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Future House 2018 – Modular House

FUTURE HOUSE is pleased to announce its third annual international design competition: Future House 2018 - Modular House. The competition is designed to challenge and seek the creation of a modular house with ideas and concepts in architectural design, as well as landscape design and site planning. The aim of this competition is to promote our ideas for space utilization, as well as focusing on awakening the perception of the building process, while simultaneously raising awareness of the sustainability.
This year’s competition focuses on modular house, an extraordinary architectural style with sectional prefabricated components. A typical modular house consists of multiple sections called modules, meanwhile "modular" is a method of construction differing from other methods of building. Those sections are made off-site (eg. in a factory), and then delivered and assembled onsite. This process can cut up to half the time required for a traditional build, but with a comparable lifespan to other buildings. With less time spent onsite, this means less damage to the environment. Entrants are challenged to conceive a new and original concept for modular house, however not strictly limited to the style of 'pre-fabricated structure'. A degree of flexibility and alternative choices are allowed, from 'private home' to 'social house', from 'mixed-use apartments' to 'student residences', provided it is backed up with adequate justification. The main philosophy of your submitted work is defined as “modular technology”.
We also encourage the creation of new living style which is not only limited for houses, but also can be like pavilions, structures, or landscape. Whoever you are students or professional architects, or experienced designers, working individually or in teams, we warmly welcome you to take participate in this competition. Winning participants will receive cash prize with certificate. The total prizes are $1,000, including $500 for the first place winner. Winning projects will be posted on the official website as a competition portfolio with exhibition launched.
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Competition Launch: 10 May 2018
Pre-Registration: 10 May 2018 – 10 June 2018
Early Bird Registration: 11 June 2018 – 30 June 2018
Standard Registration: 1 July 2018 – 31 July 2018
Last Minute Registration: 1 August2018 – 31 August 2018
Deadline for Questions: 31 August 2018
Submission Deadline: 31 August 2018
Jury Deliberation: 1 September 2018 – 31 October 2018
Announcement of Winners: 1 November2018
Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
Entrants may register as individuals or as a team consisting of maximum 5 members. All architecture, landscape, planning or design students, as well as professionals are eligible to participate in the competition. They may do so by filling the registration form and submitting it with the appropriate payment through the secure gateway (PayPal) on our website. The registration fee is:
$35 – Pre-Registration: 10 May 2018 – 10 June 2018
$45 – Early Bird Registration: 11 June 2018 – 30 June 2018
$55 – Standard Registration: 1 July 2018 – 31 July 2018
$65 – Last Minute Registration: 1 August2018 – 31 August 2018
Your Team Code will be sent by email within 72 hours after the registration and payment process. Remember that the code is unique and valid for each submitted entry. By registering the competition and submitting an entry, participants or participating teams will accept and agree with our Privacy Policy, Terms of Use and Conditions.
First Prize – $500 + Certificate + Portfolio Publication
Second Prize – $300 + Certificate + Portfolio Publication
Third Prize – $200 + Certificate + Portfolio Publication
10 Honorable Mentions to be published on the official website
In case you still have questions related to the briefs and the competition, please send them to with “FAQ” subject until the Deadline for Questions 31 August 2018. All queries regarding registration process, fees or payment should be sent on the same email address with ‘ENQUIRY’ subject.
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The modular Open House lets you live in one home, forever

