Kleihues Betonbauteile

Flexible modular concrete buildings

The precast plant Kleihues Betonbauteile located in Embüren in the Lower Rhine area of Germany responded to the refugee and housing crisis with its Flexraum system. The ­system, based on the motto “Creating flexible space,” enables construction of mobile modular dwelling units, which are now needed in many areas of Germany and beyond. As explained by Kleihues, these buildings, assembled from precast elements and fully furnished if required, can be highly flexibly adapted to given requirements and local conditions, thanks to their modular construction.

The system was developed under the premise that both planning and implementation of the construction projects be kept as simple as possible. It therefore functions based on the modular design principle: planners can group the modules for the bath, kitchen, common room, bedrooms and living space as they wish. They determine what and how much space is needed – whether small, medium or large dwelling units, with up to two stories. The modules of any desired dimensions can be designed “in line” or also “angular,” with the result that accommodations assembled from modules can readily be adjusted to the respective topography. There are no standard formats, according to Kleihues: every customer request is processed individually and made to order. In this way, dwelling units with single bedrooms, common rooms or household rooms, for example, can be flexibly configured.

“It is essential that the configuration desired by the customers is integrated in production planning at as early a stage as possible,” stressed Dipl.-Ing. Paul Martin Grosskopff from the company Kleihues Betonbauteile. “Taking into consideration the local conditions, we try to harmonize the often greatly diverging requirements of planners, clients and contractors, already in the development phase, to ensure that customized solutions are also manufactured economically.

Related articles:

Issue 2016-08 Gisoton

Standard house as refugee accommodation

Wilfried Haut has meanwhile received inquiries from colleagues from all parts of the German state of Baden-Württemberg. They would like to find out how he is helping local authorities to accommodate...

Issue 2017-05

Methods and devices for modular construction

(10) WO 2017/048725 Al (22) 13.09.2016 (43) 23.03.2017 (57) A 3-dimensional modular construction system using only two, generally U-shaped prefabricated room size modules is used to form scalable,...

Issue 2016-12 Weckenmann

Low-cost housing: ample living space for little money

The need for affordable living space is great worldwide, especially in cities and densely populated areas. This, on the one hand, is due to population growth. In many countries, on the other hand,...

Issue 2019-02 Innovative modular construction with smart concrete

Solid.box - innovative concrete-made housing modules

In Germany, much too little is being constructed. According to calculations by the Cologne Institute for Economic Research (IW), at least 310,000 dwelling units annually would have to be constructed...


Underground containers made of recycled concrete

An underground container is a bin installed below ground level with an aboveground opening for collecting waste or recyclable materials. It offers well-known advantages: underground containers require...