One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

by , 07/25/14

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While One9 is made up of stacked modules, Hickory Group does not consider their building as modular architecture since they did not use a fixed module size. In keeping with their dedication to minimizing material and energy waste, Hickory adopted the Unitised Building System (UB), a time-saving prefabrication process developed by leading Australian architect Nonda Katsalidis. The apartment tower’s modern design shows off UB’s capability to produce complex architectural features, such as cantilevered terraces.

Related: The Stack: Manhattan’s First Modular Apartment Building Opens Its Doors to Renters

Although Hickory says that UB can be used to construct buildings as tall as 70 stories, the nine-story-tall One9 is currently the tallest building the firm has completed. The tower consists of 34 one and two bedroom apartments, each comprising natural timber flooring, high-grade carpeting, and full-length balconies. One9 also boasts a 6 star energy rating and proximity to sustainable transit amenities such as 34 secure bicycle parking spots and access to the car-sharing program GreenShareCar.

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Images via Hickory Group

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  1. Prahallad Badami July 27, 2014 at 11:20 am

    If there is a time lapse video of its construction, may be it will throw some light on the installation of floor levels.

  2. mevans567 July 26, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Interesting to see the stairwell/elevator core, it must have been the first thing to go atop the foundation.

    I wonder how this would do in an earthquake — from the final image, it looks like there are horizontal attachment points for bolting modules (i.e., individual apartments) to one another, and there must be vertical attachment points. How do shearing forces affect this type of construction vs. traditional construction?

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