BF House: prefab saves the day


Prefabrication is the most honorable method to use when it comes to respecting a delicate topography or ecosystem. In Borriol, Spain a modern house claims all the attention by its Eco friendly design. Positioned on a very steep site, this contemporary prefab seems to be suspended in mid air without disturbing the land beneath it. How? Read on to find out. Continue reading

Prefabulous + Almost Off The Grid – Your path to building an energy-independent home

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


Prefab Addition: a house with butterfly wings


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: living spaces among pine trees


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

Niu House: an inhabitable prefab composition

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

Pavilion 2012: an ephemeral prefab architecture

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

Prefabricated Nature: there’s a forest silhouette in my room

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

Freedomky House: Eco-Friendly Prefab

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

CZ house: A prefab surrounded by sheep

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

Outback Staked House: flexibility, versatility and universality

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