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Project development: Develop real estate and cities in partnership

Cities need good, fast, inexpensive and flexible solutions for the future. We are your partner when it comes to the quick implementation of real estate projects. With our solutions, you can complete a building just one year after the start of the project. And do so with the highest level of quality. We also offer services as part of a so-called Service development. Participation in our project developments and urban development measures within the framework of a joint venture or a project-related collaboration are always possible.

Living in a small space: on a big scale

The average micro-apartment has a size of approx. 20 – 30 m². That makes them perfect for single households, commuters, students and trainees.
Living in a small space is a steadily increasing trend. In times of consumerism, minimalism, sustainability and resource conservation seem to gain in importance more than ever. Proximity to the city centre and cultural diversity usually have a higher priority than the desire for space within your own four walls. Or also the affordability.
Of course, we are also your partner when a project in the area of small apartments can be implemented. We offer convincing solutions.

Micro-apartment Berlin

Shorten project times, lower project costs

Many factors in project development cannot be influenced. The price and location of the land are usually specified, the construction regulations and municipal statutes are usually fixed.
And yet there is another option:

  • We can fall back on standardised modular concepts
  • We can increase the speed of project development
  • We can use the experience of planners and developers that have all this expertise
  • We can question the functionality in the floor plans and leave out superfluous components
  • We can accurately adapt the building equipment to the available budget
  • We can increase the flexibility for future usages by using modular concepts
  • We can make housing spaces available quickly and
  • We can implement the perfect living experience in smaller apartment floor plans.

Advantages of modular construction with SEMODU:

  • modular construction cuts project costs considerably
  • modular construction cuts the construction time by more than half
  • modular construction saves our resources
  • modular construction reduces construction defects considerably
  • modular construction using timber can lead to a CO2-neutral project

Holz wohnung


Projekt LEVEL

Location: Leverkusen, Neue Bahnstadt Opladen

Starting point:
In the Opladen district of Leverkusen, a new urban district is being built on around 70 hectares, the “Neue Bahnstadt Opladen”. The impetus for the development was the closure of the railway repair works in 2003. The aim is to create a new urban district with housing estates, educational establishments, offices, retail trade, but also with green and leisure areas. The area of the Neue Bahnstadt is divided into an east and a west side. Here on the west side, directly on the new Europa-Allee, the LEVEL project is being built.

Project LEVEL:
Living and working on a better level. This project is a mixed-use property with a share of more than 80% of the total rental area. In addition, there is a day-care and two office and office offices. Practice areas located in one of the buildings. LEVEL convinces with a high-quality architectural concept and a perfect location that meets every requirement. Modern infrastructure, proximity to major universities and DAX-company Bayer AG as a pharmaceutical company make Opladen a more attractive place. The city district with green areas and playgrounds is ideal for families with children. Here we were able to make full use of our project development expertise.

Total residential area: approx. 4.316 m2
Of which or (that is) publicly funded: approx. 1.300 m2.
Total (number of housing) housing units: 63
Of which or (that is) publicly funded: 18

Residential: approx. 4.316,08 m2
Of which or (that is) publicly funded: approx. 1.300 m2
Corporate Offices/Practices: approx. 472,40 m2
Daycare center: approx. 698,44 m2
Basement/other uses: approx. 469,30 m2
Parking spaces (not for vans or large vehicles): 62

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Olympisches Dorf Projekt in Berlin

Location: Berlin, Elstal

Starting point:
On the former site of the Olympic Village, taking into account the historical context, approximately 180 apartments are built. The park-like area, which is only about 10 minutes away from the 9 km from the city center of Berlin and at the same time the proximity to the nature reserve “Döberitzer Heide” provide good framework conditions for this. In addition, the excellent connection to public transport and the Berlin motorway ring is a perfect base for harmoniously combining life and work.

Project ODE:
12 sustainably and modularly planned point houses with approx. 180 apartments will create space and living space for couples, singles but also for families. The project has recently been successfully sold to a strategic investor.

Plot area: 16.291 m2
Outdoor area: 11.404 m2
Gross floor area: 16.291 m2
Rental area 14.489 m2
Space efficiency: 81.5 %

Projekt Neubulach Dorf im Dorf

Location: Neubulach

Starting point:
The city of Neubulach with its 5,600 inhabitants is conveniently located to the economic regions of Stuttgart, Böblingen, Sindelfingen and Pforzheim. In Neubulach, industrial and production companies as well as craft and service companies are represented. The city offers everything you need for everyday life. Particularly noteworthy are the city centre with its many half-timbered houses, the visitor mine with a healing tunnel and the Black Forest. On the one hand, the character of the city centre should be preserved and on the other hand, a way of living and living for vital and needy older people should be created.

