The Scaffold


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The Scaffold

Alejandra Novelo and Khoa Vu

Reinventing the use of scaffolding structure, combined with in-filled lightweight prefabricated units to create temporary, rapidly deployable, high density housing with increased flow of natural ventilation and daylighting.

Conceptual Idea Only


1 resident / 1 bedroom

$1,815 / resident

Temporary (<6 months)

45 days offsite45 days onsite

Our design investigates a flexible architectural system using scaffolding structure and the in-filled lightweight prefabricated units. Our main design intent originated by the breakup of the typical transitional housing design layout, to allow for an increase flow of natural ventilation and daylighting. Consequently, the system of the design generates a certain flexibility that allows for the adaptation to different site conditions. Given the new broken layout, we subsequently generated community spaces that not only would maximize the site’s square footage’s potential, but it will also increase the quality of living for the users.

The material of the design lowers the cost by utilizing prefabricated modules and standard scaffolding construction. In the urban perspective, this architectural system, while maximize the living units, generates large shared spaces in between, which promotes a sense of community among the residents.

  • Quoted Total Cost: $1,815
  • Planned Occupancy (1 person/bed): 1 bed
  • Estimated Cost Per Bed: $1,815
  • Quote’s Total Interior Square Footage: 60 sqft
  • Quote Includes # Units: 1 unit
  • Used for Shelter Before: Yes, but only outside the U.S.
  • Readiness: Conceptual Idea Only
  • In Stock / Ready to Ship Today: No
  • Manufacturer Identified and Available: N/A
  • Setup Speed: <90 days
  • Setup Difficulty: Moderate (prefab assembly)
  • % Built Onsite: <10% – Arrives Ready, Almost All Built/Assembled Off-Site
  • Portability: Semi-Mobile (detachable, minor disassembly)
  • Intended Use of Shelter: Temporary (<6 months)

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