Prefab Housing

Living Lawn House Blends in With the Earth

Living Lawn House Blends in With the Earth

Green building gets literal in this beautiful grass-covered living Lawn House designed by Italy-based experimental architecture firm, altro_studio. The rolled lawn design not only offers a natural

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FabCab: A Most Fabulous Timberfame Prefab Cabin

FabCab: A Most Fabulous Timberfame Prefab Cabin

It's another prefabulous day, this time with the help of the FabCab, short for "Fabulous Cabin". This cute timberframe home made its debut at the 2010 Seattle Home Show and is more of a prefabricated kit

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One Cool Habitat Offers a Customizable Prefab ‘Your Way’

One Cool Habitat Offers a Customizable Prefab ‘Your Way’

One Cool Habitat is built out of a 20' shipping container, using the chasis of the container as a basis for the space. They cut out space for windows and doors, efficiently reusing the cut parts or

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Sustain Design Studio’s Affordable TRIO Prefab Lands in Ontario

Sustain Design Studio’s Affordable TRIO Prefab Lands in Ontario

Sustain Design Studio's newest prefab home, the 12x36 TRIO, recently landed in Brighton, Ontario. With its butterfly roof and passive solar design, the California Edition of the Trio is energy-efficient,

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Affresol Makes Modular Homes Out of Recycled Plastic

Affresol Makes Modular Homes Out of Recycled Plastic

While a party guest suggests to Dustin Hoffman's character in The Graduate that "There's a great future in plastics," nobody could have predicted that they'd one day be used to make houses! Plastic waste

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Sustainable Prefab Pied-a-Terre by Office of Mobile Design

Sustainable Prefab Pied-a-Terre by Office of Mobile Design

Inhabitat has long followed the innovative work of prefab pioneer Jennifer Siegal; from country schools to mod beach houses. This time, the Office of Mobile Design has ventured inland to install its

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Green Roofed Affordable Housing In the UK

PREFAB FRIDAY: Beautiful Green Roofed Affordable Housing In the UK

Designed by Acanthus LW Architects and built by Paradigm Housing in partnership with Hillingdon, Birchway is made up of 24 one and two bedroom units. Five buildings with curved sedum covered green roofs

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Zendome: Gorgeous Geodesic Domes Create Flexible Green Spaces

Zendome: Gorgeous Geodesic Domes Create Flexible Green Spaces

With their high ceilings the larger Zendomes have the characteristics of conventional buildings, however their innovative lightweight construction allows them to save resources while taking into account

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Stacked Shipping Container Medical Complex in Sudan

Stacked Shipping Container Medical Complex in Sudan

Designed by Italian firm, Tam Architecture, the idea for the complex was conceived when the architects noticed the leftover containers lying around the construction site and wanted to reuse them. Using

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Duany Flatpack Prefab Unveiled, 1000 Shelters to be Donated to Haiti

Duany Flatpack Prefab Unveiled, 1000 Shelters to be Donated to Haiti

During his research, Duany says that his team was able to identify four separate classes of Haitians that live in very different ways, and that each home is tailored to their specific needs. To exemplify

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Dominican Authorities Approve Container Cities For Haiti Housing Relief

Dominican Authorities Approve Container Cities For Haiti Housing Relief

Numerous disaster relief housing projects have been proposed to help in the aftermath of the Haiti Earthquake last month, and while many of them seem workable, none (as of yet) will actually be

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Upcycle Living Rolls Out Affordable Shipping Container Housing

Upcycle Living Rolls Out Affordable Shipping Container Housing

Phoenix-based Upcycle Living is aiming to bring affordable shipping container housing to the masses with its modern cost-effective designs. Just las fall they installed a 2-bedroom house at a green street

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Archipod’s Spherical Garden Office Pod

PREFAB FRIDAY: Archipod’s Spherical Garden Office Pod

UK-based Archipod is betting that a lot of people who work from home don't have the space they need, so they designed and built this chic little pod. Since the pod is prefabricated in sections small

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Prototype for the House Arc Modular Home Unveiled

PREFAB FRIDAY: Prototype for the House Arc Modular Home Unveiled

We love prefab designs, but we love seeing them come to life even more! Last July, we brought you renderings for the House Arc, a bicycle rack-inspired modular home designed by Joseph Bellomo, and now

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Prefab Housing Pyramid Puts Students in a (Container) Box

Prefab Housing Pyramid Puts Students in a (Container) Box

From its modular modern design to its shipping container components, Olgga's student housing complex struck us as a pitch perfect project for prefab friday. The French architecture firm designed the

