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.
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.
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