Last week, we shared a bit about the buzz surrounding sustainable architecture. This week, we’ll look at the concept of modular architecture, in which individual pieces are brought together in a way that allows individual components to be replaced as they experience wear and tear. It also generally takes on a sleek, modern aesthetic, as clean lines are necessary to allow the components to be as flexible as possible in both form and function.

Modular architecture is an ancient idea that likely appeared in Japanese homes, first. These homes were made of individual bamboo panels and the flooring was made of woven bamboo mats that could easily be removed for cleaning or replaced completely. While some may find that these modular solutions feel impermanent, others will find comfort in knowing that everyday wear-and-tear is easily alleviated.

On a larger scale, modular architecture means that there are components such as semi-permanent partitions and entire modules of space that can be rearranged depending on your specific needs at the time. In churches, this looks like the flexibility to expand and open space for large congregation events or even in emergency shelter situations.On the flip side, you can also easily create smaller spaces. This is especially useful for churches that use their space for after-school programs, job training, or small group worship. No matter what you need the space for, modular architecture allows you to create exactly what will work for you.

It can also include any outside buildings that can be moved onto the existing structure to expand the space. Building an extension on a trailer with a door that can connect to an existing door means that you will always have access to additional indoor space or outdoor space, based on your needs.

Vanman Architects and Builders are passionate about helping our clients create a space that works for them, not against them. We want your structure or building to be exactly what you need, when you need it. Contact us today to get started building your dream.