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WAN’s modular housing round up, London, United Kingdom

Friday 24 Feb 2017

Can modular homes fill the gap?

WAN’s modular housing round up by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom
WAN’s modular housing round up by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom WAN’s modular housing round up by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom WAN’s modular housing round up by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom WAN’s modular housing round up by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom WAN’s modular housing round up by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom WAN’s modular housing round up by WAN Editorial in London, United Kingdom
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28/06/17 Kevin Eber, Boulder, CO
Here in Denver, Colorado, we have iUnit:

A round up of the most interesting modular housing schemes that have recently been featured on WAN 

As housing shortages mount globally governments are increasingly turning to modular housing to plug the gap between rising demand and a shortage of supply. 

WAN has reported on a wide range of modular solutions recently. Here’s our round up of some of the best schemes…

In October WAN reported on KODA which is a free-standing concrete house with a design and structure that allows it to be assembled and disassembled many times over in a multitude of locations. This unique concrete home has been developed by Kodasema as a prototype for an innovative mobile house. The small prefabricated unit is designed to allow residents to relocate in less than a day.

A solution that doesn’t require additional land, the ZEDpod is an affordable starter home, which clusters to create a pop up village. It just needs the air rights over existing parking lots and has the potential for no net annual energy bills. The Pod is built with high energy efficient performance standards, exceeding building regulations, and benefitting occupants with a home that has inherently low running costs.

In London Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in partnership with Lewisham Council recently created a short term solution to house homeless families. Described as the “UK’s first pop-up village” the scheme utilises purpose built containers which are stacked up to form 24 homes and 880 sq m of business space.

Situated on the edge of The River Seine in Paris, France, Stéphane Malka architecture have designed a housing solution which works with existing buildings. Named ‘3box’, housing units are suspended and raised in between two buildings on a corner plot. The modular structures are rectangular in shape and subtly highlight the contrast between old and new.

Urban Splash and shedkm are now offering customers architect-designed homes along the canal in New Islington, Manchester, UK. This bespoke development gives buyers the power to choose the layout of their home. Made from volumetric timber pods that are delivered to site with minimal disruption to neighbours. The benefits of building homes in this manner is that all standards and tolerances can be monitored in a factory-controlled environment, meaning the houses are warm and incredibly energy efficient, as well as flexible to plan and adapt.

In October 2015 New London Architecture (NLA), the capital’s built environment think-tank, revealed the ten ideas that have been selected from an international ideas competition to help solve the London housing shortage.

In another development, housing decision-makers across the UK can explore the affordable, energy-efficient, quick to build volumetric housing solutions brought to market by Üserhuus AG and Tigh Grian Ltd at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.

Each unit is built, fully serviced, fitted out and decorated practically ready for occupation upon leaving the factory, when it is transported via lorry to be laid on pre-prepared foundations. With EPC B ratings, each unit is fully insulated and heated using a whole house mechanical heat recovery ventilation system, with wall-mounted electric panel heaters.

Finally, last September YMCA, the world’s oldest and largest youth charity opened its first Y:Cube development; an off-site manufactured housing project for single people in housing need, designed by renowned architecture practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

As pressure on available space continues to mount across the globe modular schemes will continue to be popular as a low cost, high density solution to the world’s housing issues…

World Architecture News are holding a Housing Symposium on May 23rd in Central London.

Experts will debate the Perfect Storm of conditions on the near horizon, which could provide a unique, once-in-a-lifetime climate for delivering a record number of housing units to the London boroughs. Follow the link to book your place...

Nick Myall

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