With Klik, Australian companies Elenberg Fraser and Unitised Building have come up with a prefabricated modular building system they claim is equally suited to knocking up a quick skyscraper as it is a modern, designer house. It makes sense, then, that the product is pitched at developers, architects and would-be homeowners alike, and that the multiple choice procurement procedure is identical for each. If you can tick a box, you can design a Klik building, more or less.
Unfortunately, no amount of prefab wizardry can simplify the oft-frustrating, sometimes harrowing process of gaining planning permission, but it's after this stage that the designers of Klik reckon that their product simplifies designing, procuring and building a house, hotel or residential skyscraper. Any sort of building designed for living in is on the table, all being assembled from the same simple selection of prefab building blocks. Unit dimensions have been based on standard measurements for floor tiles and wall panels in order to keep waste cut-offs to a minimum.
The process more or less eliminates the traditional design stage of a construction project, at least as the term design is usually meant. Instead, there are four stages to speccing your building. The first is to specify the type and shape of your building, be it a linear mid-rise apartment block, a square or L-shaped skyscraper, or a C- or H-shaped house (or any permutation thereof, obviously). Next you specify the types of apartment you'd like within. There are 15 different layouts of one-, two- and three-bed apartments. Next you select your interior finish from two color schemes and three degrees of opulence. Finally you select your face paint from linear glass, expressed glass or external sunshade facades (or a mixture, if you'd prefer).
Klik's designers claim that the system allows prices to be fixed at an early stage of the process. Not only should construction time be significantly reduced, the finished product should require much less quality control, thanks to the majority of checks having already taken place in the factory.
Though we understand Klik is already available, Gizmag is attempting to find out pricing and geographical availability.