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Caboodle is a Prefab Cardboard Condo for Your Cat

Caboodle is a Prefab Cardboard Condo for Your Cat

We're all about prefab homes for humans, but cats need shelter too! Luckily, there's Caboodle - a corrugated cardboard modular condo that your feline friends will be delighted to move their little cat

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Flat Pack Prefabs Could Provide Relief in Haiti

Flat Pack Prefabs Could Provide Relief in Haiti

The tragic earthquake in Haiti has provoked a number of architects to think about how they can help with disaster relief. One recent example we looked at was the SEED project, which uses shipping

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Curvaceous Solar Fablab House Set to Rock European Solar Decathlon

Curvaceous Solar Fablab House Set to Rock European Solar Decathlon

The European Solar Decathlon takes place this summer, and the competition is already heating up with some stunning designs for zero energy homes! One of the first we've seen is the FabLab House from the

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Site-Specific’s Minimalist Modern Recycled Prefab

PREFAB FRIDAY: Site-Specific’s Minimalist Modern Recycled Prefab

Thailand-based modular home designer Site-Specific has announced that they are expanding their line and have even formed a new company specifically devoted to prefab homes for the Thai Market. The first

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Space-age Solar Powered Pod House Unveiled!

Space-age Solar Powered Pod House Unveiled!

We first saw renderings of the futuristic MercuryHouseOne this past summer, and now that construction is complete we're thrilled to unveil the finished project! The MercuryHouseOne is a mobile lounge

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Ultra Modern Tafoni Home is a Floating Residence for San Francisco

Ultra Modern Tafoni Home is a Floating Residence for San Francisco

If you're in the market for a floating home but not diggin' the dark, cramped image that the word "houseboat" typically brings to mind, we think the Tafoni Floating Home will really "sway" you (get it -

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LivingHomes Announces National Availability of Ray Kappe’s Green Prefabs

LivingHomes Announces National Availability of Ray Kappe’s Green Prefabs

Fabulous prefab design just became more accessible as LivingHomes has announced that homes by award-winning architect Ray Kappe will be available at lower cost on a national scale. The six Kappe designs

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Emergency Shelters and Disaster Relief For The People of Haiti

Emergency Shelters and Disaster Relief For The People of Haiti

Our hearts reach out to the people of Haiti who are trying to pick up the pieces in the aftermath of this week's horrific earthquake. The country still has an incredibly long road ahead of them - first,

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Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Tafoni Prefab Floating House is Inspired by the California Coast

Houseboats are a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area, but many people find them too cramped to be a permanent residence. The Tafoni Floating Home, designed by Joanna Borek-Clement aims to change that

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PREFAB FRIDAY: ModCell’s Stunning Straw-bale Prefab Homes

PREFAB FRIDAY: ModCell’s Stunning Straw-bale Prefab Homes

Straw bale construction is both sustainable and remarkably energy efficient, and its organic nature can create some incredibly beautiful homes. But this building technique is not for everyone, nor every

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TOP GREEN ARCHITECTURE STORIES OF 2009!

TOP GREEN ARCHITECTURE STORIES OF 2009!

It's been a big year for green architecture and a landmark decade for green building awareness. Ten years ago, most people thought green building was still some hippy-dippy exercise in building

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Arctic Mobile Unit Keeps North Pole Visitors Warm

Arctic Mobile Unit Keeps North Pole Visitors Warm

Living in a land filled with perpetual snow, we can only imagine that Santa Claus has some special magic to keep him and all his elves warm all year. For the rest of us, a stay in the North Pole requires

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Stacked Shipping Container Pavilion Rises at COP15

Stacked Shipping Container Pavilion Rises at COP15

As COP15 delegations continue in Copenhagen, Danish architects MAPT have erected a striking pavilion composed of a set of old shipping containers stacked up like building blocks. The recycled pavilion

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M112 Pods: Miniature Shipping Container Homes!

M112 Pods: Miniature Shipping Container Homes!

These new M112 Pod Miniatures by Paris Renfroe Design are diminutive counterparts to the life-sized shipping container homes which are rising in popularity as green living space options. These tiny

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Modern Manifesto House Made From Wood Pallets and Shipping Containers

Modern Manifesto House Made From Wood Pallets and Shipping Containers

While not totally prefabricated, the Manifesto House by Infiniski utilizes pre-made materials like shipping containers and wooden pallets to create a totally rad modern house. Infiniski's mission is to

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