Largest-ever modular Gomos building to be completed in just a few months

August 17, 2017 by  
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The future of construction looks to be pretty exciting, thanks to modular systems like Gomos Housing, which let you build adjustable structures in a matter of days. We first reported on the fabulous prefab system last year , and now the company just broke ground on its latest project, a large, multi-unit complex built in Portugal’s Vale de Cambra that will take just a few months to build, and can be adjusted in the future based on changing needs. The project aims to be a model of how communities can build affordable, quality housing quickly and efficiently without sacrificing on design. The Gomos modular system is the brain child of Portuguese architect Samuel Gonçalves of SUMMARY Architecture . Inspired by concrete drainage pipes, the system includes segments of concrete that can be configured in various shapes and volumes. Although modular constructions are nothing new, Goncalves’ particular system can be assembled in just three days, making it a perfect solution for urban design plans or even emergency housing . Related: Modular Gomos homes can be assembled in three days flat Although the appearance has been refined for the company’s biggest project to date, the system still provides a feasible housing solution that is economical, resilient and sustainable . Located just outside of Porto, in Vale de Cambra, the multi-house project is being built for a client on a tight schedule who was looking for a fast, cost-effective building that could also be changeable over time. Gomos’ prefabricated elements and modular system fit the bill and construction recently began on the 1,000-square-meter project. The two-story building will include housing units on the upper floor and multi-use spaces on the ground level. The building is comprised of prefabricated slabs and structural panels that support the two levels. The Gomos System modules were used to built out the top floor, a series of single units with individual entrances. The modular housing system , made out of concrete, also provides an acoustic protection between the individual units. The bottom floor space was created to be flexible thanks to removable panels with inner rails that allow for distribution of water and electricity systems. Thanks to these panels, the space can be made larger by removing compartments, or separated into individual rooms. This flexibility is not only convenient for future tenants, but increases the building’s overall value. Construction on the project broke ground recently and is slated to take just a few months to complete. + Gomos Housing Images via Gomos Housing System  

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Tiny futuristic plastic homes in France look like they’re from Mars

August 1, 2017 by  
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The tiny house movement is on the rise today, but architects have been crafting tiny mobile homes long before the trend was given a name. In a throwback to the retro tiny houses of the 1960s and early ‘70s, the sculpture park Friche de l’Escalette curated Utopie Plastic, an exhibition of stunning and sci fi-esque homes made of molded colorful plastics. Set against a stark post-industrial landscape south of Marseille, these prefabricated buildings set the groundwork for futuristic transportable homes from the UFO-like Futuro House to the “Bubble House” Bulle homes. Plastics revolutionized design, particularly in the 1960s and ‘70s when designers explored new possibilities offered by injection-molded plastics. Until the 1973 oil crisis pulled the brakes on the plastics boom, architects also took advantage of the malleability of plastics to craft modular housing with unusual shapes in bright, eye-catching colors. The season-long Utopie Plastic exhibition celebrates these organically shaped homes of a bygone era in an open-air gallery where visitors can sit and dine among the prefabricated structures. Perhaps the exhibition’s biggest draw is the Futuro House , a UFO-shaped house designed by Finnish architect Matti Suuronen, of which fewer than 100 were built during the ‘60s and ‘70s. The prefabricated home is elevated on steel legs and accessible via a folding staircase and hatch door. Two versions of Jean-Benjamin Maneval’s Bulle a Six Coques (“Bubble House”) are on display as well, one with its original interior fit-out and the other as an empty shell. Related: UFO-shaped Futuro prefab pod lands in London The low-lying orange boxy house is the Hexacube, designed by Georges Candilis as a mobile holiday home . Other futuristic and unusually shaped plastic furnishings, from Maurice Calka’s Boomerang Desk to Wendell Castle’s Baby Molar Chair, dot the landscape with bright pops of colors. The Utopie Plastic exhibition is on view by appointment from July 1 to October 1, 2017. + Friche de l’Escalette Via Architectural Digest Images via Galerie 54

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Solar-powered prefab homes for struggling millennials can be set up in a day

July 19, 2017 by  
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An increasing number of people in the United Kingdom make too much money to qualify for social housing, but struggle to afford high rent prices. Prefabricated homes manufactured at the Legal & General Leeds factory could meet housing needs for that group, largely millennials, and the first houses from the factory recently popped up in the London area. Called LaunchPod , the 280-square-foot homes were ordered by housing association RHP , and designed by architecture firm Wimshurst Pelleriti . They’ll be available to rent for less than the average cost of a nearby one-bedroom apartment. Legal & General is an insurance company which is now churning homes out of a new factory – at a rate of 3,500 flats and houses a year. Their modular homes arrive at a location nearly finished and can be set up in one day. The homes are energy efficient, made out of cross laminated timber (CLT), and can be built to Passivhaus standards. A kitchen, curtains, fitted carpet, bathroom, and even furniture can be part of the home arriving on site. Legal & General says they can manufacture homes from detached houses to apartments 20 stories high. Related: Six factories will supply the UK with 25,000 prefab houses every year RHP nabbed the first houses out of the factory for a site in Richmond, a town southwest of London. A LaunchPod makes creative use of space to sneak in features that would more commonly be found in a larger flat, according to Wimshurst Pelleriti. But they said RHP didn’t want to resort to space-saving gimmicks like fold-down beds. Instead, features like raised mezzanine beds hide storage beneath, and the height of the homes, which are taller than normal, make them feel spacious. A LaunchPod is equipped with a luxury kitchen and lounge, bedroom, bathroom, and veranda. They have underfloor heating and are solar-powered , so residents will only pay around $13 a year in electricity. Neither Legal & General nor RHP would say how much the units cost, according to The Guardian. But RHP did say the price is around 15 percent less than the £2,600 to £3,000 per square meter cost common to conventional homes in the area, suggesting a LaunchPod could cost around £60,000 to £70,000, or around $78,155 to $91,182. But these particular modular homes will be rented, and as opposed to the typical rent of a one-bedroom flat in the area, which is a little over $1,300, the LaunchPods will be rented for between $782 and $912 a month. + Wimshurst Pelleriti + RHP + Legal & General Via The Guardian Images via Andrew Holt/Wimshurst Pelleriti

