DROP housing prototypes are a result of a research program integrated our team, SHO ARQ, MODULTEC (manufacturer), BOMAImpasa (structural design) and Atres80 (MEP design) for the development of expandable industrialized housing units based on passive house models. DROP is a series of adaptive low-cost/high performance prototypes that intend to be an alternative to the brick-based/high cost/low performance plague that has colonized the Iberic territory in the last decades as well as a solution for single units construction in remote territories where traditional construction is not a reasonable option. DROP technology emerges from our conviction that it is now the moment for a real industrial revolution on the construction miscalled industry and searches to maximize program flexibility and growth potential and minimize energy waste and ecological footprint in the low density residential areas.
CAP is a research project developed with MODULTEC that explores the potential of 3d modular industrialized construction to assume geometric variations from the by default transport format while keeping transport efficiency.
The research takes the day care health centre type developed by the catalan health department as a case study and sets a range of hypothesis to test geometric variation from the by default special transport box constraints. Those hypothesis intend to cover a wide range of casuistry: from adaptation to non regular boundaries to reconfiguration of the patios layout in order to increase circulation alternatives and affect external and internal shape while keeping always the same ratio program/transport units.
The results of that research prove that geometric versatility of MODULTEC 3d modular construction system depends mainly on design ability and very often typological and urban regulation constraints are imply bigger geometric restrictions that construction system.
Toni Montes, Vasileios Ntovros and Modultec technical department