Unlocking better urban living with Biome by EFFEKT Architects


The new housing product, Biome, represents a bold departure from traditional construction methods, combining CREE Buildings’ proven modular timber-hybrid building system with EFFEKT Architects’ bespoke design solutions. The result? A novel approach to personalized and planet-conscious urban living.

The pressing challenges of modern housing are well-documented: a lack of affordable options, inadequate indoor climate and a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to meet the diverse needs of residents.

These challenges are perpetuated by unsustainable construction practices and a disjointed approach to planning, where each building project starts from scratch instead of focusing on long-term partnerships and quality optimization over time.

“Modern housing is failing both people and planet. The bulk of residential development today is unsustainable, unaffordable, and arguably not very livable. We have partnered with CREE Buildings to develop a modular housing product that combines CREE Buildings’ proven timber-hybrid building system with designs that are tailored to suit individual housing demands and fit unique urban places,” says Sinus Lynge, Co-founder and Creative Director, EFFEKT.

“The modular and standardized yet highly customizable nature of our housing product challenges the notion of cookie-cutter solutions. Biome housing can adapt to diverse demographics and locations, fostering a sense of belonging and individuality.”

Biome seeks to address these urgent challenges faced by modern housing and the broader construction industry head-on. Rather than reinventing the wheel with each project, the partnership behind Biome leverages a consolidated building system, reducing risk, cost and construction time.

Biome grows with people and adapts to changing life patterns
Central to the Biome concept is its adaptability. From students and young couples to families and seniors, Biome’s flexible interior can be tailored to meet the unique needs of diverse demographics and changing lifestyles. For instance, residents can upgrade their homes over time with custom-made finishes, furniture and wall divisions.

Even though each project starts with the same range of CREE System components, their endless combination possibilities and design variations enable a wide range of apartment and building typologies suited to any site. Marking a departure from monotonous block structures, Biome projects can be tailored to fit into the local urban context.

Healthy building design principles such as eco-friendly materials, natural ventilation, plenty of natural daylight, proximity to nature and shared communal spaces enhance the quality of life for residents, but also contribute to the vibrancy of neighborhoods, creating welcoming environments that promote interaction.

Material banks rather than resource drains
Biome buildings are designed for longevity and disassembly, enabling easy maintenance and renovation throughout their lifetime as well as reusing and recycling of all core components. In other words, it is a real estate product that serves as a material bank and not as a resource drain.

Biome leverages CREE Buildings’ established local supply chains, manufacturing components in close proximity to each site to increase predictability whilst reducing the environmental footprint.

Global interest in environmentally conscious urban renewal
Already, Biome has garnered interest from developers around the world.

In the Dutch city of Groningen, the developer ABC Vastgoed has used the concept for a feasibility study as part of a shared vision for urban renewal in close collaboration with the CREE CREE License Partner Brüninghoff, while in Portugal, developers like Casais are eager to translate the Biome concept into reality for future residential projects:

CREE Partners will have access to Biome and will receive local design support from EFFEKT. This means that they can benefit from the expertise of both companies to create modular housing solutions that meet their specific needs. Source and images Courtesy of EFFEKT Architects.