PREFABULOUS LONDON, a Building Centre Trust exhibition opening at New London Architecture on 26 January 2006, will explore how a new wave of modern house types is making living in a box desirable. With demand for new homes in the capital standing at an additional 32,000 per year, Prefabulous London will showcase the modules, pods and panels that are transforming perceptions of factory-built living.
From pre-assembled, fully-fitted, transport-ready house modules to flat-pack kit homes from well-known retailers such as the German Hufhaus, modern methods of construction are increasingly being applied by developers to create contemporary, affordable and sustainable homes. The exhibition will show how existing London housing projects from the pioneering Murray Grove to futuristic new concepts of compact-living can remove the stigma surrounding traditional prefabs.
Starting with ‘A for Affordability’ through ‘M for Modular’ to ‘Z for Zero defects’, Prefabulous London will examine the implications of these innovative methods of housing construction and component manufacture. More industrialised systems of housing production are increasingly being accepted as a necessary solution to our urgent need for urban low-cost housing. Through partnerships between manufacturers, architects and housing associations, new methods of construction can maximise design, finishes and performance to reflect higher consumer expectations and greater demands for energy efficiency.
From demountable homes providing temporary low cost housing to liftable, individual roof-top extension modules solving problematic access, the applications of off-site construction are broad and have the ability to tackle many issues of modern city living. With space for new homes in the capital in short supply, and energy efficiency increasingly setting the agenda, modern methods of construction have the potential to make factory-built homes a desirable reality.
Prefabulous London will be accompanied by a seminar and lecture series, bringing together professionals from the architecture, construction and manufacturing industries with the public, to encourage debate on the future of modern housing in the city.
Notes to editors
New London Architecture (NLA) at the Building Centre is an exhibition centre dedicated to the future of the built environment in London that is open to the public free of charge 6 days a week. The capital is undergoing a period of massive change and NLA is a place where everyone - professionals, politicians and the public- can find out and get involved in what is happening to the city.
NLA has over 2000 visitors a week to the public exhibitions, events, talks and lectures that are organised to encourage constant debate, learning and networking across the profession and local communities.
The Building Centre Trust is an educational charity providing cultural and educational activities in the built environment.
Prefabulous Homes is a joint initiative between The Housing Forum, Design for Homes and The Building Centre Trust.
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