DIRTT's answer to folding walls
Innovation, flexibility and sustainability have always been at DIRTT’s core. From our revolutionary design and manufacturing software to our interior construction solutions, everything we develop and build must meet these three core requirements.
Our clients wanted a folding wall that would add flexibility and adaptability to their space, and we listened. Leaf™ is our solution to the folding wall problem.
Leaf in action
The Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is an international organization that focuses on alleviating poverty across the globe. As a not-for-profit, they need spaces that can suit their needs and adapt to change without breaking the bank. When looking to build their Waterloo, Ontario office they came to DIRTT with some unique requirements.
They needed multiple meeting rooms, a full-size boardroom and a presentation area in their new office, but didn’t have the space to build them all. Sounds like a problem, right? Not with Leaf.
The answer lied in a series of three Leaf walls all connecting at a single post. It’s an ingenious design that effectively turned their boardroom into the ultra-flexible space they dreamed of. Depending on how it’s configured, their space can function as a full-size private boardroom, two private meeting rooms or even a wide-open client hosting space.
Being able to do more with less gives MEDA the ability to make a positive impact on our world without blowing their budget. It’s exactly the kind of efficiency that every not-for-profit dreams of.
This is Leaf
At first look, Leaf looks and functions just like any other DIRTT wall. It’s tailored to perfectly fit within your space, integrate and adapt to your technology needs, and look good while doing it! While a traditional accordion wall does its job separating spaces, it’s not exactly winning any beauty contests. But when Leaf is in its closed position, you’d never know you were looking at a folding wall, and that’s exactly the point.
Leaf looks just like any other DIRTT wall because it is any other DIRTT wall. Leaf is built using typical DIRTT wall frames and panels. This means you can repurpose existing walls using a simple kit that converts a solid wall into a Leaf wall. All you need to add is a structural support system, which DIRTT can help design and install.
When designing the Leaf system, our Product Development team knew it had to hold true to DIRTT’s DNA of building adaptive environments. It needed to be non-generational, just like all of DIRTT’s solutions. It needed to be more than just a space divider. It had to liberate and elevate the entire space that surrounds it. Leaf was first launched in the spring of 2017. It took our skunkworks team nearly a year to develop Leaf, and we think it was worth every second.
A sustainable solution
Like all DIRTT solutions, Leaf walls are non-generational. Any DIRTT wall has the ability to become a Leaf wall, regardless of when it was built. Imagine you have a DIRTT space and want to add flexibility. Instead of having to order brand-new DIRTT, we can work with you to convert your existing investment into a Leaf wall. This saves you money because you repurpose what you already own. And it saves the planet because we don’t need to dispose of your perfectly good solutions and build new ones.
The effortless flexibility that Leaf can give to a space is really powerful.Patrick Harris, DIRTT Product Development
This goes the other way as well. If you incorporate Leaf into your new space and decide later on that it would work better as a regular DIRTT wall, it can be simply converted into a fixed wall in hours. This flexibility ensures your space will always be prepared for what’s to come.
Keeping your space limber
Businesses are fluid, and the needs of tomorrow can look much different than they do today. Leaf isn’t just an accessory; it turns your space into a powerful tool. Think of it like a swiss army knife: no matter the situation, Leaf is going to be able to help you adapt. The only thing that's certain, is change. Leaf walls were designed to help embrace change and make the most out of it.
Soon, Leaf will have the ability to integrate power, technology and accessories. This means your Leaf wall will become an even more functional part of your space and be impervious to changes down the road, just like any other DIRTT wall.
How could Leaf benefit your space?
DIRTT Environmental Solutions uses its 3D software to create prefabricated interiors. Each space is tailored to our clients' needs. Manufacturing facilities are located in Phoenix, Savannah and Calgary. DIRTT works with nearly 100 Partners throughout North America, the Middle East and Asia. DIRTT trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DRT".