Can it be the one-fits-all answer we've been waiting for?
The Teokarp conceptTeokarp is a modular building system designed to allow maximum building flexibility.
The main value proposition of Teokarp is the possibility to build in stages. All the modules share the same frame and design, therefore they can be repurposed. One can start with a 3x6 meters module and add modules over time until an entire house is built around the "core" module.
The Teokarp concept is owned by a limited liability Company called TEOKARP OÜ.
The concept has been invented and developed by Erik Sakkov (Manager and Marketing Specialist) and Ürjo Pähno (Designer and Constructor), both of Estonian nationality.
The product was officially launched on 16th October 2017.
Ürjo Pähno and Erik Sakkov sitting on a Teokarp frame, in Qhaus factory.
How does Teokarp work?
The basic building block of Teokarp is a 3x6 meter massive wooden frame (glue laminated timber). The frame is assembled with an innovative system of connections (patent pending) which makes it incredibly sturdy and fast to assemble.
Teokarp standard wall elements.
Working with Teokarp is like building things with the tiny plastic bricks we all loved when we were kids.
Teokarp one-floor single house.
Teokarp two-floors single house.
Teokarp three-levels hillside villa.
Teokarp one-module modern barns.
Teokarp Aurora Borealis cabins.
Teokarp church (real project!).
The most stunning examples of construction proposed by the Teokarp Team are the Church (image above) and the Aurora Borealis cabins.
Both solutions can be built with standard Teokarp modules and they are a perfect example of how flexible the system really is.
Besides the construction in stages and the architectural flexibility, Teokarp offers several other benefits:
1) rapid (and fun!) architectural planning;
2) nearly-zero design time;
3) quick manufacturing and delivery times;
4) easy relocation/repurposing;
5) affordable price (see more at the end of the article).
...this is basically everything one can expect from a modular system... can it be true???
Let's see these benefits one by one.
Rapid architectural planning
Templates can be found on the Teokarp website.
Paper model of Teokarp module.
An architectural concept made with paper Teokarp modules.
Another architectural concept made with paper Teokarp modules.
An architectural planning made of paper boxes is exactly the way Teokarp presented a kindergarten project to one Municipality in Estonia.
The project is currently under evaluation and it leverages the benefits at points (4) and (5) of the list above.
Nearly-zero design time
Example of dormitory building made of Teokarp modules - top view.
Example of dormitory building made of Teokarp modules - side view.
Example of dormitory building made of Teokarp modules - first-floor plan.
...that is a lot of modules for a single building... which brings us to the next point on the list of Teokarp benefits.
Quick manufacturing and delivery time
Since all components are pre-designed, wall elements can be pre-manufactured in stock and they can be made available at short notice. This allows for an unprecedented speed of implementation on large projects.
At the moment Teokarp modules are manufactured in Qhaus factory, nearby Tallinn.
Qhaus is well known for its willingness to accept challenges (like the upside-down house in Tartu) and supported TEOKARP OÜ in the creation of the first prototype.
Easy relocation and repurposing
Does Teokarp have any downside?
Since the entire system has been developed to be pre-designed and pre-manufactured, it is not possible to get modules with custom made shapes or measures.
This limits somehow the freedom of Architects that must stick to brick-like architectural solutions.
The exterior appearance of the house can be also be customized if necessary. Traditional wooden cladding or plaster can be added on-site by the Customer.
Roof made of trusses added on top of Teokarp prefab home.
How much does Teokarp cost?
Here is the information we got:
- Teokarp modules fully finished inside and outside with basic closing elements;
- interior finishes are in plywood (gypsum available at extra cost);
- the sum does not include transport.
We have been reassured that all these aspects have been taken into careful consideration in the development of the Teokarp system.
The current status of Teokarp
The system is fully ready and Teokarp modules can be ordered.
From a Marketing perspective, the Product is still in its infancy (detailed information are not available and there is no Press Kit or real image of the Product).
TEOKARP OÜ is about to build the first pilot projects.
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All images are courtesy of TEOKARP OÜ and cannot be replicated without permission.
TEOKARP OÜ owns the intellectual property of the Teokarp system. The system is patent pending. If interested to use building solutions similar to Teokarp, please contact TEOKARP OÜ.