Modular Townhouse

 

Feasibility Study

 

 

In response to unresolved challenges of the housing and rental market crisis, the study is concerned with the development of a contemporary version of the nineteenth century low-rise terraced townhouse which allows for conversion into individual flats and shared houses. This tenure-blind typology traditionally resulted in neighbourhoods with an urban density and a rich mix of residents living side by side. With a limited amount of residents using the same front door, this design has the potential to achieve a good balance between interaction and anonymity. A readily available, more accessible contemporary version of this versatile typology could be easily adopted by self-building groups or small scale developers on various sites.

 

The ‘Modular Townhouse’ proposed complies with UK space standards and can accommodate Life Time Homes and wheelchair requirements. It is designed to meet demanding environmental targets, including Passivhaus. With its particular size and a standardised core layout, the townhouse accommodates a large variety of tenure types and layouts. The building and individual units are easily adaptable to cater for changing life circumstances. All flats are double aspect. The layouts of the larger house can be mirrored front to rear, depending on the desired views. A wheelchair lift can be retro-fitted in the hall, which has space allocated for this purpose. The house can be pre-fabricated or built using traditional building techniques. The architecture strikes a fine balance, being sympathetic to both old and new urban contexts.

 

 

Modular Townhouse

 

Feasibility Study

 

 

In response to unresolved challenges of the housing and rental market crisis, the study is concerned with the development of a contemporary version of the nineteenth century low-rise terraced townhouse which allows for conversion into individual flats and shared houses. This tenure-blind typology traditionally resulted in neighbourhoods with an urban density and a rich mix of residents living side by side. With a limited amount of residents using the same front door, this design has the potential to achieve a good balance between interaction and anonymity. A readily available, more accessible contemporary version of this versatile typology could be easily adopted by self-building groups or small scale developers on various sites.

 

The ‘Modular Townhouse’ proposed complies with UK space standards and can accommodate Life Time Homes and wheelchair requirements. It is designed to meet demanding environmental targets, including Passivhaus. With its particular size and a standardised core layout, the townhouse accommodates a large variety of tenure types and layouts. The building and individual units are easily adaptable to cater for changing life circumstances. All flats are double aspect. The layouts of the larger house can be mirrored front to rear, depending on the desired views. A wheelchair lift can be retro-fitted in the hall, which has space allocated for this purpose. The house can be pre-fabricated or built using traditional building techniques. The architecture strikes a fine balance, being sympathetic to both old and new urban contexts.

Pedestrian view

 
 

Pedestrian view

 
 

Top floor balcony

 
 

Top floor balcony

 
 

Adaptable tenure mix with consistent core layout

 
 

Adaptable tenure mix with consistent core layout

 
 

Small and large house

 
 

Small and large house

 
 

 
 

Four flats and two duplexes

 
Four flats (left) and two duplexes

Fit-out with four flats

 
 

Four flats and two duplexes

Small house with studios (left)
and family / shared house

 
 

Four flats and two duplexes

 
Combination of selected tenure options