After having cleared the ground, a group of 5 people begins to set up the foundations on the parking. 5 different people dig the ground to install foundations on the slope, the shore and the mushroom wall. The rest of the students gathers the prefabricated elements for the protostructure and starts assembling them.
Approximately 1/4 of the students continues assembling protostructure parts. The rest starts installing it methodically on our site, meaning they start from the parking lot and move progressively towards the shore.
The protostructure is installed, we now build the different strengthening structures for the protostructure. Most of these elements are generally too large to be prefabricated at the EPFL, so they are mounted directly on our site. Half of the students assembles the prefabricated ones (approx. 20 people), while the rest (about 20 people) takes care of mounting. We can divide these people according to 4 key spaces of our house : the parking lot, the debate room, the theatre and the shore.
All of the structures holding up each room are installed. We now start building the different transition areas of the first level of our house, such as the stairs starting on the parking, and other transition parts on the slope. About 10 people install the pieces that were prefabricated, into the protostructure. The rest of students assembles the remaining pieces.
We begin to install taller elements, such as the ramp or the bleachers for instance. At the same time, parts located near the shore are built, for example the pieces made out of bricks and the floors are assembled. There would be about 7-8 people working on each area, while some would rest for a little.
This step is essential for the construction and requires a lot of precision and workers
too. For the assembly of the observatory 10 people are required, as well as for the balcony
above the debate room.
Finally, the “garden” group (approx. 5 people) sets up its plantations. A small group of 5 people installs the bleachers of the debate space and the covers to place above this space. The rest of the students begins to clean up the site. After everything is done, a small group organizes a small party to celebrate the end of the construction of our house!