Grotto Sauna

To the outside world, Toronto might be considered a cold Canadian city with visions of dogsleds and Mounted Police dancing in their head. But for those who live there, they know very well what a cultural metropolis it truly is – offering four distinct seasons and a plethora of beautiful locations in which to visit. The Grotto Sauna by PARTISANS is a fabulous example of exactly the type of random beauty you will find there. This Georgian Bay, Ontario prefab gem boasts of 800 square feet of specialized steam, sculpted to utter perfection. Continue reading


Filter Studio: Home Delivery, Prefab Style


If you’ve been dreaming of a tiny space created just for you that you can use for virtually any purpose your heart desires, this stylish prefab studio by Camera Buildings is for you. With a standard footprint of 12’-8” by 8’-5” for a total area of less than 10 sq.m., it often requires no building permit. The standard studio interior ceiling height is 6’-8” so that delivery to your house is easy as well. Continue reading


Magnificent HQ: A Green Shipping Container Studio


Recycled shipping containers can be a box full of surprises for architects. Located in Hackney City Farm, Magnificent HQ is the headquarters of a non-profit organization called Magnificent Revolution. Created from a converted shipping container, this multipurpose space serves as a studio for creativity and learning. The space demonstrates and teaches energy efficiency principles, beginning with its own example as a prototype. Continue reading


Tetra Shed: Take it all outside


The Tetra Shed modular stand-alone pods are designed as modernized workspaces for the garden, but can be used for far more. They can be assembled in complexes of up to 6 (or even more) and are built from timber, beech cladding and a whole menu of external finishes from copper to black rubber to comply with ultra stringent Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Continue reading


Backyard Room: simply pre-fabulous


When a house extension project and a prefab system come together the result can only be outstanding. Backyard Room testifies the power of mixing these two factors by revealing the innumerable benefits that come with prefabricated buildings. The concept is simple and crystal clear: The Backyard Room project is a series of small structures, of scales varying from 2.3 meters by 2.4 meters to a two-story outdoor pavilion with a five to six-meter roof height, that can be realized from design to completion in just four weeks. Continue reading


Sett Studio: a small SIP prefab


Modern times come with new challenges. When work and living merge to a single space, many people are in need of a physical separation between what happens in their life at home, and their work at the office. Sett Studio demonstrates how to create an efficient physical boundary between work and home. In Austin a small prefab building with only 8.5sqm reinforces the idea of living and working in style and comfort. Continue reading


Shoffice: shed + office, prefabricated


The concept behind a tiny garden pavilion in London, UK was simplified by the following equation: shed + office = Shoffice. An organic volume is now placed in the rear of a 1950’s terraced house as an artificial extension of the existing garden. The program was very simple and small – an office space for the owner of the house that could promote a closer connection with his domesticated piece of nature. Continue reading


Prefab playhouses for kids: room to grow


Sometimes a simple cardboard box can become a whole new world for a child – a place of their own where they can paint, read and play. That is the concept of Play Modern’s Cuba and 2Cuba – modern, prefabricated playhouses, who will keep your kids occupied for hours. Continue reading


Atelier Garden Studios: Compact Spaciousness


Nowadays, conservatories and garden rooms are transformed into contemporary garden buildings. UK-based Atelier was directed by the element of a curved edge in the design and construction of their modern garden studios. Continue reading


Walden Shed: Or, Life In The Woods


This very unique garden shed is inspired by a book by American writer and philosopher Henry David Thorea, called ‘Walden; Or, Life in the woods‘. The story details Thoreau’s life and his relationship with nature, where he experienced simple living and self-sufficiency, over the course of two years in a cozy 10′ x 15’ cabin he built near Walden Pond, Massachusetts. Sounds great, right? Well, the story influenced this three feet wide and two stories tall garden-shed, which invites one to live outdoors. Continue reading