So, what is modular architecture? We can define it as construction based on modules, elements that are equal to each other, together, can be used to form new structures. It has been with us for several years now, probably longer than you may appreciate and yet modular architecture still seems to be a rare advert in the world of architecture. The construction market has continued to move forward and to couple materials and procedures without stopping, making it difficult for a disruptive trend such as modular architecture to become firmly established.
However, many architects and large builders have worked and are working with this type of construction and it seems that little by little, its most characteristic advantages are beginning to permeate the general public.
Modular housing, although extremely popular in the US has been developed for many years and now it is becoming more “normal” and starting to be accepted in Europe. The introduction of multi-storey (high-rise) buildings are just now been developed and explored. Modular architecture still has all the benefits of traditional modular design. The movement of the modules, as they are independent designed allows the construction to begin in places where conventional construction would present greater complications.
This type of construction system allows for modifications and additions thus increasing the possibilities of customisation even with the work in advanced or finished phases. Fast construction, the fact that the modules are built independently makes it possible to speed up the construction procedure and work with shorter deadlines than on a traditional construction site.
I have personally been involved within modular construction for over three decades and have seen the development from site jackleg units to multi hire-rise buildings. I think the principle of modular architecture will become a more accepted process and design and will become part of the “construction industry” as a whole. but only time will tell!
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