DIRTT prototype sustainably transforms systems into foldable walls

by Brianna Crandall — March 8, 2017 — DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a technology-enabled designer, manufacturer and installer of fully customized, prefabricated interiors, recently unveiled an innovation that can transform new and existing DIRTT interior wall systems into collapsible, foldable walls.

It is named Leaf and was developed by DIRTT co-founder and product development vice president Geoff Gosling and his team. While foldable walls are nothing new, Leaf breaks new ground in that it can be retrofitted onto any DIRTT environment ever created, thereby protecting clients’ existing investments, explains the company.

Gosling stated:

Leaf allows us to look at the nature of change in an incredibly dynamic and sustainable fashion. DIRTT is fundamentally about building adaptive environments, and Leaf is an extension of that. It’s for those people and environments that want nimble change in seconds. It’s a bizarre thing to be able to do, taking existing installations and allowing them to become foldable environments.

Leaf, currently in prototype phase, works with any DIRTT wall structure created by the company, allowing clients to retrofit their existing installations if they want the ability to quickly change a space. It is essentially a behavior or mechanism that can be used on new builds to create collapsible, foldable walls in addition to working perfectly with existing DIRTT walls clients have already installed.

Canada-based DIRTT Environmental Solutions (Doing it Right This Time) uses its proprietary 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefabricated interiors for customers in the corporate, government, education and healthcare sectors.