Gomos #1 – concrete modular design inspired by sewer-pipe engineering

The Gomos System is the result of a business R&D project. It is a concrete modular system which presents an accurate and efficient answer to the contemporary need for simplifying and accelerating the building processes. It is an evolutionary system, in which each module leaves the factory completely ready, including all interior and exterior finishings, insulations, window frames, water and electricity installations and also fixed furniture pieces. The building assembly on site is done in a few days, just by joining these modules.

The main idea is derived from the construction systems of the ordinary sewer pipes. We took this existing system and re-designed it in order to make it habitable, keeping the efficiency and the stability of the canalization shells.

The building process can be summarized in four phases: structure production, cladding and hardware installation, transportation, and assembly.

From a technical point of view, there are four key factors that led to the development of this project:

Flexibility

Its design makes this a flexible system, which can be used for different programs besides housing while allowing further expansion of construction (by the introduction of new “Gomos”) or adaptations to different building site conditions;

Ease of transportation

The module was optimized in order to facilitate transportation, also ensuring dimensions that comply with all applicable legislation;

Energy Efficiency

The choices made in terms of the inner subdivision – that defines natural ventilation corridors – and in terms of insulation solutions and lighting, allow obtaining low-energy buildings;

Construction Quality

The production of all Gomos’ components is carried out in a factory environment, under highly controlled conditions, which results in previously tested solutions, avoiding construction problems often observed in traditional buildings.

With a total production time of three months in the factory and three days on the construction site, it is possible to erect this building six times faster than our country’s average building-rate, without compromising its structural and functional qualities. This house, built in Arouca, Portugal, demonstrates the essentials of this project: the important thing here is not only the final outcome but mainly the simplification and efficiency of the entire construction process.

This project got awarded with the Red Dot Design Award 2017.