Gomos System Modular Prefab Reinforced Concrete Homes







Drawings, floor plans
About Gomos System
About SUMMARY

Architects: SUMMARY
Area: 998 m²
Location: Cambra Valley, Portugal
Year: 2019
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
Manufacturers: FTS - Technical Solutions, Farcimar
Project Team: Samuel Gonçalves, Inês Rodrigues, João Meira, Gonçalo Vaz de Carvalho
Building Structures And Networks: FTS - Technical Solutions
Electricity and Communications: Aproj
Pre Fabrication And Assembly: Farcimar, Precast Concrete Solutions




After making a prototype and exhibiting at the Venice Biennale, SUMMARY presents a new project, using exclusively prefabricated and modular construction systems. The requirements of this project were clear and were defined from the first moment: the construction would have to be fast, economical and modifiable over time, depending on the different needs that could arise. The content of this order led the studio to use prefabricated elements and to leave parts of the project undefined, assuming the speed of construction, flexibility and optimization of resources as central themes.

The two programs that make up the building are positioned on two different floors: the ground floor is occupied by multifunctional service areas, in direct contact with the public road; the upper floor is intended for housing units (six 45m² rooms). An independent access is created for each of these programs, positioned at different levels, taking advantage of the natural slope of the terrain. Prefabricated structural panels perimetrically delimit and support the ground floor, which was designed to allow changing the layout and number of the interior partition walls, or simply eliminating them, transforming this whole area into a large open space.

The upper floor is entirely composed of modules from the Gomos System. Considering that the maximum area to be built legally allowed was very limited, the required empty space is used as a separator of the various housing units. Conceived and licensed as a fraction of collective housing, with these separations, this part of the project incorporates the main advantages of single-family housing: clearly individualized entrances and a complete acoustic separation between the different units.

The prefabricated reinforced concrete, predominant in the structure and composition of the building, is assumed to be visible in all its extension (inside and outside), without paintings or coatings, a fact that contributes to the reduction of costs and the environmental impact of this construction, by the suppression of additional materials and labor inherent in its application. This economy of resources and workforce also results in an accelerated construction process: the different components of the building are completed in the factory and are assembled in site in their final shape and finish, while solving structural, insulation and cladding issues.


































Drawings, floor plans










Gomos System




The Gomos System is the result of a business R&D project and consists of a modular system in reinforced concrete that presents a concrete and effective response to the contemporary need to simplify and speed up construction processes. It is an evolutionary system in which each of the modules (or buds) leaves the factory completely ready, including all interior and exterior finishes, insulation, window frames, water and electricity installations and even fixed furniture pieces. The assembly of the building in loco is done in a few days, simply adding these modules. The construction process is thus summarized in four phases:

  1. production of the structure, 
  2. finishes and installations, 
  3. transport,
  4. assembly.

From a technical point of view, we highlight four essential factors that drove the development of this project:

Flexibility - its design makes this a flexible system, which can be used for different programs in addition to housing, allowing for extensions after construction (through the addition of new buds) or adaptations to different terrain conditions;

Ease of transport - the modeling has been optimized in order to facilitate transport, while ensuring a dimensioning that complies with all applicable legislation;

Energy efficiency - the options adopted, both in terms of interior compartmentalization - which defines natural ventilation corridors - and in terms of insulation, air-conditioning and lighting solutions, allow the obtainment of low energy consumption buildings;

Constructive quality - the production of all components is carried out in a factory environment, under highly controlled conditions, which translates into previously tested solutions, avoiding constructive pathologies so often seen in traditional construction.

The development of the project results from a partnership between twenty companies from different areas, from prefabrication to technology and industrial automation. In this case, the function of architecture is to make the synthesis, that is, to take advantage of the know-how of each company in order to enhance each characteristic of the system. The first unit, built in Arouca, Portugal, demonstrates the essentials of this project: here the important thing is not only the final result but above all the simplification and efficiency of the entire construction process.











About SUMMARY

SUMMARY is an architectural studio based in the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto.
Seeking the balance between pragmatism and experimentalism, SUMMARY develops building systems assuming the optimization of time and physical resources as the core theme of its practice.




Team

Samuel Gonçalves_architect | founder
Inês Vieira Rodrigues_architect | project manager
João Meira_architect
Luca Sabbadini_architect |VR programmer

Interns

Efterpi Spanelli, Gergana Georgieva, Valentin Lorfevre, Sara Perfetti, Adina Staicu, Borbála Papp, Clémentine Daridon-Le Brun, Giacomo Tacchi, Giulia Mazzoletti, Stelios Polyviou

Awards

2017 Red Dot Award – winner
2018 Serralves Itinerant Pavilion – among the 3 selected projects
2018 Yap Maxxi – shortlisted
2018 40 under 40 European Design Award – winner

Exhibitions

2016 La Biennale di Venezia – 15th International Architecture Exhibition (Italy)
2017 Red Dot Design Museum of Singapure
2018 Serralves Foundation – Work in Progress (Portugal)
2018 Maxxi National Museum of 21st Century Arts – Yap Maxxi (Italy)
2018 Mirabilia – Le Città Invisibili di Italo Calvino– Antilia Gallery, Bari (Italy)
2018 NLA – Factory-made housing: a solution for London?, NLA galleries, London (UK)
2019 MAM – Mês da Arquitetura da Maia – Fast Forward, Maia (Portugal)
2018 Curatorial Project: The Reasons Offsite – Tirana Architecture Week, POLIS University – Tirana (Albania)
2019 Curatorial Project: The Reasons Offsite – Boston Society of Architects/AIA – Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
2019 Projeto Curatorial – The Reasons Offsite – University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK)

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Gomos System Modular Prefab Reinforced Concrete Homes