Prefab Housing

Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Sky City: Construction Of the World’s Tallest Tower Delayed Until 2014 as Costs Balloon to $855 Million

Changsha, China's Sky City tower is set to be the world's tallest building at a staggering 2,739 feet - however the project just hit a bump in the road as its developer announced plans to postpone

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner

PREFAB FRIDAY: Interview with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner

<o A few years ago, I had the opportunity to talk one-on-one with Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner about prefab architecture and sustainability. I asked him about his trajectory as a designer, and what

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San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

San Francisco’s SmartSpace SoMa is the First Prefab Micro Housing Project in the US

Located in the heart of SoMa on Harriet Street is the SmartSpace micro housing project. Inside are 23 units each at 295 sq ft that include a full kitchen, a queen bed, dining room table, full bathroom and

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Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

In part, the superior energy efficiency is achieved with a triple skin. The first includes a sandwich panel with OSB boards, extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard that surrounds

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Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck & Riko Unveil Prefab P.A.T.H Eco Homes in Europe

Philippe Starck began working with Riko in 2012 to design a line of prefab homes, and the collaborative team just unveiled their plans to the public. Starting in July of 2013, consumers can configure a

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Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

Blu Homes Unveils Southern California Breezehouse Prefab at Dwell on Design 2013

The new Southern California Breezehouse is a four-bed, four-bath prefab home that features a separate 24 ft pod for additional living space, a guest room or an office. The 2,900 sq ft home features an

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Facit Homes’ D-Process Creates Buildings that Snap Together Like LEGO Bricks

Facit Homes’ D-Process Creates Buildings that Snap Together Like LEGO Bricks

Using D-Process, Facit Homes designs each building on a computer in extremely detailed pieces which are then cut on a CNC router. The building components are shaped into LEGO-like cassettes and are

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Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

Micro Urban Prefab Project Wins Micro Housing Ideas Competition in Denver

The Denver Architecture League Micro Housing Ideas Competition received around a hundred entries from across the country and the globe for an affordable and micro housing project. The competition was

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Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Visitors Greeted by Energy-Efficient Prefab Welcome Center

The Golden Gate Bridge celebrated it's 75th year anniversary in 2012 and as part of the celebrations, the Golden Gate District and National Parks Conservancy rallied together to improve the facilities

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FATmaison’s Translucent Revival Sunset Chapel Enlivens a Forest Clearing in Central Africa

FATmaison’s Translucent Revival Sunset Chapel Enlivens a Forest Clearing in Central Africa

Revival Sunset Chapel combines local tradition and contemporary design by mixing materials like Cor-ten steel, u-glass, and stainless steel with pinewood and aluminum. The chapel, originally commissioned

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LILAC: UK’s First Strawbale Co-Housing Project Opens in Leeds

LILAC: UK’s First Strawbale Co-Housing Project Opens in Leeds

The Low Impact Living Affordable Community (LILAC) recently opened its doors to a community of earth-friendly Leeds residents. Each of the 20 homes was built using straw bale construction and timber and

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Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

Off-Grid Nomad Shelters Provide Relief from the Sun for Tourists in Italy

The 2010 coastal architecture project for seaside facilities competition for the Sardinian coast asked for new structures and facilities for tourism and recreation in the area. Filippo Taidelli Architetto

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Geodesic DOM(E) is a Self-Sufficient Prefab Home for All Seasons

Geodesic DOM(E) is a Self-Sufficient Prefab Home for All Seasons

The building has an self-supporting internal structure made from laminated timber with metal mounts, 200mm insulation and a 9mm fiber concrete slab covered with liquid rubber as exterior finish. On the

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First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

First-Time Dutch Home Buyers Can Build Their Own IbbN Flat-Packed Prefab Houses for Under $150k

The Dutch city of Nijmegen wants to help first time home buyers get into the market even if they don't have a lot of money. Families who earn between €30,000 and €47,000 have an opportunity to join

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Xiangxiangxiang: China’s First Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Opens its Doors

Xiangxiangxiang: China’s First Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Opens its Doors

Xiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel is made from 35 repurposed shipping containers, and is located in the tourist area of Tianxia Duchenghuang. Featuring exterior and interior spaces for work and

