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Brief Published: 30 Nov 2012

Quick-Build Modular Homes, Spain


Spanish architectural company CSO Arquitectura and construction specialist Torsan have collaborated to create a prefabricated modular housing system that can be created – from initial design to completion of construction – in less than three weeks.

Dubbed SAVMS (Sistema Abierto de Viviendas Modulares Sostenibles, which translates as Open Sustainable Modular Housing System), the concept has been designed for maximum flexibility – allowing customers to modify the configuration of their homes to suit their personal tastes and needs. 

Once the design and layout has been chosen from a choice of ten standard units, detailed architectural drawings are created within a week. A steel frame structure and panelling is then constructed in three days and preassembled off site. Finally, a week is spent constructing the house on site. 

Exterior façades can be created from a choice of porcelain, wood, corrugated steel and VIROC (cement-bonded particle boards). These materials can also be mixed and matched to suit the customer’s personal requirements. 

Costs can be kept in check with the prefab model, while also keeping material waste to a minimum – reducing the ecological footprint of building new homes. Other sustainable features include an option to accommodate rainwater collection and solar heating systems. 

The cost of the houses start at €700 (£567) per square metre for the basic model and additional charges are based on the choice of finishings and extras.

For further examples of quick build, prefabricated architecture, see The World’s Tallest Prefab and Prime Time for Prefabs.

CSO Arquitectura