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Meet the Revolutionaries in PreFab Housing Designs – Project Updates

February 7th, 2019 Comments off

 

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MHLivingNews and MHProNews have tracked several prefabricated, 3D Printing, and other housing innovations over the years. Unicorn Revolution Precrafted Properties are among them.

 

Industry professionals, informed public officials, advocates, and investors know that factory-home-building makes good sense on numerous levels.  But tracking and reporting on the results of some of these operations ought to inspire those in the U.S. and Canada to realize just how much potential there actually is in the various kinds of prefabricated construction.

So while our focus tends to be the routine drama associated with manufactured homes, it is good to look to modular, tiny, container, and other emerging forms of factory-built housing.  Properly understood, these ought to compliment each other, just as entry or mid-level cars don’t harm luxury brands and models.

Other reports we’ve previously done on Revolution Precrafted – or modular builders such as:

  • Amazon’s Alexa Fund supported Plant Prefab:

 

Details Emerging on Amazon’s Plans for Plant PreFab Modular Home Investment

  • Softbank supported billion dollar startup Katerra:

 

Billion Dollar Startup Modular Builder, Using Robotics, Could Soon Rival Clayton Homes’ Total Sales

 

Or there are others found in our 2018 year end summary report, found in the related resources, below the byline and notices.

Having set the table, let’s take a good look at what Revolution Precrafted provided in their news release to MHProNews today, on some of their latest projects. Keep in mind that while they started in Asia, they’ve got projects in various countries around the world.

These “revolutionary” professionals are thinking big.  They find a way. Disruptive Revolution Precrafted Properties have their eyes on the U.S. market too. Canadians?  Can you be far behind?

For news as well as inspiration, let’s turn to what they provided in their latest release.  These include project updates, ‘meet the designers’ profiles, and more.  After their release, we’ll wrap up with some closing thoughts.

 

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Revolution Flavorscapes unveil Model Homes

Revolution Precrafted, a global leader in branded prefab structures, and Central Country Estate Inc. (CCEI)  are set to unveil the model units for its $750 million Revolution Flavorscapes. Construction of the model units for ‘Cocoon’ and ‘Alcove” homes have started in December. Cocoon is expected to be completed at the end of January while the Alcove unit will be completed by mid-February. The fully staged units will be available for viewing by March 2019.

 

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Affordable homes designed by global boxing icon Manny Pacquiao are now available at the Revolution Flavorscapes project in Lakeshore Estate, Mexico, Pampanga. Around 200 units are now available for sale at the project for P1.9 million. 

 

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Lakeshore is offering 60 lots measuring 200 square meters. Lot owners can build their preferred home designs. They can also opt to build curated homes under the Revolution Precrafted design portfolio.

 

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The Concept of the Tranche House is innovative modularity, offering ultimate flexibility in terms of customizing your home to satisfy your current space and financial requirements. The Tranche House is a complete unit that can form part of a larger configuration if so desired, depending on owner’s preferences. Each unit represents a liveable module for a small family.

 

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It’s a series of 2-bedroom structures with an open living, dining, and kitchen layout. Not like your typical row-house design, this space-saving structure already has a single-car garage that can be converted into a lanai. The structure is made of insulated metal panels to keep the house insulated from heat. With the use of insulated metal panels, the heat stops at the exterior surface, thus keeping the inside of the house cool.

 

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Factory-built housing, not just manufactured homes, are underperforming in the U.S. and Canada. There are good reasons to ponder what Revolution Prefabricated and others are doing.  While it may seem like apples and oranges, there are nevertheless numerous useful lessons.

That’s this morning’s look at “News through the lens of manufactured homes, and factory-built housing,” © where “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

 

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Japanese Micro Modular Apartments 40 Years Old

September 25th, 2013 Comments off

A small group of architects in post-war Japan, trying to overcome problems that plagued traditional urban planning, created the Nakagin Capsule Tower, a building containing 140 modular unit capsules of just over 100 square feet each. It’s intent was to provide housing for businessmen who needed an urban home during the week. Originally designed in 1972 so the capsules would be replaced every 25 years, today half the modular units are offices, and the others function as inexpensive housing and weekend second homes. Photographer Noritaka Minami, who has documented the tower, says it was supposed to begin a trend of small living spaces but is the only building of its kind, and for good reason: The floorplan does not maximize space, and, “It’s extremely difficult to repair the plumbing and service lines, because of the design: there’s nothing like it,” says Minima. Another drawback is the porthole windows in each modular unit do not open, according to fastcoesixt.com. Minima visited the complex in 2010 during a heat wave, MHProNews understands, and in one of the units the air conditioning did not work. “It was like a sauna inside,” he says.

(Photo credit: fastcoexist.com/Noritaka Minami–Nakagin Capsule Tower)

Modern Modular Dwelling Straddles Rooftop

September 12th, 2013 Comments off

A modular dwelling which sits atop an eight-story building in downtown Hobart, Tasmania, Australia could be re-located in two years to a suburban area, a remote mountaintop or a beachfront. Created by Rosevear Architects and Tasmanian property developer Brett Torossi, each module is 10.5 feet wide X 22 feet long X 9.3 feet tall, and the units are connected by a continuous deck, as sourceable.net tells MHProNews. The creators goal is to produce a durable dwelling that can adapt to many situations at a reasonably low cost and still maintain good solar orientation.

