Recently, João Alves, Structural Associate, collaborated with Summary Architects to submit a research paper to the New London Architecture (NLA) group tackling the housing problem in London.
With the increasing population in the city centre, living costs increasing and space rapidly declining, new approaches need to be taken to allow attitudes in London to change towards modular housing.
João recommended the ‘Gomos’ system: a volumetric system, where the individual modules comprising innovative insulated precast concrete units are fully fitted-out, plumbed, insulated and cladded in a factory.
They are then transported to site and assembled into a variety of arrangements. This is a flexible, evolutionary and well-designed system that enables easy transportation and a fast-on-site assembly.
Designed originally to offer a solution to the housing crisis in Portugal, the Gomos system has huge potential in addressing London’s affordable housing shortage. This fully customisable modular scheme can be designed to dwellers’ needs, and with prefabrication happening off-site, embodied carbon is low.
João’s research is featured in the NLA Factory-made Housing Research and Exhibition in the NLA Galleries until January 2019.