Prefab Housing

Inflatable Bathroom Bubble Pops Up on Any Rooftop for a Truly Serene Soak

Inflatable Bathroom Bubble Pops Up on Any Rooftop for a Truly Serene Soak

The Bathroom Bubble is part of a traveling exhibition called Pop Up My Bathroom, which explores the concept of the modern bathroom through the eyes of top designers.  Bathroom Bubble offers all the

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Carter Williamson’s Flat-Packed Emergency Shelter Debuts in Martin Place in Sydney

Carter Williamson’s Flat-Packed Emergency Shelter Debuts in Martin Place in Sydney

Carter Williamson's Emergency Shelter--also known as "Grid"--is based on a system of a standard 2.4-meter material lengths and truck-load capacity. These standard lengths allow it to be flat-packed and

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Harm Rensink’s Pop-Up Inflatable Spa Gives City Dwellers Health of Body and Peace of Mind

Harm Rensink’s Pop-Up Inflatable Spa Gives City Dwellers Health of Body and Peace of Mind

Harm Rensink's Urban Spa is an experimental space designed to give people in populated cities a space to unwind and relax. The project consists of a translucent plastic bubble that is filled with steam

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Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

Video Interview with Green Home Designer Michelle Kaufmann

At a West Coast Green conference in San Francisco, we were lucky enough to not only get a sneak peek of the Michelle Kaufmann mkLotus prefab house, but also to speak with the designer herself to get the

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Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Rainbow Prefab Duplex is the First Certified PassivHaus in British Columbia

Each home in the Rainbow Passive House Duplex is 1,500 square feet and comes with an unfinished basement, three bedrooms, and two bathrooms. The home achieves a 90 percent reduction in energy use because

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SMPL Design Studio’s Latest Energy-Efficient Prefab Duplex is Prepped for the Cold in Canada

SMPL Design Studio’s Latest Energy-Efficient Prefab Duplex is Prepped for the Cold in Canada

The YK Duplex 2 was constructed at SMPLy Mod Prefab Homes' factories, which are located north of Edmonton, Alberta. Design was handled by their sister company SMPL Design Studio and developed by

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Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Michael Maltzan’s Prefab Star Apartments Are Currently Rising in Downtown LA

Located at 6th Street and Maple Avenue along the border of Skid Row, Star Apartments is a new model for urban development. This is the third project by Michael Maltzan for Skid Row Housing Trust after

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Port-A-Bach: A Globetrotting Shipping Container Micro Home on Wheels!

Port-A-Bach: A Globetrotting Shipping Container Micro Home on Wheels!

Portable, secure and comparatively inexpensive, the Port-A-Bach is a home made from a single repurposed shipping container. It can accommodate two adults and two children, and every inch was

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The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

Christophe Veen and Bart de Groot from Buro Beehive designed the BEEBOX to serve as a self-contained workplace. Buro Beehive works to transform underutilized buildings into affordable workspaces for

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Innovative Sprout Space Prefab Classroom On Its Way to the National Building Museum

Innovative Sprout Space Prefab Classroom On Its Way to the National Building Museum

Sprout Space has a threefold mission: to provide healthy, sustainable, and flexible spaces for students to learn. Perkins + Will's design rethinks the issues associated with temporary and modular

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A Prototype of the AbleNook Rapidly Deployable Emergency Modular Living Unit is Now Complete

A Prototype of the AbleNook Rapidly Deployable Emergency Modular Living Unit is Now Complete

AbleNook was designed by Sean Verdecia and Jason Ross as part of an architecture project while at the University of South Florida. The summer-long independent study project turned into a real-world

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Modscape’s Point Leo Prefab is a Bold & Sustainable Seaside Home In Australia

Modscape’s Point Leo Prefab is a Bold & Sustainable Seaside Home In Australia

Modscape's Point Leo Prefab is a 5 bedroom home with 220 sq m (2,368 sq ft) of space. Entertaining and public spaces are located on the ground floor and private rooms are on the upper level. A large open

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Low Energy MZ House in Barcelona Achieves Energy and Cost Efficiency Through Prefab Construction

Low Energy MZ House in Barcelona Achieves Energy and Cost Efficiency Through Prefab Construction

Photo © Rodrigo Díaz-Wichmann In renovations like this one, numerous factors play a huge role in deciding what is renovated, what materials are used, and what construction/design strategies are

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Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

Simpatico Prototype is a Net-Zero Prefab Home in Emeryville, CA

Simpatico Homes is based on a prefab system whereby clients can create a semi-custom home by combining pre-designed modular units. The prototype is a 2-story, 3 bedroom home on a narrow urban infill lot

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Blu Homes Offers Discounts on Prefab Homes for Hurricane Sandy Victims

Blu Homes Offers Discounts on Prefab Homes for Hurricane Sandy Victims

As the East Coast continues its long uphill battle to rebuild, a process which could take a decade, Blu Homes wants to join that effort with quickly-built prefab homes. Using durable materials and energy

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Unity Homes’ New Xyla Prefab Pops Up in Just Three Days

Unity Homes’ New Xyla Prefab Pops Up in Just Three Days

The Unity Home model is broken down into panels, making the materials easy to ship anywhere in simple flat packs. Saving money and carbon emissions, an entire home can be transported in just one shipment.

