Y:Cube is a conceptual approach to use Home Shell systems to create modular, single room, temporary accommodation for the YMCA
The Home Shell approach aims to meet the demand for low energy, affordable housing by championing factory-assembled residential modules—and the approach has been successful in a wide range of projects across the UK. Our job? Advising the Home Shell team in environmental design and engineering services as well as collaborating with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners on a modern means of construction approach.
Using our experience with BIM precision design and Passivhaus techniques, we’re optimising the energy efficiency of the modules and pushing the boundaries in new construction techniques to bring greater value and experiences to clients and occupants.
The Y:Cube units are one-bed, studio accommodations for single occupancy that arrive on site as self-contained units. Each unit is constructed in the factory with all the services already incorporated. Therefore, the water, heating and electricity can be easily connected to existing facilities or to other Y:Cubes already on site.
This plug and play approach results in a modular, demountable system of apartments that are perfectly designed for brownfield sites. Additional units can be added if needed, and whole developments can be taken apart and rebuilt in new locations. This modern method of construction makes for a neighbourly, clean, and quiet site.
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- Architect of Record
- Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
- 2016 Mayor of London’s Prize - New London Architecture
- Temporary Building Award - New London Architecture
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