grimshaw has launched a modular, zero-carbon housing model, which uses prefabricated panels to allow for a high degree of customization. named ‘atelio’, the environmentally-conscious concept employs cutting edge technology and recycled materials. the model enables homeowners, developers, and investors to create an affordable living environment that can be expanded to suit the needs of its owner. while a singular modular house can be built, the system is designed to work as part of a broader community.

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the modular, zero-carbon housing model uses prefabricated panels
image © atelio (also main image)

 

 

developed by a team consisting of grimshaw, SAM architects, manufacturer tufeco and the carbon free group, ‘atelio’ was unveiled with a prototype installation at the build show for UK construction week. the system provides a diverse set of configurations using prefabricated panels connected along a grid-like system. a discreet central service column passes through the heart of each house, joining subterranean heat and storage systems to the floor underfoot.

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a grid-like construction method allows for a high degree of customization
image © atelio

 

 

the composite material used to create the system is engineered from recycled materials, while built-in renewable energy systems ensure that each building is rated ‘zero energy’. the product is produced through a fast, automated manufacturing process, which results in an engineered quality controlled product. the dynamic digital control of realization — directly from a BIM model to the production line — means that the current time for ‘printing’ an average house is five hours. the shell of a house can be erected within four days, while the fit-out can be completed and ready for occupation within 21 days.

grimshaw atelio modular housing
the system is designed to work as part of a broader community
image © atelio

 

 

grimshaw associate principal, paolo vimercati explains, ‘the atelio vision empowers a new way of community living, and our methodology reflects a fresh approach to earth-friendly living. we have developed a landscape driven planning concept that encourages a community spirit through engagement with the environment.’

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built-in renewable energy systems ensure that each building is rated ‘zero energy’
image © atelio

 

 

melanie schubert, partner at SAM architects adds, ‘atelio brings a new concept to the housing market with a modern customizable design for everyone. the houses and apartments focus on natural daylight with large floor to ceiling windows, rooms with dual aspect focused on a connection to nature. atelio provides houses and apartments which don’t just meet the minimum standards.’

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a prototype installation was presented during UK construction week
image © grimshaw

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a network of units can be added to over time
image © grimshaw

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models indicate the numerous different configurations
image © grimshaw

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