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Plugin Tower is a new low-cost modular home with no foundation

December 7, 2016 by  
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Plugin Tower is a modular multi-story home in Shenzhen, China that circumvents strict planning approval for permanent structures by eliminating the need for foundations. Chinese multidisciplinary studio People’s Architecture Office (PAO) , known for their temporary architectural solutions, conceived the design as a low-cost alternative to current housing solutions that can be easily packed up and moved. Requiring no underground foundations, the design circumvents planning approvals and provides utmost flexibility to home-owners. Thanks to its modular nature, the house can also be expanded to include more units, which can be easily inserted into the three-dimensional steel frame . This also allows for endless variations in design and configuration. Related: Tricycle House and Garden Offer Off-Grid Living for China’s Landless The firm used their proprietary Plugin Panel system of modules , which incorporate insulation, wiring, plumbing, interior and exterior finishes. The prefabricated panels are attached with integrated locks and easily installed by a couple of unskilled workers using only a hex wrench. + People’s Architecture Office (PAO) Via Archdaily Photos by Hannah Wu / People’s Architecture Office

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Net-zero Arc House shows how arches make tiny spaces feel bigger

July 22, 2016 by  
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The Arc House comes in different sizes-from 400 to 500 square feet-and targets the next generation of home buyers who place great value on flexibility and affordability. It complies with California’s factory modular codes and features all the amenities of standard-sized homes. Self-sufficient and compact, the house integrates several sustainable design elements into a single package. Related: Tiny House Nation’s Zack Giffin will teach veterans to build their own homes An off-grid, solar-powered home with superior insulation and energy storage capability, the Arc House comes with a fully-functional kitchen and a bedroom with a walk-in closet. “With The Arc House, we’re demonstrating more efficient ways to build, but we’re also demonstrating that there is a market for smaller, sustainable and more functional housing,” said Jim Gregory, founder of Shelter Dynamics. They certainly have our attention. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JViso1CbPQk + Green Builder Media + Shelter Dynamics + Kitcheneering + Align3D Photos via Shelter Dynamics

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Hairy house stays cool in So Paulo with a palm fiber facade

July 22, 2016 by  
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This “hairy” house in Sao Paulo is covered in palm fiber to protect the interior from excessive sunlight. Brazilian brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana designed the house for Zunino and Solange Ricoy. The house takes cues from the country’s indigenous architecture and uses piassava palm fiber to regulate indoor temperatures and provide shelter from the tropical heat. The four-story house is located in Sao Paulo’s Jardim Paulista neighborhood. According to the architects, the structure was designed as “a vegetable that invades the house”. The interior continues the theme of organic materials , featuring leather and wood that brings warmth to the living spaces. The floor was built using reclaimed hardwood , while tall cacti and climbing figs cover parts of the exterior walls. A glass roof and terrace draw additional natural light into the volume of the house. Related: Gorgeous Green-Roofed Black Sheep House Looks Out to Sea “The house is very clean, so we created those elements to bring strong, organic emotion into the house and the facade,” said the architects. “We wanted to create something like a vegetable that goes from outside of the house to the inside.” + Campana Via Dezeen Photos by Leonardo Finotti

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Flexible Tetris House can expand and shrink thanks to a simple system of modular blocks

December 3, 2015 by  
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The Tetris House project aims to create maximum flexibility for developers building housing units. Elements can rotate of find their optimal position within specific configurations. Steel modular structure and Meccano-like facade allow the residents to add more space to their living spaces. Thanks to its versatility, the project can be licensed to developers who are looking to give their future residents the power of choice. Related: Tetris-Like Micro House Can be Stacked to Form Expanded Housing Suites The studio plans to realize the first project based on the Tetris House in the Netherlands . For this project, Dutch firm i29 joined the team as interior designers and have created designs which combine spatial efficiency and luxury. Universe Architecture are currently looking to expand production to different countries. + Tetris House + Universe Architecture + i29

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A green-roofed Hobbit home anyone can build in just 3 days

November 26, 2015 by  
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Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires

November 26, 2015 by  
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Dealing with a house fire is a nightmare scenario no matter where you live — but in the slums of South Africa, crowded conditions and open fires used for cooking can be a recipe for disaster. On New Year’s Day, 2013 , three fires ripped through Cape Town’s largest slum, Khayelitsha, displacing over 5,000 people. In the aftermath, a group of South African students came together to design an alert system that could stop future slum fires from raging out of control. Read the rest of Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires

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Affordable, colorful and humane housing for London’s homeless pop ups in just five months

September 9, 2015 by  
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