This concept remains in process right now.
I was looking to develop a modular unit on the basis of 24' minimum module, increasing in from 32 - 40'. The modulars are based on a 4' grid system (one of my favourites).
The thoughts applicable to this concept are:
won't develop for infill housing scenarios easily since the aesthetic/modular aspect is not in keeping with "standard" residential thoughts.
modular construction allows for off-site pre-fabrication with only assembly required after shipping.
Standard residential construction will have to be augmented by steel structure to facilitate rigidity during transportation.
Concept scheme could be modified to incorporate mixed-use functions including professional office components and retail/convenience outlets. This modification would be beneficial if additional housing units are constructed nearby to serve SIAST etc.
Minimum modular area = 768 sf (one bedroom)
Maximum modular area = 1,024 sf (32'x32') (two bedrooms)
Additional increase to 32' x 40' would create a 1,280 sf / three bedroom suite
Units would be ganged and staggered to allow opportunities for exterior areas.
Staggered layout reduces the composite massing of the assembly.
Exposure of exterior walls creates complications with assembly for thermal and vapour control
lots of exterior wall exposure reduces the energy efficiency aspects.
Exterior access would require lots of stair areas for individual units.
Radial site plan for pedestrian circulation only. Housing units are planned in rectilinear layout (direct n/s or e/w orientation)
Round elements (Aboriginal influence) incorporated into site layout
Overall massing may be a bit daunting but I'm sure the talents on our team could alleviate this with more thought.
Hmmmm, I had thought of other things but they escape me right now.
The table below takes you to the elements of the drawing.
|Detail Button||Detail No.||Detail Name||Detail Description||Additional Comments|
|---||Overall Drawing||Full drawing for reference purposes||This drawing is just the compilation of the images below for quick reference|
|---||Concept Development||Intial bubbles / conceptual thoughts related to the scheme||Item includes mixed use opportunities. Areas identified/thought of for mixed use could easily be changed to large residential units.|
|---||P-3 Site||Initial development of site assembly for modular units||Shows how the ganged units will form a large massing element. keeps the radial pedestrian path between established anchors (Site elements carried through all three concepts)|
|---||P-3 View||Three dimension view of assembly from South-West corner||illustrates from placement and variations in the assembly of units.|
|---||P-3-1||Modular assemblies||three dimensional assembly of modular units. Illustrates the almost unlimited opportunities for various assemblies.|
|---||P-3-2||Three dimension view of assembly from North-East corner||further review of the assemblies and potential for layout.|
|---||P-3-3||Modular assemblies||three dimensional assembly of modular units. Illustrates the almost unlimited opportunities for various assemblies.|
|---||P-3-4||Alternate assembly||A massing study of the alternate assembly which reduces the image of the "pod" units in a more coherent, solid mass. Hmmmm, not sure of the intensity presented by this scheme.|