Project Dorf im Dorf:
The aim is to realize the village within the village as a communal housing project. Around a square with a village lime, a fountain and a café, which is also used as an event room, four houses are grouped. The spatial rhythm of the historical street spaces with their narrowing and expansions forms the basis of the architectural concept. All apartments are barrier-free and have their own access addresses. The latter also to strengthen the independence and personal sense of home of the older residents. As a counterpoint and unifying element, the continuous and connected verandas serve as a continuous counterpoint, allowing residents to communicate with their neighbours in short distances.

 Am grünen Anger Project

Location: Wernau/Neckar

Starting point:
In Wernau am Neckar, a future-oriented, flexible new residential quarter is to be created with a socially mixed resident structure with age-appropriate living, a focus on family living and other forms of living. At least 20 % each of subsidised or rent-reduced apartments are to be provided for age-appropriate housing, family apartments and other types of housing. In addition, the new quarter is to be characterised by a high design quality with regard to architecture, housing and also the way in which the interweaving of green spaces and Landscape space with the urban formulation of the settlement edge distinguish.

Project: Am grünen Anger
Together with the architects Kränzle, Fischer-Wasels and the developer “die Mehrwertbauer”, SEMODU developed a concept for age-appropriate and barrier-free living based on serial/modular construction. With this approach, the urban planning specifications were completely fulfilled and at the same time the architectural, design framework for the project “am grünen Anger” was established – and the competition that was held was won. The project responds to the urban development framework plan with its clear building volume and connects the new quarter with varied spatial sequences and path networks. There are two atmospheric residential courtyards with different themes and high quality of stay, the active courtyard and the contemplative quiet courtyard. The project offers different housing typologies for a variety of living situations and enables a good social mix. This concept convinced the jury and will inspire the future residents.

Total residential area: 7.308 m²
Of which publicly funded: approx. 1059 m²
Total (number of housing) housing units: 115 WE
Of which or (that is) publicly funded: 18 Wohnungen
Residential: 83 Wohnungen + 5 Cluster Wohnungen
of which rent-reduced apartments: 15 Wohnungen



Ten days for a clinic for 1000 patients – what is a reality in China is up to now only a dream of the future in Germany. However, it is precisely this degree of efficiency and quick action that is needed when it comes to getting a pandemic under control. In order to be able to treat a large and rapidly increasing number of sick people, capacities must be increased rapidly.

We faced this challenge and, with the help of experienced intensive care physicians, we have developed two concepts for clinics, both for moderately and severely ill patients, which took both the needs of patients and staff into account: this modular micro-clinic can be set up on site in just a few days. The modular design makes it possible to combine rooms in different ways and thus to react to the most varied situations. This is particularly important in a hospital, where entrances, exits, patients, staff and material disposal must be organised.

The first clinic concept offers space for 36 patients and 20 people on the staff side and is therefore specially designed for the treatment of the coronavirus but can be expanded if necessary. The rooms are organised in such a way that the paths of patients, staff and material do not cross unnecessarily. The patients arrive from the south, via the entrance area, directly into the shock rooms, from where they are brought to the sides into the patient rooms after initial treatment. There are rooms for the storage and disposal of material directly opposite the shock rooms. The supply takes place centrally, which minimises walking distances within the clinic and therefore valuable minutes can be saved. This is particularly important for waste, so that it can be transported as quickly as possible and without much contact. All rooms offer enough space for beds and equipment as well as a washbasin and disinfection area. Cleanliness is particularly important with infectious diseases, which is why there are washbasins and disinfection areas in the hallways.

The situation is similar in the second concept. Since it is intended for twenty seriously ill people and 10 people on the hospital side, patients are brought directly to their rooms via the entrance.

Both concepts are not only designed for the current COVID-19 pandemic but can also be used as emergency clinics for all crisis situations worldwide and, thanks to the modular design and serial prefabrication, they can be dismantled, converted or reused at another location after their use.

Micro-clinic Covid-19 vorbeugende Maßnahmen

Modular construction creates living space in Premium quality


and Values

Population density will increase, resources will decrease:
We create resource-conserving habitats and properties that adapt to the needs of people.

Modular real estate concepts can make a small contribution to meeting this challenge.

Vision and Values


Population density will increase, resources will decrease:
We create resource-conserving habitats and properties that adapt to the needs of people.

Modular real estate concepts can make a small contribution to meeting this challenge.

Our beliefs and values

We have been dealing with the consequences of climate change and our limited resources for many years. Therefore, we have decided to develop real estate concepts that are both as climate-neutral as possibleand as resource-efficient. At the same time, we also focus on social considerations. What we are considering should be usable worldwide as regards real estate development and energy supply.


