The NEMAVO Airey system: A wealth of options

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After the Second World War there were serious shortages of building materials and trained personnel, the demand for housing was high and construction budgets were low. Together these factors created an environment for the large-scale development of non-traditional residential construction systems in the Netherlands. One of these was the NEMAVO Airey system imported from the United Kingdom and adapted for the Dutch market. This article focusses on the external walls used in this system, a combination of precast concrete columns and precast concrete cladding panels arranged on a grid, which give the Airey houses their typical appearance. The Airey houses in the Netherlands exhibit a great variety within a recognisable system. This article addresses what aspects of the construction system, historical context, system developments, parties involved, and later circumstances and interventions resulted in the wide range of remaining stock of NEMAVO Airey houses in the Netherlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBuilding Knowledge, Constructing Histories
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Congress on Construction History (6ICCH 2018)
EditorsIne Wouters, Stephanie Van de Voorde, Inge Bertels, Bernard Espion, Krista De Jonge, Denis Zastavni
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCRC Press / Balkema - Taylor & Francis Group
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-58414-3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event6ICCH 2018: 6th International Congress on Construction History - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 9 Jul 201813 Jul 2018


Conference6ICCH 2018: 6th International Congress on Construction History

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  • 1945-1965
  • facade typologies
  • precast concrete
  • social housing
  • construction history


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