Today, almost a third of U.S. households are households of one, but the housing stock still reflects social values of the last century: Most homes are built for a married couple with children—the idealized nuclear family—yet these households now make up only 20 percent of families, down from 43 percent in 1950. While affluent singles may chose to live in a two- or three-bedroom house, lower-income individuals, or those who live in cities with white-hot housing markets, often have no choice but to co-house with others. An exhibition at Washington, D.C.'s National Building Museum responds to the changing American family and presents a compelling alternative: a home that can be rearranged for every stage of life. That model apartment, officially known as The Open House, is the centerpiece of Making Room: Housing for a Changing America. At slightly less than 1,000 square feet, it's less than 40 percent of the size of the average newly-built U.S. home, but the unit feels spacious nonetheless, thanks to movable walls, retractable furniture, and clever built-ins. Last week, crews changed the apartment over from its three-bedroom setup (single people living together as roommates) to a multigenerational house where a mother, her children, and an elderly relative in a semi-private room can all live under the same roof. "We wanted to promote a diverse set of housing options," explained Jessica Katz, the executive director of Citizens Housing Planning Council (CHPC), a New York–based nonprofit that studies housing issues and collaborated with the National Building Museum on the exhibition. The flexibility trickles down to the everyday, too. In the kitchen, the extended countertop can be lowered to table height with the push of a button, or lowered further for a wheelchair user to prep dinner. All the spaces are ADA-accessible, tricked out with Miele appliances and Ernest Rust cabinets that are opened with a soft touch. One wall over, the parent's bed, a Resource Furniture Tango Sofa system, pulls up into the wall Murphy bed–style, leaving a couch and living room setup for daytime relaxation. A bunk bed in the children's room, surrounded by built in cabinets for toy storage and a wall-mounted desk, does the same. Adjacent to the kitchen is the grandparent's bedroom, which functions as a small studio that can be closed off from the rest of the house for a more private retreat. Space-saving furnishings abound: A Giro Console Table folds out from the entertainment wall to become a narrow counter, and unfurls again to become a kitchen. A second bathroom, accessed from the studio and the kitchen, is wheelchair accessible. The dividers between all of the flexible spaces are the same moveable acoustic panels that segment conference rooms in convention centers, so the parent, for example, could host a sit-down dinner in her kitchen while the grandparent and the child in the household are asleep. The Open House was designed by Italian architect Pierluigi Colombo and kitted out with donations from Resource Furniture, AJ Madison, Ceramics of Italy, Duravit, Ernest Rust, Hansgrohe, AXOR, and others (a full resource list can be found here). Colombo also designed the original Open House, which debuted in New York in 2013. In many cities, building codes have a long way to go to catch up to the future of housing, however. The Open House was built up to NYC building code for "six different projects," Katz said, so the team could re-arrange the rooms without incurring code violations if the house were built outside of museum walls. Instead of the costly, weeks-long renovation that usually accompanies a major interior renovation, it only takes museum workers around 22 hours to change the house over for each phase of the exhibition. If the idea of a modular forever home seems far-fetched, Making Room's final gallery includes examples of non-traditional housing across the United States that bridge the divide between concept and practice while honoring local zoning codes. There's high-end ones like the Choy House, O’Neill Rose Architects' private home for three generations in a part of Flushing, Queens that's zoned for single-family houses, as well as more accessible options like Las Abuelitas Kinship Housing—a Poster Frost Mirto–designed community for grandparents and the children under their care in Tuscon, Arizona, pictured below. The hope, explained National Building Museum Curator Chrysanthe Broikos, is that these projects meet the needs of non-traditional families while demonstrating the need for residential zoning reform through quality design. For those planning a visit, the Open House is on view through September 18. It has one more iteration to go through, though: In late May, the house will enter its sunset years, transforming from a multigen space into one for an older couple, with a studio apartment to rent out to a tenant or live-in caretaker. Right now, visitors can take a virtual walkthrough of the apartment's current configuration, and more information on the exhibition can be found here.
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It’s now too expensive to build local for New York’s modular construction industry