What we stand for

Today more than 8,000,000,000 people live on earth, 3,500,000,000 of them in cities.In 2050 there will be 10,000,000,000 people, 7,000,000,000 of whom will then be living in cities. That means that in less than 35 years we will have to build the world we live in today all over again. And we will have to do so with the resources that we have,so that future generations will also have a future worth living in.

Mission and Goals

We want to become the leading reference for serial and modular construction worldwide. We achieve this with sustainable modules that are cost effective and climate-neutral.


Mission and Goals

We want to become the leading provider of flexible, high-quality housing worldwide. We achieve this with sustainable modules that are cost effective and climate-neutral.

Modular construction combined with state-of-the-art technology

The building of the future: We need to find suitable solutions for the buildings of the future in the area of conflict between, on the one hand, climate protection and resource conservation and, on the other, the great demand for housing.

This drives us to implement the best concepts and at the same time to use the most modern technology in buildings and in their production. Our customers should not have to do without any comforts and at the same time they should feel good that they have done something for the future of our planet.

Short construction time for affordable living: Our buildings can be constructed in the shortest possible time and yet still achieve the highest quality standards. When designing our product lines, we pay close attention to their later use. Comfortable optional extras can be ordered from us ex-works. Or, especially in the case of technical details, these can also be reordered later via software update or used temporarily. Project development 2.0.

Worldwide solutions for modular construction: With these considerations regarding modular construction and a hybrid construction method, we want to contribute to tackling the immense questions that arise from global growth. And we use all our energy to make a pioneering contribution to their solution.

Digitalization is the dominant topic in the manufacturing industry: predictive maintenance, smart data, automation, digital twins and much more are on the agenda here. That is certainly true, but digitization is a dominant theme in almost all areas of business and life. We talk about the relevance of digital transformation in real estate with Frank Talmon l’Armee, CEO of SEMODU AG.



Why is digitization so important at SEMODU?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“We can already see that digitalisation is shaping our daily lives and will play an important role in many other areas of our lives in the future. That is why it is extremely important for us not only to debate digital progress, we want and will be living it in all of our business areas – from the idea, from words to deeds, so to speak. We believe that the dematerialisation of physical objects is only a matter of time and therefore see immense potential in the digital transformation of the real estate industry and especially in modular construction.”


We often hear about the need to put the customer at the centre of the product development and to focus on their needs. To what extent is this important for SEMODU and how is the customer taken into account?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“Since our customer is also the final user of our product, it goes without saying that we focus on their needs. But because we are creating something entirely new, our customers are often not even aware of these needs. And this, of course, is a paradigm shift. Here in particular, we strive to clearly convey our vision of the new form of living and to demonstrate all the possibilities of individual design. Every one of our customers should be able to express themselves in their own home. And that, if he wants to, every day anew.”


You spoke just now of the need to move from words to deeds. So how does SEMODU implement digitization in its products?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“We are currently developing a fully digitized module that conceals an intelligent building operating system, which includes everyday objects such as an ordinary dining table being rethought, reinvented and digitally connected. The benefit for our customers lies in the simple, comfortable and adaptable living space we create. In addition, habits are changing faster than ever. The use of online tools is often the better alternative to buying products or services. That’s why we stick to the “pay-per-use” principle to create a wide-ranging and variable offer that can be arranged according to individual preferences.”


How does SEMODU stand out from other companies, especially in terms of digitalization?

Frank Talmon L‘Armée:

“The integration of digital products into the modular construction concept is a unique selling point for SEMODU and thus a pivotal advantage in the market. With the implementation of our technological concepts, we want to significantly advance the digital transformation in the real estate sector. Our unconventional way of thinking is therefore our most important resource. The ideas and new perspectives we create as a result not only provide valuable impetus for our work – they inspire and motivate us.”


Sustainability is one of the main topics of SEMODU AG, the method provider for modular construction. Why is it so important to you and what role does climate protection play? How is the industry reacting to this commitment?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

Contributing to climate protection is a matter of the heart for SEMODU AG. After all, the real estate sector has always been one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases. That is why we see a special need for catching up.

Wherever possible, we use wood and invest in the afforestation of forests to achieve a CO2 balance or even a positive CO2 balance with our resource-saving concepts. That our climate-friendly living concepts and modular construction are highly sought after is also evident from the numerous positive feedback we receive from city planners, architects, and decision-makers on our real estate projects.


