Modular is evolving and quickly becoming the preferred building method for architects looking to streamline design without sacrificing aesthetics. Many of today’s modular buildings are artfully designed, while using the latest green building technologies to minimize the impact on Mother Nature.
Construction Digital confirmed this trend in their recent issue, which included modular in its list of Emerging Architectural Trends of 2012. The article cites modular’s stackable capabilities, clean lines, and inherent eco-consciousness as key drivers behind the surge.
Architects are finding new ways to use modular. For the Fan Pier Marketing Center, a real estate sales office on the Boston waterfront, a polished wood exterior wall and extensive use of glass set the tone for a visually pleasing modular building.
The University of Washington turned to modular for a temporary dining pavilion in the middle of its campus. The result was a colorful, modern building that was completed in just 43 days.
Pulte Homes in Fairfax, VA needed a sales office they could move from one real estate development to the next. Modular delivered the mobility they needed in an elegantly appointed professional office.
The interiors of today’s modular buildings can combine striking contemporary design with functional workspace for business operations. High-end materials like granite, custom tile, hardwood flooring, and other finishes can be added to further enhance aesthetics.
The Acqualina Resort in Sunny Isles, Florida illustrates what modular can do. Inside this modular sales office, architects and interior designers created a replica of the neighboring luxury condominiums. Floor-to-ceiling windows, Fendi furnishings, marble counters and dark wood accents set this modular space apart.
Rock Wall Wine Company in Alameda, CA looked to modular for its tasting room and special event facility, complete with a geodesic dome with views of the San Francisco bay. Situated on a retired Naval base, the structure was not permitted to break ground to allow quick removal of the buildings in the event the base is reactivated. Rock Wall worked with local architects and ModSpace to use temporary modular buildings to create the ambiance one would expect from an upscale California winery.
Modular is the faster, more flexible building option. As you can see here, it can also be bold, even exciting for a range of applications.