Gallery: Casa Garoza: Spanish Prefab Prototype is Designed to Grow Over...

 
This simple yet beautiful prefab home in Spain is designed to seamlessly grow over time to accommodate the changing needs of the residents. Designed by Herreros Arquitectos, Casa Garoza is a rectangular home made of basic materials that features a single-pitched roof and clerestory windows. The house is the first model for a new industrialized modular prefab prototype -- it currently consists of a studio with a kitchen, living and dining room and a loft, but it was designed to eventually expand to include another half with more bedrooms.

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 sections are transported via truck, then hoisted into place on top of a foundation of piers. After all the modules are in place the exterior skin is sealed up. Each module is fabricated in a factory and includes all the interior finishes, built-in furniture and part of the exterior.

The modules are the maximum size for shipment via roads in Spain (3m wide, 2.50m high, and up to 12m long), which is much smaller than what we can transport in the US. Limitations in transport sizes, whether in the US or Europe, have a huge effect on the design of prefab homes.

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