Sustainability does not come at zero cost. But sustainability has been in the trend for years and is now reaching the construction and real estate industry. At the same time, however, housing is becoming increasingly limited and prices are rising. How can this contradiction be resolved?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

Little has happened in conventional construction, especially with regard to sustainability. In principle, not much has changed in our construction method in the last 200 years. However, our CO2-neutral building concepts do not necessarily have to be more expensive. This is a very important point.
For us, however, sustainability has to do not only with climate protection, but also with socially acceptable living – that is why we have taken on this particular challenge: With climate-neutral concepts, also with regard to energy and mobility, we want to create a future worth living for future generations.

At the same time, we also know about the social importance of climate protection from SEMODU. Thus, for us, building the future and sustainability are inevitably linked. Generally speaking, at SEMODU we are sending a clear signal for more climate protection and sustainability.”


Does the commitment to climate protection in your company and modular building offer concrete, measurable added value or is this more about making a contribution to society?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

There is already a clear added value for us, as experience shows that the real estate industry is rather conservative and slow when it comes to innovation. Growing cities, rising property prices, rents and construction costs, the frightening climate forecasts and the changes that are already visible today will not simply disappear into thin air by meaning well. It is a problem which affects all of us. From politicians, companies, cities, environmental organisations and, of course, down to every single person – everyone has to stick together to maintain a future worth living together. We have already been able to link some of these strands, but here and there we still find incomprehension or hesitance.

We do not let this slow us down, of course, but rather enter into strategic partnerships that share the same vision and are willing to push forward with us.


How does SEMODU implement its ambitious climate protection goals?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

We aim to implement all our projects at least climate neutral – if not with a positive climate balance. However, we are particularly proud of our project “Am grünen Anger” in Wernau, which not only has a CO2-neutral budget, but also has a sustainable mobility and energy concept.
Nevertheless, we want to strengthen the environmental and climate awareness of our employees, partners, and customers. That is why we count on a broad network of partnerships and support the initiative “one for the planet”, whose founder now also belongs to the advisory board of SEMODU AG.”


In the above example, how do customers and third parties benefit from your climate protection efforts?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

With our projects, we prove that climate-neutral living is quite affordable and can still meet the highest quality standards.
This is precisely what we want to achieve with our innovative energy modules and sustainable mobility concepts, which benefit our customers directly.


That’s wonderful. However, climate protection sometimes still requires large investments. Have you found solutions to distribute these costs fairly and socially acceptable among all parties involved?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

A major concern since the founding of SEMODU is affordable housing and thus the basis for social compatibility. Our modular design, whether wooden modules, concrete modules, or hybrid modules, already enables significant cost savings and in return creates more scope for implementing climate-friendly concepts. The standardized manufacturing and delivery process can be planned up to the last minute, so that the module is transported to the construction site just-in-time. Compared to conventional construction, construction times can thus be reduced by up to half.


Will you expand your company’s commitment to climate protection in the coming years?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

We always strive for more. Our vision is: to create living spaces and properties that are as resource efficient as possible and that are adapted to the needs of people. That is why we never get tired of implementing new innovative concepts and constantly improving the protection of our environment. The promising collaboration with a major energy company is only the beginning.


What does corporate responsibility and responsible corporate management mean to you personally?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

At SEMODU, everyone has a voice – we meet at eye level. For me, corporate responsibility means recognising and strengthening the personal responsibility of employees and steering them in the right direction. I am aware that our employees are the driving force behind SEMODU. In my view, giving them the greatest possible freedom in their work is a form of responsible corporate management. This not only helps us improving, but also the results of our work.

Which projects and initiatives in which SEMODU has been involved in in recent years were important for the common good, had social relevance?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:
We believe that all of the projects we initiate or support have a high social relevance. And the numerous project enquiries that we receive regularly show us the success of our initiatives “affordable living” and “climate-neutral, resource saving concepts.

That’s the customer perspective now. To what extent does your focus on social and community responsibility also influence you in the field of human resources, for example in the selection of applicants?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:
We believe that a multicultural team brings with it a special diversity of talent, skills and new perspectives. Regardless of age, experience, background etc. , we are looking for the smartest and most creative minds who bring fresh air and new ideas.

What role do the employees of SEMODU play in the success of the company? What is particularly important to you in terms of applicants?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:
SEMODU is on a growth course – both geographically and in terms of personnel. In order to cope with this increasing workload, we can always use reinforcement in the team. We appreciate the ability to work collaboratively. Working at SEMODU requires a great openness to innovative thinking and a willingness to challenge conventional approaches. Initiatives and new ideas of our employees are also enormously important to us, and we therefore particularly encourage independent working methods.

What are the fields of activity and initiatives with which you want to make a long-term contribution to society with your company?