Thanks to high rents, New York City is losing one of its longtime modular construction companies at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. And the news could send ripples through the city's prefab construction scene. Capsys, a pre-fab builder founded in 1996, was paying $4 per square foot for its space in the Navy Yard, far below what other tenants were paying. The going rent, $20 per square foot, for manufacturing space at the Navy Yard is already set below market to retain firms that would otherwise not be able to afford to do business in the city. Upon learning in 2010 that their longterm lease was not being renewed, Capsys went hunting for new space. The advantage of local prefab construction is cost and quality control. Building are constructed at the factory by (usually) nonunion workers. Architects can check in on the projects, correcting any flaws before the pieces are shipped. Although rents are lower in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, being based locally cuts down on expensive overland shipping costs. Recently, though, new regulations require modular units to have an (expensive) police escort when the units are ferried to construction sites. For almost ten years, Capsys was the only modular builder in the Navy Yard until Forest City Ratner moved its operations there. With new owners of Forest City's Pacific Park, it looks like Forest City's modular building operations may close, though this could be due less to rising rents and more to design issues that incur costs. The shortcomings of Pacific Park's B2, the SHoP Architects–designed world's tallest modular tower, have been widely documented. Capsys has designed 55 micro-apartments for Carmel Place (the building formerly known as adAPT NYC), and Alexander Gorlin's Nehemiah townhouses, among other projects. When the company closes shop, Capsys will sell its intellectual property to a Pennsylvania company.
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Video> Richard Rogers Builds a Prefabricated Multi-Level House In 24 Hours

With modular homes on the rise, it seems to be time to bid farewell to long months and even years of construction and salute fast-paced, pre-fabricated systems arriving across the globe. At the Royal Academy in London as part of the Inside Out exhibition, Richard Rogers’ firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has introduced an innovative, environmentally efficient, three-and-a-half story home called the Homeshell. It is meant to inspire discussion about affordable mass housing. The flat-packed home on display contains individually installed windows and boasts a low environmental impact. Colorful facade materials enliven the closed timber frame system. Above: Construction crews raise the building from scratch to fill the courtyard in minutes, piece by piece. Constructed of Insulshell—a malleable, cost- and energy-efficient building system developed by Sheffield Insulated Group and Cox Bench—the Homeshell arrives as flat-pack panels on a single truck and takes a mere 24 hours to construct on site using tilt-up construction techniques. Within the structure, visitors can watch a time-lapse film of the  construction and learn how the building system fits together. The Homeshell is open to the public until September 8, and then the installation will be disassembled and recreated in Mitcham, where it will serve as the showhouse for the YMCA South West Y:Cube Housing project’s potential tenants, designed by RSHP. According to RSHP senior partner Ivan Harbour, the Homeshell “delivers generous space, exceptional insulation, daylight and acoustics. We believe it holds many answers for well-designed and sustainable urban living and could change the way we think about our housing into the future. Having it at the Royal Academy will provoke debate about how architectural innovation might help us meet the UK’s housing needs—for everyone.”
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Unveiled> Philippe Starck and Riko Design Series of Pre-Fab Homes

[beforeafter]starck_prefab_03a starck_prefab_03b[/beforeafter]   World-renowned designer Philippe Starck has earned yet another feather for his cap in a recent collaboration with Riko, a European manufacturer of sustainable wooden buildings. Stemming from a drive to develop industrially manufactured homes that fulfill housing needs across the globe, the pair created P.A.T.H. (Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes), a line of 34 turnkey homes merging timeless design, advanced technology, functionality, and sustainability. P.A.T.H. can be customized from layout and interior finishes to distinctive facades and roofing. [beforeafter]starck_prefab_02a starck_prefab_02b[/beforeafter]   Each P.A.T.H. model is characterized by Starck’s signature design, yet homeowners choose each aspect to create their unique spaces. The pre-fab homes provide a range of housing models that vary in size, number of rooms, levels and floor plans. A configurator allows homeowners to browse and select their preferred models. In the early planning stage, all details of the home are meticulously engineered and rendered. Then, bulky building elements such as walls and roof structures are prefabricated, filled with insulation and finished with closing panels in a strictly controlled fabrication facility. The prefabrication system shrinks the amount of time necessary for on-site assembly, which takes several weeks following the completion of the initial infrastructure and foundation. Two months are necessary for electrical and mechanical installations and to outfit the home with the selected finishes. Total time from start to finish is six months. The most sophisticated sustainable construction engineering has been utilized in developing P.A.T.H.  Only high-quality, environmentally friendly materials are used throughout the production and building process. Wood has been selected as the system’s main building material since it is natural and renewable, giving the homes zero-energy or even positive-energy potential. [beforeafter]starck_prefab_01b starck_prefab_01a[/beforeafter]
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Flock Houses Land in New York’s Public Spaces