(Photo credit: sourceable.net–modular dwelling on top of an eight-story building)

Modular Housing on Tap for Northern England

August 2nd, 2013 Comments off

Newham in northern United Kingdom has hired architects to develop the first 40 of 2,000 modular homes for public housing that will be rented for 80 percent of the market rate to the private sector over the next five years. “We were looking for a design that was modern and time efficient,” said John East, director of community infrastructure at Newham. “This is the first of four pilot projects we have planned in the next two years that will enable us to get off the ground.” The borough has identified 40 sites to place the homes but intends to buy more property, according to what bdonline.co.uk tells MHProNews. The first 40 modular homes will be ready for occupancy before the end of the year.

(Image credit: Andrea Klettner/bdonline.co.uk–modular housing in England)

Build your Home with a 3-D Printer?

July 18th, 2013 Comments off

In the forefront of the news recently has been the ability to make a handgun using 3-D printing technology. The next industrial revolution will be the advent of 3-D printing technology that will create everything from fine jewelry to body parts to large machinery to homes. Objects are constructed in layers by building from the ground up. While plastic is currently the main ingredient, chocolate, sand, metal, ceramics and sugar can also be used. Instead of shopping for shoes, you will make your own. Not only will it be able to create more intricate and exacting parts for industrial, technological and medical uses—with an intricacy not available with current machinery– but there is less waste to the process because it only uses what it needs. Human tissue will be duplicated by starting with a layer of cells that are then duplicated over and over, building up, until the organ is completed. A group of architects in Amsterdam have a very large 3-D printer, the KamerMaker, which prints Lego-like blocks from recycled plastic to form the building blocks for a house. According to what cnn.com tells MHProNews, the $777 million spent on 3-D printing in 2012 will increase to an $8.4 billion industry by 2025.

(Image credit: Inez Torre/CNN.com–making a toothbrush using 3-D printing)

 

Big Apple Sees Rise of First Modular Apartments

July 12th, 2013 Comments off

Near the tip of Manhattan Island in New York City is rising the Big Apple’s first modular residential structure, a seven-story apartment building of concrete and steel. The Stack, as builder Gluck+ Architects calls it, is being assembled at the rate of four modules a day. All 56 of the 45-foot modules are expected to be set by next week, with a projected October, 2013 completion of the interior finish work. Counting off-site building, the entire project will require ten months, six months less than on-site construction in this town called Inwood. As MHProNews has learned from fastcodesign, the modular units are assembled in a factory in Penn. and trucked to the site. “Normal construction is a nightmare,” say chief architect Peter Gluck. But in a factory situation, “You can easily supervise what’s being done, whereas in normal construction, that’s really hard to maintain.”

(Photo credit: fastcodesign–the Stack in New York City)

199 Unit Modular Building Breaks Up the Skyline Down Under

July 8th, 2013 Comments off

Sustainable design is woven into the Nicholson modular housing development in Coburg, Victoria, Australia. Combining 110 privately owned units with 89 affordable rental dwellings, the offset building height of the

stacked modules provides access to light and

views, and maximizes winter sun and cross ventilation. The greenery in the shared courtyard is fed by greywater cachement, and water for the modular units is heated by solar panels. The 33,500 square foot apartments sit atop 5,890 square feet of retail and commercial space, as MHProNews has learned from archdaily in southeastern Australia near Melbourne. Architects at Designinc designed the $88 million project.

(Photo credits: The Nicholson, top: Tony Miller/archdaily; bottom, Dianna Snape/archdaily)

Modular Homes Expanding into Korean Market

May 9th, 2013 Comments off

The industryandtechnologytimes informs MHProNews Japanese builder Kase Sogo will partner with S. Korea’s G. S. Architects & Associates to establish modular home builder Kase Co. in Korea. Model homes will be built near temples in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, although customization is also available. A Kase Co. official said, “Given the trend in Korea toward nuclear families and more convenience and efficiency in home building, we are certain the demand for modular homes will rise in the near future.”

(Photo credit: tektumdailymercury–Australia modular house)

Modular Affordable Homes for the Dutch

April 18th, 2013 Comments off

Wired tells MHProNews the Dutch city of Nijmegen is collaborating with over 20 architects to provide a range of 29 modular flat pack affordable homes for first-time homebuyers. Targeted to those with annual incomes of $40,000 to $60,000, the stylish designs are far better than the block homes that were built in the 1960’s as affordable housing. In addition to providing housing for low-income families, it also gives local architects work. The concept is modeled on another Dutch city, Almere, where people were given a plot of land to build on as they wished, resulting in a series of disjointed but individualistic structures. In Argentina, architects work with people who are going to live or work in the buildings they design.

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Conference will Target Modular Construction

February 27th, 2013 Comments off

As virtual-strategy tells MHProNews, the Modular Building Institute (MBI) and the Pratt Institute School of Architecture will co-host an all-day modular construction summit in Brooklyn, NY on May 16, 2013 at the Institute. As interest in modular techniques continues to rise, the gathering will debunk the myths and present the realities of offsite building. With high-profile architects and builders, the morning session will address multifamily modular construction, while the afternoon panel will discuss disaster relief and emergency housing. Open to the general public, attendees may also tour the factory of Capsys Corporation, which is building the ten-story My Micro NY project, a modular apartment building of mini-apartments set to open in 2015.

(Image credit: realestateweekly–Forest City Ratner modular apartments, Brooklyn,NY)