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Botschi Vargas flexes its modular muscle

Botschi Vargas Architects has designed this highly flexible prototype project for a Danish community centre. The structure is designed to suit a variety of sites, acting as a focal point for local cultural, sporting and social activities, and is conceived as a module which can be used in isolation, in pairs, or in groups depending on the size of facility required.

This building is created by a modular, inclined diamond-like structure, formed of steel members bridged by two-direction prefabricated timber ribs. The upper deck can be suspended and/or supported by the main structural members, and acts as a tie to limit the spread of the inclined elements - the scheme can also incorporate a concrete slab to act as a stiff horizontal diaphragm.

Prefabricated nodes connect the various members and allow future modules to be added if there is demand for additional space.Foundation work is simplified by low-level ties which reduce lateral thrust at the base of the structure.

The structure can be clad in timber, glass, teflon, metal panels or a proprietary cladding system to suit the location.

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