According to the UN, by the end of 2060. around 230 billion m2 of buildings will have to be built to satisfy the demand of our growing population. On top of that, our current construction system is not efficient enough. It is slow, generates a lot of waste, and creates very permanent structures as it doesn’t allow the change of the function over time. This leads to constant building demolitions. Among other reasons such as physical conditions, area development, fire damage, and many others, around 22% of the buildings get demolished because they are simply not suitable for the needs of their inhabitants.


This project explores the possibility of adaptive reuse of our building heritage to create new, resilient, occupant-influenced structures using modular timber construction systems as the main material moving the whole production in the “on-site factory”.

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MODU(Lumber) is a project of IAAC, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia developed in the Master in Advanced Architecture 2020/21 by:

Student: Ines Cavar

Faculty: Tamara Streefland and Nico Schouten