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Pop-Up House

The Pop-Up House sets a whole new standard for easy to assemble on site prefabricated buildings. They are designed to comply with stringent PassivHaus standards for providing excellent indoor air quality and comfort, while reducing energy requirements to heat and cool homes. In short, they’re every thing I dream of in a modern home. Continue reading

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Essendon Prefab Addition: At Home Precision

ARKit’s prefabricated wall panels made even this addition to an historic home on a small site painless. These interlocking panels with integral insulation and wood or plaster interiors are precisely crafted for high performance. Using often undervalued short lengths of timber, in this case red cedar, the sustainably sourced lumber also is inherently pest and rot resistant. In this Melbourne, Australia residence the building addition, interior and exterior, was factory built and assembled on site. Continue reading

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Catskills Suburban Home: Modern Modular

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This is not the typical suburban home in my neighborhood, though I wish it was. A modern factory built house, also known as prefab, of just over 2200 sq.ft. sits unpretentiously in a grassy woodland niche. Resolution: 4 Architecture has over 30 of these prefabricated homes under their belt and their portfolio shows the unique potential that lies in this method of home designing and building. Continue reading

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Light House: A tiny foot print prefab

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I’m a big fan of living lightly on our stunning planet and love my modern comforts as well. In Light House, by Camera Buildings, your home can be comfy in its tiny foot print. At an overall size of under 100 sq.ft., this small home is 8’-4” x 12’-0”. It’s built for you in a factory in British Columbia so on-site building headaches do not exist, except for the foundation that you’ll need. Continue reading

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Tind: modern prefab reflecting tradition

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A prefab home can be a great opportunity to experiment new approaches in architecture. Tind by Stockholm-based Claesson Koivisto Rune proves how contemporary design can reflect traditional architectural values, as it reinterprets the Swedish vernacular house with its gabled roof shape. Continue reading

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Passion House Prefab: heavy is the new lightweight

A new vision of prefabricated architecture seems to be emerging from Estonia: Passion House. A 40sqm single-story building reveals a different way of thinking about the traditional lightweight concept associated with prefab architecture, pushing the boundaries to another type of meaning: can a prefab home be as heavy as a conventional building? Apparently, the answer is yes… Continue reading

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Villa B: A prefab bio-climatic house In Lyon, France

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In Lyon, France Tectoniques Architects developed a symbiotic relation between nature and architecture. Larch cladding and prefabricated modular timber frame compose the body of a box-like, two-story house that seems to be connected to the ground like a tree… In fact, a simple distribution of the domestic program suggests that all areas of this family home were conceived to enhance the relation between interior and exterior. Continue reading

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House Re: a modern prefab family home in Slovenia

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Environment always has a crucial role in architecture: House Re proves how this vital element can also obtain the best architectonic result. In Vrhnika, Slovenia there’s a two-story prefab home of 307sqm perfectly rooted within a forest landscape. A pitched roof volume seems to erupt from a sloped site in a very eloquent way – almost like one of the numerous trees that surround the entire perimeter of this contemporary family home. Continue reading

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Shed: prefab and sustainability

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When prefab architecture and sustainability values are melted in the same jar, the result can only be a successful project: Shed. In California, a prefab building with a built area of 1003sqm was conceived to shelter a platform for a sustainable farming and wine making community. This huge metal structure houses two stories of flexible space for commercial and meeting purposes. Continue reading

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Espinar House: A prefab reflecting nature

Prefab home that reflects its surroundings near Madrid, Spain

Wouldn’t it be amazing to live in a house that reflects its surroundings? Espinar House fulfills such a challenging task by using a special skin material: cellular polycarbonate panels. Situated on a mountain site near Madrid, Spain, this two-story prefab home takes advantage of its unique location by enhancing every type of relation with the natural context, either in social or private areas. Continue reading