Frank Talmon l’Armée:

SEMODU AG is based on four main business areas: modular, digital, sustainable and productive. All those contribute to the goal of creating a future worth living for future generations. Intelligent and sustainable building modules are our path to reach these goals.


How mathematics impacts our built environment?

Shashank Pandey

The cycle of the environment has a rhythmic and repetitive function. From seasons to daylight hours, all follow a set pattern. Secondly, mathematical proportions are decisive in making any object look aesthetically pleasant or unpleasant. The ancient architecture and in some cases modern architecture too used these mathematical patterns and proportions to harmonize the built form with our nature habituated visual senses. The Golden ratio is one such example. Its geometrical interpretation was used as early as in Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations. The trend continued extensively in Gothic and Islamic Architecture. Modern Architects such as Le Corbusier also used mathematics as a tool in their design forms.


How is mathematics and modular construction interrelated?

Shashank Pandey

These two are co-related in multiple dimensions. Historical use of mathematics in buildings, was restricted primarily to building forms and facade patterns. But with modular construction mathematics play a more decisive role encompassing different facets of planning. In modular construction, other than the regular anthropometry figures, the planning team must make efficient calculation, regarding the size of the modules, ratio of module faces, weight of the modules, balance of the module, and the special technical parameters in the subject of structures and MEP.

The external factors such as fabrication plant, state traffic regulations, crane allowances, etc. bring these restrictions in play. Inefficient planning can make the project cost to shoot up.

The efficiency can be checked and compared using formulas. Planners must work under this complex mathematical umbrella. This complex constellation can be simplified through CAD (Computer aided design) planning scripts. In the future, fabrication plants will have more automatic and semi-automatic CAM (Computer aided manufacturing) processes at their disposal.


Can this mathematical system be used similarly across all the projects?

Shashank Pandey

This system has many variables. When looking over external factors, on one hand there are variations arising due to different state building regulations and on the other hand different state traffic restrictions. Talking of internal factors, for example, the system devised for a residential building cannot be used as it is for an office building. Other variations arise from the material itself. Concrete, wood, steel, and hybrid construction, each have their individual mathematics. Due to the heavier weight of concrete (ca. 2400 Kg/m³), it results in smaller module sizes as compared to wood (ca. 1200-1500 Kg/m³). Additionally, in concrete, the specific fabrication process of dealing with sized formworks brings further invariable constraints in the planning process. But at the same time, due to its lean wall sizes concrete modules result in better area efficiency. All these parameters are analysed mathematically across advantages and disadvantages, material wise and project wise. This complex comparative analysis is much easier with mathematical coding and combinatorics.


In general, how do the project processes differ in modular construction? And what impact these processes have on the cost and sustainability numbers?

Shashank Pandey

In our experience, Design-Build is the best suited project delivery method for modular construction. The planning revolves around the specific module mathematics which is customized as per the manufacturer’s system. The building modules are detailed up to the last step during the initial planning phases and are pre-finished up to the grade of 80-90% in the fabrication plant itself. Even the sequence of final module assembly and the point of connection for lifting the module is pre-determined. Last minute alterations are difficult to execute and costly to duplicate. It can disrupt the entire modular process and prolong the project duration.

The planning process utilises the practical principle of P-P-D (Plug, Play and Design). The aim of the planner is to design with the most efficient sizes of the module, as smaller or bigger sizes can lead to cost escalation during fabrication, transport and onsite lifting and assembly. At the same time, planner must maximize the module repetitions to end with efficient fabrication costs. Finally, the total reduction in the project duration by 50-70% results in greater value of opportunity cost for the real estate developer.

Coming to the aspect of sustainability, the lean fabrication process and low number of design changes lead to minimum construction waste. Highly controlled quality standards make the building durable and more sustainable when calculated over the entire building life cycle. The reduction in project time leads to decrease in carbon emission in intangible ways. The grade of building material recycling and flexible project reuse possibilities add up to the sustainability quotient even further.


How SEMODU ́s modules development differs from its competitors?

Shashank Pandey

Our modules and its fabrication process envision high grade of efficiency replicating the automobile industry of Germany. The priority is set on achieving module quality, rather than module quantity. For instance, our conceptualization for residential projects aims to accomplish the total planning by using minimum of one or maximum of three module sizes per project. This uniformization principal trickles down in maximization of cost, quality, and time benefits. These value engineered modules are structured to meet next generation digitalisation, affordability, and provide compact solutions. The WANDWALL variant is being developed as a smart module tool embedded with BOS technology. This is the future of modular construction and the real estate industry at large, where we have already made significant inroads.


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