Usually, when we think of prefabricated or modular houses, the image of not too big houses comes to mind. This idea must already be categorically discarded from our imaginary, while more and more examples show that this type of construction does not have to be of small dimensions. In fact, professionals in the sector have managed to develop large and comfortable homes, to avoid that its occupants have to give up any kind of comfort, among them, space.
Now, the commitment to develop the best prefabricated housing projects has not stopped and the architects are not satisfied with building single-family houses, however beautiful and large they may be.
Quite the contrary, the winds blow in another direction: the construction of imposing skyscrapers many meters high. And in this task you will find Bouygues Bâtiment International, a construction company that, in collaboration with its Dragages Singapore modular construction laboratory, has built the Clement Canopy, a complex consisting of two towering towers 140 meters high made of precast concrete modules.
All this following a design that is the work of the studio ADDP Architects. With this pharaonic work is overcome the record for the world‘s tallest modular tower, which until now corresponded to a 135-meter tower built in Croydon, England, whose authorship corresponds to Tide Construction.
Its 140 meters high are divided into 40 floors housing 505 luxury residential apartments in the heart of a residential and student district in Singapore. Almost 1,900 modules have been used in its construction, with the characteristic that most of its components were manufactured in other places from which they were moved to assemble them at the point of construction. The whole set supposes a total surface of approximately 46,000 m2. There is no doubt that the development of the project was a real challenge from the aesthetic and technical point of view.
The manufacture of the precast modules was divided into two different phases. The first took place in Senai, Malaysia, where the module structures were prefabricated. The second was developed Tuas, in the west of Singapore, where technical and architectural works were carried out, such as plumbing, electricity, mosaic, painting and waterproofing. The modules were transported to the site and stacked according to very strict planning to shape the structure.
Beyond the innovations launched for construction, the Clement Canopy stands out for many other features. Its location is one of them, since the promoters chose a privileged place in the city, in the Clement neighborhood, from which the project takes its name.
But, in addition, Clement Canopy has fantastic facilities for the enjoyment of those who will reside there. Among other spaces, Features a gym, three lap pools, tennis courts, wellness spaces, a children’s play area, a steakhouse, and a clubhouse. To make it more attractive, the complex is surrounded by water and vegetation. Clement Canopy units are decorated with marble floors and rooms are spacious.
With examples like this, it is clear that prefabricated and modular homes still have a lot to offer, so who knows, perhaps they will become the foundation of future architecture. If this is true, and it is with these luxuries and comforts, we will certainly not miss the homes of conventional construction.