Engineer Steve Harvey has been tinkering around with the concept of building something that is both simple and beautiful, and he’s been talking to engineers all over the world about how to do it.
“I’ve got the engineers talking about this,” he says.
“And they’re like, ‘Oh yeah, we’ve built this.
It’s not quite right.
We’ve done this, we can do that.'”
Harvey’s first project, a simple, round, metal building, looks like a garage, but is actually a living space.
A couple of the engineers he talks to are convinced the building will be worth their time, and they’re looking for people to join them on the project.
“There’s a lot of engineering and design people out there, and there’s a few people that really like to do a lot, so it’s not really a great fit for me, to be honest,” Harvey says.
But Harvey is happy to share the inspiration he’s got.
“The engineers are always talking about their ideas for the future,” he explains.
“We’re just sharing our ideas.
I think that’s great.”
The engineers are looking for designers and engineers from around the world, so they’re starting with the best minds in the business.
The design of Harvey’s house, a three-storey, steel structure made from 1,000-year-old hardwood logs, was inspired by the Japanese concept of jizo, or a house built with nothing more than logs and a sheet of wood.
This particular design has the log floor as a flat surface, while the log roof is suspended over it, allowing it to be easily moved around.
The engineers were inspired by a traditional Japanese house, where the log ceiling would hang from the roof, so the log would become a part of the building and could be easily lifted up to get to the top of the house.
The designers have also created a wooden stair case, which can be lifted and lowered by hand.
The house, which will be the tallest structure Harvey has built so far, will be one of his first projects as an engineer.
“It’s really a very small project, and it’s a very simple project,” Harvey tells New Scientist.
“But it’s really cool because I’m a really good builder and I’ve done a lot in my life and it was really cool to be able to do that.”
Building the house in one piece has required the engineering team to build two different prototypes, one with the log and one without.
Harvey says the log model will be much easier to build, and will be able give a better look at the design process, with the engineers looking to test the timber and the engineers testing the materials.
He’s also worried about the log floors, because they’re actually made of a thick layer of wood that’s easy to break, so he’s had to work hard to make sure the logs won’t damage the building.
“If the floor is too soft, it’ll be too easy to crack the floor,” he notes.
“In my case, we didn’t want to crack it.
But in the world of timber, the more you break it, the harder it is to come back.”
The final product is not quite finished, but the engineers are confident it’ll look good.
Harvey is a realist.
“At some point, this is going to be a reality,” he tells New Science.
“Eventually we’re going to have something that’s going to look as good as what we’ve got right now.
Harvey’s team is also keen to make a profit from the project, but he says he’s not worried about being a penny short of the money he needs to pay for the project in order to get it built. “
So I think we’re looking to build something that people are going to want to own and enjoy for a long time.”
Harvey’s team is also keen to make a profit from the project, but he says he’s not worried about being a penny short of the money he needs to pay for the project in order to get it built.
“What I’m really worried about is if I’m not successful and I’m just building for my own personal use, that’s a real possibility,” he warns.
“My biggest fear is that I’ll be a little bit broke.
I’ve been building a lot for myself.
I’d be like, “OK, I’m in the construction business, I can pay the bills.
And I could build for my friends and family.
“But Harvey has found the engineers’ enthusiasm, and says they’ve made it a priority to make it a successful project.
And while Harvey is excited to share”
These are not going to cost us anything, but they are going, ‘Thank you so much, I love it, I want to do this for the rest of my life’,” he says, “and I want them to do so.”
And while Harvey is excited to share