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Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

Sky City: World’s Tallest Tower to Break Ground in June

Sky City will be prefabricated off site in three months, and it will then be assembled in just seven months. Reaching up 838 meters (2,749 feet), the 220-floor tower will feature residential, office

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Perkins + Will’s Prefab Sprout Space Classroom is a Healthy, Green Learning Environment

Perkins + Will’s Prefab Sprout Space Classroom is a Healthy, Green Learning Environment

Approximately 7.5 million students in the US are taught in more than 300,000 portable classrooms. Many of them are outdated. Sprout Space offers an alternative to yesterday's portable classrooms. Created

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BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

BVN Architecture Unveils 3D Puzzle Emergency Shelter at Melbourne Exhibition

The Melbourne Emergency Shelter Exhibition lasted from May 1-5, 2013 and was held in Federation Square where leading architects from the area designed and built emergency shelters. The purpose of the

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Repurposed Shipping Container Offices by DX Arquitectos Pop Up in Santiago de Chile

Repurposed Shipping Container Offices by DX Arquitectos Pop Up in Santiago de Chile

Located next to Santiago´s very busy Santa Rosa road in the San Miguel area, this group of shipping containers serves as Muebles Gacitúa´s central hub. The containers were once used to ship products

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House Uesslingen: Swiss Prefab Home Topped With a Sawtooth Roof

House Uesslingen: Swiss Prefab Home Topped With a Sawtooth Roof

Limited by planning laws, Spillmann Echsle found a way to incorporate the iconic pitched roof into the Uesslingen house design while also giving it a contemporary spin that references factories in the

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Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

Solar-Powered Berlin Home Features a Camouflaging Pixelated Facade

The color gradient of the house is laid out so it gets darker close towards the ground and blends with the adjacent treetops. The pixel-like façade combines sustainable technologies with traditional

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Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento: Prefab Ecuadorian House Made From 900 LEGO-Like Concrete Blocks

Casa Pentimento is a dwelling placed on a gentle slope that is made almost entirely from precast concrete modules which simultaneously determine its structure and its relationship with the terrain. The

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Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is Dedicated to Environmental Youth Education in San Francisco

Crissy Field Center is a state-of-the-art youth education facility that includes classrooms, a science lab, an art room, an administrative space and the Beach Hut cafe. Children from around the Bay Area

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Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

Stunning Prefab Northcote Home Combines Minimalist and Passive Design in Australia

The three bedroom modular residence was carefully arranged on the site to avoid excess solar gain in summer while making the most of winter daylight. Extensive floor to ceiling glazing on the lower level

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Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

Spherical Ekinoid Shelter is a Self-Sufficient, Disaster-Proof Prefab Home

An Ekinoid Home is 34 feet in diameter and sits elevated above the ground on supports. Accessed via a spiral staircase, which also doubles as the hydroponic garden, the home provides 2,500 sq ft (239 sq

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Studio G Architects Unveils Modular Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA

Studio G Architects Unveils Modular Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA

Studio G Architects recently completed the design and construction of the Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis, MA. By stretching the technology and capabilities of permanent modular construction, the

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A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

A-Lab Completes Stacked Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five rectangular

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The Wedge: Heimplanet’s New Inflatable Two-Person Tent Pops Up in a Snap

The Wedge: Heimplanet’s New Inflatable Two-Person Tent Pops Up in a Snap

Even though air is lighter than metal, at 7.1 pounds The Wedge actually weighs quite a bit more than your standard backpacking tent. That's because it features thick air tubes and requires you to

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Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village!

Marinetek Unveils Finland’s First Floating Village!

The architectural style of the village was inspired by traditional northern boat sheds, which are made of wood and feature black pitched roofs. Currently two floating homes are finished, and once

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Nomadic Resorts’ Tiny Prefab Pod Homes Can Pop Up Anywhere

Nomadic Resorts’ Tiny Prefab Pod Homes Can Pop Up Anywhere

Nomadic Resorts’ mobile Looper pod is made from a lightweight tensile fabric stretched over a sustainably sourced wooden frame. The structure's shape was inspired by the form of caterpillars - it's made

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