Prefab Housing

Survival Rooms Are Disaster Proof Prefab Capsule Units That May Save Lives

Survival Rooms Are Disaster Proof Prefab Capsule Units That May Save Lives

Survival Rooms are container-sized units that offer total disaster protection within enclosed capsules. These self-sufficient emergency life support systems by Phil Pauley were designed to withstand

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FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

FIRST PHOTOS: Solar-Powered Transforming EDV-01 Emergency Shelter Unveiled!

The high-tech shelter is designed to provide a sustainable source of vital resources on-site. Four hydraulic legs quickly stabilize the structure on rugged terrain, and an outer wall rises to create a

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Blue Sky Homes Completes Elegant Steel Prefab Home In Yucca Valley

Blue Sky Homes Completes Elegant Steel Prefab Home In Yucca Valley

Designed for Gordon Graham, the 1,225 sq ft home was built as a desert retreat from the cold winters of British Colombia. Graham happened to hear about Blue Sky Homes on his way to the Coachella Music

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Cylindrical Prefab Standard House Sustainably Fits Any Family and Any Location

Cylindrical Prefab Standard House Sustainably Fits Any Family and Any Location

The round shape of the home makes it easily suitable for any sized or shaped lot and windows and door placement can easily be decided based upon solar orientation or desired views. The roof shape and type

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Octagonal Living Unit is an Eco-Friendly House Alternative Under $25,000

Octagonal Living Unit is an Eco-Friendly House Alternative Under $25,000

Drawing on ideas from his sculpture practice, Virginia-based artist Craig Pleasants has designed an octagonal, eco-friendly kit house as a low-budget housing alternative that is both beautiful and

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Prefabulous Tree Top Cabin Goes Out on a Limb at Sweden’s Tree Hotel

Prefabulous Tree Top Cabin Goes Out on a Limb at Sweden’s Tree Hotel

Access to the Cabin is gained via a footbridge leading to a spacious deck on top of the actual living quarters. The site for the room was chosen specifically for its high ground and steep slope to

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Awesome Mobile Prefab Coffee Platform is a Rapid Prototyped Way to Get Your Morning Caffeine

Awesome Mobile Prefab Coffee Platform is a Rapid Prototyped Way to Get Your Morning Caffeine

Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc. donated a generous supply of Alpolic, which is a unique aluminum composite material, to the studio in hope that the students could explore it and come up with innovative uses.

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INTERVIEW: Jennifer Siegal of Office of Mobile Design

INTERVIEW: Jennifer Siegal of Office of Mobile Design

We love the work of Jennifer Siegal's Office of Mobile Design, and our very own Emily Pilloton had the opportunity to talk to her in person about green architecture and her prefab designs. One of her

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Sleek and Modern “Casa Paz” Dangles Over a Jaw-Dropping Cliff in Madrid

Sleek and Modern “Casa Paz” Dangles Over a Jaw-Dropping Cliff in Madrid

The team was limited by finances and materials, so they decided to use a metal-frame (which looks like a shipping container) that was stacked on top of large concrete pillars. To keep costs low, only

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LABhaus Completes Low-Energy Modern Luxury Prefab In New Jersey

LABhaus Completes Low-Energy Modern Luxury Prefab In New Jersey

The New Jersey LABhaus was built using five, factory-built modules to achieve a super tight and high performance envelope. You may be impressed to hear that the home boasts polyurethane SIP walls (R40),

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Bungalove: Nomadic Pop-Up Prefab Lets You Go Back to the Wild in Style

Bungalove: Nomadic Pop-Up Prefab Lets You Go Back to the Wild in Style

Unveiled at the Sia Guest International Hospitality Exhibition, Bungalove is a mobile living space that can evolve over time and is designed for disassembly. The pop-up hotel consists of a platform and

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Amphibious Houses Could Provide A Permanent Solution For Flooding In Thailand

Amphibious Houses Could Provide A Permanent Solution For Flooding In Thailand

The government of Thailand asked the two architecture firms to work on a solution for the increasing problem of flooding in Thailand. In the past, most people in Thailand lived near the river in homes

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Shipping Container Eco Loft Rises Meters Away From Unspoiled Uruguayan Beaches

Shipping Container Eco Loft Rises Meters Away From Unspoiled Uruguayan Beaches

Argentine nouvelle cuisine chef and experienced entrepreneur Alejandra Dellepiane told Inhabitat how she moved to Los Angeles at the young age of 18 years old. After working for several high-end

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TreeHugger Debate on Thursday, May 26: Is Prefab A Greener Way To Build?

TreeHugger Debate on Thursday, May 26: Is Prefab A Greener Way To Build?

