Ukraine rebuilding: Speedstac prefabricated modular units, Canadian architect design images
Ukraine rebuilding: Speedstac prefabricated modular units
24 August 2022
This Canadian Architect Has Designed A Solution That Reimagines How Urban Areas in War-Torn Ukraine Can Be Rebuilt
Architecture: WZMH Architects, Toronto, Canada
Ukraine rebuild prefabricated modular units
As the war in Ukraine rages on, the cities across the country see massive destruction. In fact, according to the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, around 61M square meters of residential space or over 121,000 buildings have been either fully or partially destroyed.
And while 6 million people have already fled the country, millions more remain trapped in Ukraine and are in urgent need of aid with their cities.
With this pressing issue in mind, WZMH Architects and its research and development lab known as ‘sparkbird’ have teamed up with industry partners – Spring Valley Corp, Stephenson Engineering Ltd, Quasar Consulting Group and Argentum – to develop a new solution designed to restore the spaces of life and create communities that are fit for the future.
The result is an innovative prefabricated modular precast solution Speedstac for mid- to high-rise residential buildings that addresses the housing crisis in Ukraine and has a potential to reimagine the future of its cities:
- Made of “boxes” that are stacked together, side by side, on top of each other, these prefabricated modular units slide into the existing building and replace damaged sections with new residential units.
- The concrete modules are designedto significantly reduce applied finishes (i.e. gypsum board, carpet, tiles) and include a special ‘sandwich’ layer that eliminates the need for bulkheads.
- The solution resolves common acoustical and fire separation issues with high-strength concrete on all four sides of a unit, while addressing durability and lifecycle. It also features a unique component, a ‘special connector,’ which facilitates the process of stacking buildings together, speeds up the construction times and makes the Speedstac solution cost-effective.
- Having developed more than a dozen concepts and real world products, including the Intelligent Structural Panel, the Black Box(DC based smart building controllers), mySUN(microgrid in a box), Sunrider energy harvesting bike, WZMH and sparkbird will integrate its smart building technologies into new buildings to create more sustainable communities.
The concept has been endorsed by the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada, and WZMH – alongside a group of Ukrainian architects, who temporarily relocated to Canada and joined their team – will collaborate with the government authorities in Ukraine and Canada to bring the idea to life.
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Ukraine Architecture Designs – chronological list
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Kharkiv City Rebuilding
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Dnipro Metro Stations, Dnipro
Architecture: Zaha Hadid Architects
render © ATCHAIN
Dnipro Metro Station
Shelestm Vyshhorod, Kiev, Ukraine
Architects: YODEZEEN studio
image courtesy of architects practice
Shelest Restaurant, Vyshhorod Building
Silenza Boutique in Kiev
photo : Andrey Avdeenko
Silenza Boutique Kyiv Store
New School Building in Kiev
photography : Andrey Avdeenko
New School in Kiev
TSUM Department Store, Khreschatyk St, 38, Kiev
photo © Esta Holding
TSUM Department Store in Kiev
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