Experimenting: construction site in Jesi

Jesi’s (AN) building site has given MOCA an opportunity for their first field testing.

It was decided to build some panels to be used as infill walls. This was made through the “quincha” technique of panel making, which is widespread across Peruvian construction.  

The panel type “quincha" uses a lightweight wood which intertwines river reeds, bamboo or wicker.

The performance demonstrated by the Peruvian construction technique allows full adherence with the finishing layers (plaster in raw earth), thus facilitating the sealing of the entire construction.
In addition, if coupled, the panels may contain different types of insulating material (dissolved straw, sheep wool...), thus characterizing the curtain wall (stratigraphy called "sandwich").

MOCA’s building system adopted the frame quincha, as the panels can be built by using locally available materials and have a low embodied energy.
The panels can be replaced with other types of prefabricated material too.

This is because flexibility and adaptability are two of the main characteristics the entire experiment strongly focuses on.

Creation of panels useful for infill walls

Jesi, Ancona

October 2013

Group Moca