Studio Vijf, Stellenbosch (2014)
62 stackable structural room modules
Design, manufacture, fit-out, deliver and stack 62 up-market student apartments. The 4 storey structure must be completed in under 6 months so that the accommodation is available at the start of an academic year for rental and sectional title sale.
Why was modular used?
The build programme could only be accomplished through the use of a structural apartment pod. Any other method that relied on slabs or even a structural steel frame with infill panels would not have enabled the building to be completed in time for the start of the academic year, which would have had a severe impact on the financial viability of the project.
62 apartments craned into position in 22 crane days
apartments were bolted together on site to create the structure
superior acoustic and fire specification
exposed structural steel galvanised and sprayed for superior quality
exterior facade and balconies complete in factory prior to delivery, limiting the need for scaffolding on site
ground floor apartments included feet for connection to foundations
third floor apartments included bolting connectors for roof elements
in-house finishing brands were utilised to extend value in the finishings
all cupboards, custom sprayed joinery and surinno worktops manufactured by Inside Group
factory finish included: data and electrical reticulation, plumbing, waterproofing, porcelain tiling, solid timber doors, double glazed PVC balcony doors, bulkheads, shadowlines and custom joinery, wallpapered walls and painted feature walls
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