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The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The Eames House Sparked New Thinking in Modern Living

The innovative design of the Eames home and studio began in 1945 when Arts & Architecture magazine launched the ambitious Case Study House Program, commissioning progressive-thinking architects of the

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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

The initial shell cost $154,000, which is said to be on the low end of local home prices, and was constructed off site before it was assembled on its present lot in 2009. All of the basics of sustainable

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

Shipping container photo from Shutterstock Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes - they're readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to

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10-Story Prefabricated Turbo Tower in Chandigarh to be Constructed in 48 hours

10-Story Prefabricated Turbo Tower in Chandigarh to be Constructed in 48 hours

In the town of Mohali, a suburb just outside of Chandigarh in northwest India, a 10-story tower is being constructed in just 48-hours! The visionary behind this project, Harpal Singh of the infrastructure

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Wolfgang Tschapeller’s St. Joseph House is a Prefab Flood-Resistant Home in Austria

Wolfgang Tschapeller’s St. Joseph House is a Prefab Flood-Resistant Home in Austria

The structure hovers over a shallow pit which can be utilized as a car port or storage space. The 4 supports include a one-legged element, two two-legged ones and one three-legged element that elevates

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The DROP Eco-Hotel is a Portable Prefab Pod Home for the Modern Nomad

The DROP Eco-Hotel is a Portable Prefab Pod Home for the Modern Nomad

In-Tenta designed the DROP Eco-Hotel to provide a mobile dwelling for modern nomads. The prefabricated structure consists of a central tube capped on either end by big fully operable bubble windows that

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Sumaya: An Elegant Hand-Crafted Mobile Home Clad in Cedar

Sumaya: An Elegant Hand-Crafted Mobile Home Clad in Cedar

Phil Duloy has built one of the most beautiful mobile homes we have ever seen. The “Sumaya” is a sustainable, energy-efficient rolling house wrapped in cedar. Phil was inspired to build the Sumaya for

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Blu Homes Acquires Modular Home Builder Modern Cabana

Blu Homes Acquires Modular Home Builder Modern Cabana

Last week, prefab housing builder Blu Homes announced the purchase of Modern Cabana. The San Francisco-based modular home provider is well known for its backyard accessory dwelling and workshop

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Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

Solar-Powered SAMVS Modular Housing Units Are Super Snappy to Build

SAMVS open modular houses make a great solution for low income housing programs given their fast construction time, simple materials, modularity and overall efficiency. Comprised of modules that serve

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Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Method Homes Unveils Net-Zero Prefab Paradigm Series at Greenbuild in San Francisco

Designed for Method Homes by New York-based Bogue Trondowski Architects, the Paradigm series is planned in its entirety to be as low-impact as possible. Clad in FSC-certified western red cedar (but

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Micasa Lab’s Cocoon 1 is a Transparent Piece of Bubble Furniture You Can Live In

Micasa Lab’s Cocoon 1 is a Transparent Piece of Bubble Furniture You Can Live In

Cocoon 1 measures 180cm in diameter and comes with three basic (and colorful) modules, including the 360 foundation that keeps the ball from rolling away with you in it and two pillow 90 modules that

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Building Trust International Highlights Solutions for Affordable, Single-Occupant Housing

Building Trust International Highlights Solutions for Affordable, Single-Occupant Housing

The winning design was produced by London-based Levitt Bernstein Associates. Their design, entitled Pop Up HAWSE (Homes through Apprenticeships With Skills for Employment) tackles homelessness in the

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Solar-Powered Modular N2X035 Home Peers Overs the Ocean in Portugal

Solar-Powered Modular N2X035 Home Peers Overs the Ocean in Portugal

Completed earlier in 2012, the 156 square meter home was designed to fill in some ruins on the elevated site. The beautiful stone walls were left virtually undisturbed and two identical modular boxes

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Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

Efficient SIP Laneway House Pops Up in an Unused Urban Backyard in Vancouver

Back in 2009, Vancouver changed its zoning to allow home owners to build Auxiliary Dwelling Units in their backyards as long the new home was accessed via the back lane. These Laneway Houses are becoming

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