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Designer: Jerry Liu and Jesse Basran
Modul is a sustainable, prefabricated, modular building typology that revitalizes suburban laneways by maximizing the functional flexibility of the detached garage space. Modul reinvents the garage, providing a compact multi-functional space for vehicle parking, storage, home office, and other stay-at-home activities; all while encouraging lane activation and interactions between neighbours. Modul uses a motorized lift system to enable numerous functions within a compact footprint and massing. With four unique modules that residents can combine according to individuals needs and lot sizes, Modul transforms suburban detached garages into highly individualized multi-functional spaces for families.
Modul incentivizes homeowners to be more environmentally responsible. The construction permit has been made available to EV owners only. Modul’s carbon footprint is low; many building components are recycled and prefabricated in local factories. This includes the walls, roof, integrated mechanical lift, furniture modules, and more. Reclaimed plywood is used for the interior finishes and recycled PVC pips are turned into beautiful plastic shingle cladding. The heavily insulated building envelope meets Passive House standards. Energy harvested via the solar roof is stored in batteries within the lift platforms, powering vehicles and functioning as a backup power source for the house.
Volvo XC40 Recharge Inspiration
Modul shares many of Volvo’s values such as sustainability, flexibility, and connectivity. Modul makes use of renewable energy and recycled building materials to reduce environmental impact. Inspired by the XC40 Recharge’s interior carpet, Modul’s cladding system is also made from recycled plastics. This cladding is available in eight colours, inspired by the paint options for the XC40 Recharge. Like the XC40 Recharge, the importance of ample and flexible storage space is reflected in Modul’s component-based storage system. Volvo’s focus on connectivity inspired Modul to activate the garage space, fostering a new sense of multi-functional community along the lane.