4L arq improves social housing with transportable modules
4L arq improves social housing with transportable modules 4L arq improves social housing with transportable modules
jan 13, 2014

4L arq improves social housing with transportable modules

4L arq improves social housing with transportable modules
all images courtesy of 4L arquitectura




conceived as a modular base, argentinian studio 4L arquitectura has designed an adaptable structure that can easily accommodate for future growth. the brief was to improve the short-term housing deficit for a vulnerable group of single mothers in the city of cutral co in argentina. the design process involved its future occupants in each step of the way, making key decisions based on participant interaction and incorporating their specific living requirements. a user manual was also completed and is given to inhabitants after moving in, explaining the most economical and simple way to expand their homes.



modules were transported 100km from the factory to the final location



high levels of internal comfort and durability were achieved through incorporated technology principles. the use of an industrialized construction system of prefabricated concrete panels, ‘pre-mold‘ allows for considerable energy savings required for heating. consisting of thermal and acoustic barriers, it also helps the structure to withstand adverse weather conditions found at the site. the modules were built in a factory and then transported 100km to their final location.



image © matias lastra



placement at the final site



interior-exterior view



view of the interior space



inserted at the final location at cutral co, argentina



overview of the site



exterior view showing the main entrance






a pre-mold construction system was employed






floor plan



digital images by 4L arq



project info:


designers: 4l arq
construction system: pre-mold
location: cutral có, neuquén, argentina.
unit area: 30 sqm
design team: eduardo lastra, julian lastra, maria cristina rodriguez, paula araya, matias lastra.
structural consultant: horacio mac donell
work time: 90 days
unit cost: US $15.000



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  • i like these kind of projects so much because they atteend strong social needs with very practical and not complex architecural solutions. congratulations

    marcos says:
  • Could have application in typhoon ravaged areas in the Philippines.

    nelsondreyes architect says:
  • Wow! Great design and at the right price. With designs like this, there should be no homeless people anywhere in any city in the world.

    Jim says:

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