The recent construction of Vonovia in Bochum proves that serial construction is also creative and individual. The team from KZA had creatively worked on a new concept. “We wanted to rethink housing construction with the aim of creating a high quality of living on less, optimized square meters,” explains Nina Bendler, responsible director at KZA. “We have integrated kitchenettes, smartly designed bathrooms and space-saving storage areas in the walls.” Serial production thus guarantees more favorable construction costs and, at the same time, faster construction time, which lasted only around three months in Bochum. It is above all the future users, who profit especially from this – by cheaper rents.
Unity architecture? Not at all. The Bochum prototype is structured in a lively manner, responds to the particular location and offers different floor plans with two, three or four rooms on each floor. The basic idea behind this is to work with prefabricated space modules on a small scale, and then react to the concrete location and the neighborhood in the overall architecture, the facade design and the building material selection. Each module measures 6.50 x 3.12 meter, is already factory-assembled with windows, doors, pipes and connection points for the later assembly and is delivered by truck. These modules are the heart and the living cells of the new buildings, whose external form changes individually from place to place.
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