Architect David Rockwell just unveiled a new line of elegant prefab homes for the luxury market. The prolific designer unveiled his first prefab home, "Pinwheel", at the Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles in June. Rockwell is well-known for his work in cross-disciplinary architecture, and he's partnering with Fred Carl of the upscale appliance company Viking Range for his new venture into prefab housing.
In many cases, prefab architecture is still judged as low-cost, mid-quality design. However, Rockwell hopes that by incorporating vibrant new concepts of elegance and quality into prefab architecture, a new market will open for modular luxury design that comes with same minimal environmental costs.
Rockwell’s first foray into prefab architecture will reject the “cookie-cutter container” look for something more inviting and personable. The 2,400 square-foot home will have two bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and space for an office or additional bedroom. A 500-square-foot interior courtyard will be at the center of the home, blending the outdoors with the interior living space. “I love the fact that you have this little private retreat where you can entertain outdoors and it’s connected directly to the kitchen,” Rockwell says.
In terms of location and aesthetic, Rockwell-designed homes will be highly versatile and able to fit into any landscape and climate. A hanging screen on the outside of the house will come in a variety of materials such as steel, reclaimed wood and green landscaping, giving homeowners a personalized design.
Via Fast CoDesign