Toronto firm’s ‘box’ architecture hopes to rescue Ukraine’s war-torn housing

August 31, 2022

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A rendering of the prefabricated, modular building blocks – Part 2 Photo courtesy WZMH Architects
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A rendering of the prefabricated, modular building blocks – Part 1 Photo courtesy WZMH Architects

Toronto-based WZMH Architects[3] has collaborated with industry partners to devise a solution based on prefabricated modular precast units to replace damaged sections of existing mid- to high-rise residential buildings in war-impacted Ukraine.

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Prefabricated modular units will slide into the existing building and replace damaged sections with new residential units Photo courtesy WZMH Architects

According to Statista[5], as of Aug. 8, the damage to housing from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, based on publicly available evidence, reached an estimate of $47.8 billion USD. Data from the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada suggests the war has either partially or fully destroyed around 61,000,000 m2 (656,600,000 sf) of residential space and over 121,000 buildings. This has left millions affected by the loss of housing and in need of a solution.
Canadian firms Spring Valley Corp, Stephenson Engineering Ltd., Quasar Consulting Group and Argentum are other partners on this project led by WZMH Architects’ research and development lab, sparkbird[6],

The main features of the prefabricated units are outlined below:

The concept has gained approval from the Embassy of Ukraine in Canada. WZMH, alongside a group of Ukrainian architects presently in Canada, will collaborate with the government authorities in Ukraine and Canada to bring the idea to reality.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/AA_UkraineHousing_2.jpg
  2. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/AA_UkraineHousing.jpg
  3. WZMH Architects: https://www.wzmh.com/
  4. [Image]: https://www.constructioncanada.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/AA_UkraineHousing_3.jpg
  5. Statista: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1303344/ukraine-infrastructure-war-damage/
  6. sparkbird: https://www.wzmh.com/sparkbird/about

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