Prototypes of Prefabricated Houses
Alejandro Aravena  ELEMENTAL 

Prototypes of Prefabricated Houses

Alejandro Aravena  ELEMENTAL 

Industrialization plays a key role in contemporary construction and can offer solutions to housing issues because it provides huge benefits in terms of build time and quality. Since 2008, Elemental has devoted part of its research to several housing prototypes based on prefabrication systems.

The first one of them, the Milan House, is a transformation of a previous type in order to adapt it to prefab modules to be presented at the Milan Triennale. Building with concrete panels meant a considerable improvement in the finishes, using fewer construction elements, and obtaining a more efficient assembly process. Immediacy was also the reason for the construction of the second model, the Tecnopanel House, because it was used to build emergency shelters after the 2010 earthquake in Chile. Furthermore, the prefabricated materials are designed to be entirely reused in the reconstruction of the cities. The Aqueduct House, for its part, is a project that uses the installation channels as paths to develop row housing. Lastly, the E House provides a basic infrastructure core in two levels, with bathroom and stairs, that guarantees physical support, fire protection, and acoustic insulation.

Obra Work

Prototipo de 2 viviendas para la Trienal de Milán (2008)

Two-dwelling prototype for the Milan Triennale (2008)

Cliente Client

La Triennale di Milano

Arquitectos Architects


Consultores Consultants

DLC Progettazione e Tecnologie per le Costruzioni (ingeniería estructural structural engineering)

Contratista Contractor

MC Prefabbricati

Superficies Areas

Apartamento inicial initial apartment: 18.6 m²; apartamento ampliado extended apartment: 63 m²; dúplex inicial initial duplex: 26 m²; dúplex ampliado extended duplex: 72 m²

Presupuesto Budget

15,000 €

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