Modular design: Will it suit the lifespan?

photo taken looking upwards on the corner of an apartment block showing two balconiesArchitectureAU e-magazine features an article on a cooperative housing development in Perth. This particular apartment complex design shows how modular design of various sizes can be stacked in different ways for variations on a theme. The University of Western Australia and WA LandCorp were part of the collaboration. The article talks of a “malleable concept” that “flexes according to individual needs”. However, they are likely talking about size rather than designing for the lifespan and ageing in place. Other aspects of liveability have been considered with communal facilities included in the development. Energy efficiency also gets the tick of approval. 

Editor’s note: With the trend to modular design, will this add more barriers to incorporating other liveability features such as those in the Livable Housing Design Guidelines?