“What if mobile, self-sufficient living units were the building blocks for future cities?” asked New York artist Mary Mattingly. She explored this question in her Flock House Project, experimenting with migratory living solutions through fantastical inhabitable installation art. The project is going on throughout the city this summer. Mattingly’s series of four “Houses” have been traveling around the five boroughs since June. Individually titled the Microsphere, Terrapod, Chromasphere, and Cacoon, they are now on display at the Bronx Museum, Snug Harbor, the Maiden Lane Exhibition Space, and Omi Sculpture Park in Ghent, NY. In response to an era of increasing environmental, political, and economic instability in which one seventh of the world’s population—that’s one billion people—is continuously “on the move,” the Flock Houses offer a new mobile framework through which urban dwellers can experience these issues. These small structures provide minimal amenities for the artists who have chosen to inhabit them for two-week spans, emphasizing an alternate system for urban flexibility and decentralization. Up to two participants sleep in hammocks, while a combination of solar and bicycle power, along with levers and cranks, power the dwellings. Container gardening is utilized to demonstrate the possibilities of ultra-small-scale self-sufficiency, and water is collected from rain run-off. The structures were built collaboratively through a “gift culture,” using reclaimed materials and construction site leftovers. They are also modular, and can be snapped together to from a flock, or tagged onto the side of an existing structure to feed of of its utilities. Together, these methods reflect the combination of autonomy and community interdependence that is at the heart of the Flock House Project. The project offers workshops, events, and narrated cell phone tours. To find out more about visiting the Flock Houses, check out their website.
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MEKA Goes Modular with West Village Eco-Home

On the corner of Washington and Charles streets in Greenwich Village, a modular home has been plopped down in a vacant parking lot. It may seem an unlikely sight—or site for that matter—but what distinguishes this home from most of its tony neighbors is its eye-catching price tag: $35,000. MEKA Modular Homes founder Michael de Jong came up with the idea of offering inexpensive yet smartly designed units via the Internet, and engaged Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous of Toronto-based Studio (n-1) to create them. Another partner, Stephen Do, oversees the manufacturing in Ningbo, China. The units are built utilizing standard shipping containers, and several original features are maintained once horizontal cedar strips are faceted onto the exterior, including industrial doors and a few ship-metal gray accents. Elsewhere, bamboo covers the interior floors, walls, and ceiling. Brushed stainless steel meets tangerine cabinets, and natural light floods the 320-square-foot space through a floor-to-ceiling window that opens onto a collapsible deck. The homes arrive on site 95 percent complete. It’s possible to configure the units in any number of ways, creating courtyards, cantilevering one on top of another, or expanding them up to 1,920 square feet. As the entire container is utilized, the structure can withstand hurricane-strength winds. The reuse of shipping containers remains part of a long-running trend, but the firm hopes to distinguish itself by streamlining the process, keeping costs down and the design standards high. “All the owner needs is a screwdriver and a hammer,” Marcopoulous said during a tour of the show unit yesterday, which is open for public perusal through mid-December. He allowed that an electrician and plumber would be advisable to bring the unit onto the grid, as well as to hook up kitchen appliances, like a stove and refrigerator, which are not included in the price. Solar power and water-retention options are available to those who want to remain off the grid. The entire installation should take no more than five days. Asked if the low cost could hold makings of Levittown sprawl without the planning, Marcopoulous responded that owners still need local building permits. “I don’t think we’d cause a huge problem in the Midwest. Even if a lot of these were assembled, I think it would make a great neighborhood,” he said. Interest has been swift, with the first two units sold before yesterday’s opening. A few may even be moving in next door: Marcopoulous said that artist Julian Schnabel is considering hoisting a couple of them atop his nearby palazzo.