unique spatial needs. Each connection between modular components threatens to interfere with overall modular system dimensions. Because of this, modular part dimensions are relatively large, and connection locations are limited – resulting in buildings that are “blocky” and similar-looking in layout and appearance .
This lack of modular coordination between part and connection size produces building systems with limited flexibility. The Loq•kit planning grid is an entirely new approach to system standardization. The Loq•kit grid establishes a common connection size between components, while also establishing a regular distance between possible connection locations. The result is a grid composed of an alternating sequence of A and B modules. The B module establishes a regular connection size between components. The A module establishes a regular distance between adjacent connection locations. The grid is applied to system layouts in three-dimensions.
Loq•kit modular dimensions are determined by selecting any two coplanar connection locations (B modules), and adding the total distance between them – made up of both the A and B modules. This method of standardization produces modular component sizes of A, 2A+1B, 3A+2B, 4A+3B, 5A+4B, etc. Because the modular part sizes incorporate a connection methodology (that informs overall modular system dimensions), many connections can be made between standardized parts, and overall system dimensions remain modular.
The modular coordination between connection size and location of the Loq•kit grid produces a system of parts standardization capable of producing unprecedented flexibility – resulting in near limitless number of achievable final configurations.
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