As most of you already know I have a strong passion for prefab and Eco friendly homes, so you can imagine how excited I was to receive a copy of Sheri Koones’s new book: Prefabulous + Almost Off The Grid – Your path to building an energy-independent home.
This 240-page hardcover starts with an inspiring forward by the environmentalist, actor and director, Robert Redford, followed by a wonderful collection of some of the most environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes across North America. Continue reading
A house extension with butterfly wings…Isn’t this something truly innovative and fresh? In Berkeley, California there’s a prefab building that captures the essence of two related worlds: an existing 1950’s house and its unique surrounding environment. In order to preserve the existing atmosphere designed by a popular landscape architect some cautions were taken as guidelines for the new house extension: two new structures and a recast landscape, all balanced with the original residence. Continue reading
MO House testifies one of those cases when the rule becomes the exception… In Madrid, Spain a single family house spreads all its energy through a dense green forest. An exquisite desire has lead to an astonishing volumetric result. All trees had to be preserved in their original position…
Although the conventional domestic program, the site’s morphology demanded a compound geometry for the positioning of the house. The prevailing presence of trees and the deep wish to achieve an inhabitable space fully integrated with the woods resulted in a unique solution. The program was transformed in a very direct way to a number of simple rectangular volumes, each one with its own function. Continue reading
In Ikoma City, Japan, prefabricated architecture shows once again all its value and quality. The modern Niu House proudly arises between traditional Japanese style homes. This two story building (with a total floor area of 76 sq.m.) is all about innovation and originality…Let’s take a trip together through this exceptional tiny house where Small is definitely turned into the new Big! Continue reading
Sometimes architecture has to deal with a very particular concept: ephemerality. In Shoham, Israel, Pavilion 2012 arises from the ground as an outstanding example of contemporary prefab building that works as an object!
The program for this transitory architecture is focused on creating a distinctive place to sell a future residential project for a large real estate. Some are born to last indefinitely…some are born to live for a short period of time! In this special case, Pavilion 2012 will be demolished in a year’s time, so a peculiar approach was developed in order to turn this building into a unique study case: a single ground floor with 300 sq. m. assembles the entire sales office program. Continue reading
Can nature be prefabricated? To make this tricky question more clear, check out this modular prefab house in Cedeira, Spain. This exquisite residence is positioned on a steep hill, in a zone dominated by the magnificent company of the ocean and a forest of eucalyptus trees.
The volume of the house is inspired by the harvest countryside, family farms and also by pitched roof houses. All is green and irradiates the tender nature’s breeze…In a brilliant design option, the concept of this unique building respects these site qualities. Continue reading
Can you imagine a modern prefabricated home with a substantial low ecological impact, at a very accessible price, and assembled in only 5 hours? The Freedomky House is the answer! But seriously…can this concept really exist?
Atelier Stepan definitely confirms the viability and most importantly, the urgency of Eco-friendly architecture like this one… A miraculous modular building that allies a poetically organic aesthetics with a perfect sense of functionality. I gladly challenge you to take a peek at this unique prefab! Continue reading
In Pico Island, Portugal, there’s a modern prefab home that shares its surroundings with special creatures: sheep! Yes… a rural scenario in this amazing land, placed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now richer by the presence of a fine example of contemporary prefabricated architecture! Continue reading
Prefab houses always come with some kind of revolutionary architectural solution. Moreover, the modular building system, usually identified with prefabs, reminds me of the hidden geometry present in every element of nature! Flexibility, versatility and universality are qualities that often escape the conventional way of building: I’m talking about the use of standard modules leading to a minimal waste of materials and reduced labor costs.
Placed in the upper reaches of the Hawkesbury River at Dangar Island, Australia, the Outback Stacked House successfully presents my beliefs in prefab architecture! Continue reading
Extremely limited sites are always a challenge, although sometimes the most adaptable solution is already there to be utilized! I’m talking about the infinite world of prefab structures that are constantly available for the most challenging architectural needs.
In Tokyo, Japan, a multi-level private residence is the perfect example for this kind of possibility, and with an exquisite result! Let’s take a closer look… Continue reading