"The Modules" is a five-story building with 72 student apartments serving Temple University in Philadelphia. Designed by Interface Studio Architects, the 70,000 SF building received the Architectural Excellence Award in Innovation from AIA Pennsylvania in 2011. The building also received a “LEED for Homes” certification. Click the photo for more information.
Built of 80 prefabricated boxes, the project is an example of off-site wood construction typically used for single-family houses being realized on a much larger scale.  It includes a green roof to meet Philadelphia’s stringent storm water requirements.
Viktoria Diskina, the project architect of the Modules, recently spoke to my graduate architecture class at Pratt - and explained that modular construction requires a great deal of design coordination. While the overall architecture, engineering and construction process was 10 months long - the prefabricated boxes were built within one month at a factory - including cabinetry, interior finishes and paint. The exterior skin was installed on site.
Templetown Realty acted as both developer and general contractor for the project. The total cost of the modular building came in at $119 per square foot.

"The Modules" is a five-story building with 72 student apartments serving Temple University in PhiladelphiaDesigned by Interface Studio Architects, the 70,000 SF building received the Architectural Excellence Award in Innovation from AIA Pennsylvania in 2011. The building also received a “LEED for Homes” certification. Click the photo for more information.

Built of 80 prefabricated boxes, the project is an example of off-site wood construction typically used for single-family houses being realized on a much larger scale.  It includes a green roof to meet Philadelphia’s stringent storm water requirements.

Viktoria Diskina, the project architect of the Modules, recently spoke to my graduate architecture class at Pratt - and explained that modular construction requires a great deal of design coordination. While the overall architecture, engineering and construction process was 10 months long - the prefabricated boxes were built within one month at a factory - including cabinetry, interior finishes and paint. The exterior skin was installed on site.

Templetown Realty acted as both developer and general contractor for the project. The total cost of the modular building came in at $119 per square foot.


"The Modules" is a five-story building with 72 student apartments serving Temple University in Philadelphia. Designed by Interface Studio Architects, the 70,000 SF building received the Architectural Excellence Award in Innovation from AIA Pennsylvania in 2011. The building also received a “LEED for Homes” certification. Click the photo for more information.
Built of 80 prefabricated boxes, the project is an example of off-site wood construction typically used for single-family houses being realized on a much larger scale.  It includes a green roof to meet Philadelphia’s stringent storm water requirements.
Viktoria Diskina, the project architect of the Modules, recently spoke to my graduate architecture class at Pratt - and explained that modular construction requires a great deal of design coordination. While the overall architecture, engineering and construction process was 10 months long - the prefabricated boxes were built within one month at a factory - including cabinetry, interior finishes and paint. The exterior skin was installed on site.
Templetown Realty acted as both developer and general contractor for the project. The total cost of the modular building came in at $119 per square foot.

"The Modules" is a five-story building with 72 student apartments serving Temple University in PhiladelphiaDesigned by Interface Studio Architects, the 70,000 SF building received the Architectural Excellence Award in Innovation from AIA Pennsylvania in 2011. The building also received a “LEED for Homes” certification. Click the photo for more information.

Built of 80 prefabricated boxes, the project is an example of off-site wood construction typically used for single-family houses being realized on a much larger scale.  It includes a green roof to meet Philadelphia’s stringent storm water requirements.

Viktoria Diskina, the project architect of the Modules, recently spoke to my graduate architecture class at Pratt - and explained that modular construction requires a great deal of design coordination. While the overall architecture, engineering and construction process was 10 months long - the prefabricated boxes were built within one month at a factory - including cabinetry, interior finishes and paint. The exterior skin was installed on site.

Templetown Realty acted as both developer and general contractor for the project. The total cost of the modular building came in at $119 per square foot.


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