Creating homes that are environmentally sustainable, flexible, comfortable, and fast to construct and assemble is an essential requirement for many when choosing a new abode. Incorporating modularity and suitability for regional and rural landscapes ticks additional boxes.
Melbourne-based company Modscape has made modularity and environmentally performance an artform underpinned by sound architecturally design that features energy efficient systems and services, benign materials and finely tuned logistics and construction. Their homes embody noteworthy environmental performance measures without comprising exceptional design that meets and exceeds occupant expectations.
Considered thought to the physical expression ‘beautiful and functional’ modular homes that value design, innovation and sustainability, stands out in the work and language of Modscape. This is further extended by their attention to customer desire and site specific factors, including opportunities for passive design that maximises energy efficiency and overall user-comfort.
Modscape is a company where the brands plays out across their activities, buildings and values. There’s a strong sense of deep appreciation for the landscape in which their buildings sit, as well as how their multidisciplinary team operates to uphold the company’s brand values, including innovation, sustainability, quality, efficiency, design, customer service and teamwork, to name a few.
However, it is their method and approach to modularity that differentiates their status and what they create for clients. Their construction base in Brooklyn Victoria is the manufacturing nerve centre where the craft of producing high quality takes place. Indeed the process highlights the value of prefabrication being free of delays (or damage) resulting from adverse weather. And of course this helps meet client enthusiasm for fixed timeframes.
Sharply managed modular building and assembly also helps to touch the landscape lightly and minimise environmental impacts that are often directly associated with more conventional construction techniques.
Given the appeal of modular buildings in remote and sensitive landscapes, the environmental benefits of prefabricated structures can help minimise vegetation removal, stormwater management, erosion and related transport and logistics impacts.
During the design phase, Modscape have also incorporated the usual sustainability principles and features. Importantly a clear life-cycle approach seems to permeate their design process. Passive design capitalises on the site, orientation and sensible decisions related to double-glazed windows, openable skylights and insulation.
Similarly, the choice of materials is informed by health and wellbeing, reuse and paints and adhesives free of hazardous and toxic substances. These are widely accepted measures that central to the materials specification process at Modscape.
Design for modularity involves much more than simplistic, fast-paced prefabrication of portable buildings. To design, execute and ultimately enjoy the beauty of modular construction is to ensure commitment to precision, quality, sustainability and customer satisfaction. In this regard, Modscape appear to have created the template for high quality modular architecture in Australia.
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