A question we've often pondered - how green is prefab construction? Without much hard data to back it up, we only have theories to go on, hoping that it really might be more resource efficient and lead to

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LivingHomes Completes 3 Unit Ray Kappe-Designed Multi-Family Residence in Los Altos

LivingHomes Completes 3 Unit Ray Kappe-Designed Multi-Family Residence in Los Altos

The Santa Monica-based company, LivingHomes, contracted Ray Kappe and Kieran Timberlake to design their prefabulous homes. The Los Altos project is Kappe's first multi-family residence and includes

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The $300 House: Harvard Business Review Launches Contest to Design Affordable Housing for Developing Areas

The $300 House: Harvard Business Review Launches Contest to Design Affordable Housing for Developing Areas

In a quest to provide safe housing for everyone around the world, no matter what their economic standing, the Harvard Business Review Blog has teamed up with Ingersoll Rand’s Center for Energy

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PHOTOS: Cabin Fever Unveils Their Latest Prefab ZipCabin at ICFF

PHOTOS: Cabin Fever Unveils Their Latest Prefab ZipCabin at ICFF

We spoke to Gayle Zalduondo, who is one of the founders of Puck and Blossom, the company behind Cabin Fever. One of the coolest things she told us about the ZipCabin is that at just 120 sf, its a

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Mattel Designer Builds Gorgeous Turquoise Dream Home from Shipping Containers

Mattel Designer Builds Gorgeous Turquoise Dream Home from Shipping Containers

In the world of sustainable architecture and affordable living, shipping container homes are a great solution for the budget-minded seeking a low-maintenance and eco-friendly living situation -- and

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Stillwater Dwellings Finishes Soaring Butterfly Roof Prefab Home In Santa Barbara

Stillwater Dwellings Finishes Soaring Butterfly Roof Prefab Home In Santa Barbara

Located in a private setting with views of the Santa Ynez mountains, the 1,600 sq ft home has a 320 square-foot garage and a courtyard deck that expands the living space outdoors. Eco-friendly materials

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Casa Garoza: Spanish Prefab Prototype is Designed to Grow Over Time

Casa Garoza: Spanish Prefab Prototype is Designed to Grow Over Time

In 2010 Herreros Arquitectos completed the industrialized prototype for their growing house, which focuses on resource efficiency, recycling and sustainability. During the first phase of construction 4

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Original 1959 Airstream Restored Into Architect’s Fantastic Mobile Studio

Original 1959 Airstream Restored Into Architect’s Fantastic Mobile Studio

The metamorphosis happened at a friend’s sculpture studio, and it was almost like an archeological dig. While they were cleaning up the travel trailer they found all sorts of artifacts and objects

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Controversy Heats Up Over Shipping Container Prison Cells in Australia

Controversy Heats Up Over Shipping Container Prison Cells in Australia

In a move that could be viewed by some as a regression to the late 1800s when convicts were shipped from England to Van Diemens Land (Australia), a local prison will next week begin a trial housing

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Crossbox: Beautiful Modular Container Home in France

Crossbox: Beautiful Modular Container Home in France

CGARCHITECTES designed and built this stunning "Crossbox" house composed of four prefabricated containers in Brittany, France. The modern residence is clad in a low-maintenance material for a sleek

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Sustainable Living Innovations Debuts Innovative Prefab Building System

Sustainable Living Innovations Debuts Innovative Prefab Building System

Sustainable Living Innovations is composed of a consortium of design and engineering firms that have spent the last couple of years designing a ground-up integrated prefab system. The system is both

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Mobilizarte: Prefab Balloon Pavilion Will Travel Throughout Brazil Before 2016 Olympics

Mobilizarte: Prefab Balloon Pavilion Will Travel Throughout Brazil Before 2016 Olympics

This balloontasic mobile art pavilion will make its debut next summer in Brazil where it will travel to ten different cities in honor of the 2014 World Cup and then the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Freitag Store is World’s Tallest Shipping Container Structure!

Freitag Store is World’s Tallest Shipping Container Structure!

The Freitag Store holds another title too. It's also the tallest building in Zurich - of any kind. The first 2 floors of the store consist of 4 horizontal shipping containers each, giving them a sense of

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Sydney Pre-Fab School Sports Naturally Cooled Amoeba-like Facade

Sydney Pre-Fab School Sports Naturally Cooled Amoeba-like Facade

This unconventional façade has turned out to be a wise energy choice for the International Grammer School in Sydney Australia. Recently claiming an award for the best use of glass for energy efficiency,

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Rapid Type Mobile Coffee Platform Concept is a Prefab Caffeine Fix

Rapid Type Mobile Coffee Platform Concept is a Prefab Caffeine Fix

After months of research, a group of architecture professors and students at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco have developed a way to mix prefabrication with the current trend of

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NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

The small 8x8 modules consist of four rooms that form an L-shape. This allows the buildings to interlock repeatedly while also allowing for a small private garden. But the real beauty is that they are

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Solar-Powered Mobile Eco Shelter for the Swiss Alps

Solar-Powered Mobile Eco Shelter for the Swiss Alps

The simple design has room for six bunks, a bath, a foyer, and living space. One huge window overlooking the breathtaking views can also let in precious solar heat. When the sun goes down, a thermal

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