Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Drop House


The Drop House landed on the prefab scene after winning the Modular Architecture Challenge in 2005 with its gorgeous aesthetic and easily-customizable system. A partial prototype was installed at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris at the time, and now, the stunning structure has been brought to life in full form – all 48 gorgeous square meters. Architects Antoine Cordier, Olivier Charles and Armel Neouze created the Drop House concept to exemplify “private housing, industry and customization.” The design is turning heads for its potential to minimize waste, reduce energy and settle in style with the option to move on a whim.

The design is weighted along a central axis with “pop-out” extensions forming the kitchen, bath, second bedroom and entry. The layout provides maximum space within the constraints of a completely portable container that can “close-up” when the extended living spaces are removed.

When sited properly, the structure presents an opportunity for passive solar with materials that maximize thermal performance. The steel framework is fitted with slat timber cladding at the main living spaces. The external joinery is composed of lacquered aluminum with thermal break and low-emissivity double glazing. The back of the structure is insulated with closed timber cladding on steel sandwich panel with 80mm rock wool.

As the design project evolves, we’ll look forward to bringing more details about its impact in regard to materials and manufacturing. In the meantime, it’s clear that this inviting spatial experience brings yet another dimension to sustainable prefab housing.

Drop House
Interior design/décor Delphine Fromental/Alinea


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  1. james_lamb3 October 14, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    There was a group from the university in Boulder, Colorado that did a similar build. Their object was to create an affordable attractive home (trailer/ mobile home). His name is Michael Hughes and the project was called TrailerWrap. He did a guest lecture at my school of architecture and i was impressed. I like this one too, maybe more than his. Google it.

  2. latinioltralpe June 8, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Same questions that knufunk asked: only a piece of art or a true affordable home? I love it too.

  3. knufunk June 4, 2008 at 9:40 am

    So is this house going to be produced or is it going to be just another gorgeous concept which never came true?
    I really hope it’ll be 1.produced 2. at a price which makes it truly affordable for all the young folks like myself who simply can’t afford building a decent house otherwise 3. available in different sizes.
    I love it.

  4. Daniel January 18, 2008 at 2:14 am

    I love the modern open design and by the fact that it minimizes energy and reduces waste is plus. Now that we’re starting to realize just how fragile our environment is, this would be the perfect home of the future. I could imagine myself living in this kind of structure because of its openess. And by the fact that you can have a view of your surroundings from the inside, and still be able to pertain maximum privacy from the outside is terrific!!! To all the architects who designed this extraordinary home I say well done!!!!! You’ve really inspired me to become an architect. Bravo! Bravo!


  5. annette halten December 18, 2007 at 7:37 am

    good morning, would you be able to give a price for your wonderful house yet?
    thank you for an answer

  6. Christopher Burgess December 14, 2007 at 4:56 am

    Good Morning.
    Firstly, i want to say how much i love the DROP house.
    Absolutely love it. Aesthetically it is almost as amazing as the idea itself.

    I would also like some prices on this.
    Total costs, if it was being shipped to the UK.
    Look forward to your reply.

    Thank you

  7. Chel October 24, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    yeaah … presentare este modelito en un curso de perspectivas !! . que bien me encanta esa simplicidad ! 😀

  8. Home sweet home at TheS... October 23, 2007 at 11:40 pm

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  9. antoine October 17, 2007 at 7:20 am


    Sorry for my english, french are latin people, so quite bad in english…but i’ll improve it
    DropHouse team invite you have a look in (may be not the greatest website…for shure…but ‘ll soon in english and russian)
    we’ll be also glad to share our others projects (ChanChan, Stockholm, 104 in Paris…)
    Thanks for your comments (+ and -)
    just wainting built in US….why not

    A bientot

    Drop architectes

  10. michele morgan October 12, 2007 at 10:23 am

    This is amazing and I’ve forwarded to a great architect as well as pasted you on my site. I looks like it would feel like the greatest playhouse any one could dream of.

  11. Ed Green October 6, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Great cutting edge design! Does the structure meet any U.S. building codes? This would make a great structure in an eco-friendly spa resort. Keep me posted on the development.

  12. Rick Ostrander October 6, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    Now that Algeco has purchased Williams Scotsman, I look forward to US availability of Drop House and other cutting-edge European designs. Attractive and affordable prefab housing in the US is a concept and an industry poised for takeoff. Show me more.

  13. fenomanalogy October 6, 2007 at 8:53 am

    Great design—it looks surprisingly spacious inside, and I love the little ladder-accessible loft.

  14. Alex October 6, 2007 at 6:17 am

    Very pretty, how much? Abd how much less if the sliding bits didn’t actually slide, but were just bolted in place I wonder?

    And, having looked at their website, why is it that so many architects have such bad websites? I mean who tought of white text on mid grey background and annoying pop-ups?. I’m never sure of people who are in design who can’t get their sites right, but… anyway I’ll wait to see more.

  15. eco-a October 5, 2007 at 10:19 am

    I love the fact that designers are turning their heads towards more space efficient and compact design, while maintaining a feeling of space and openness using massive amounts of natural lighting. A beautiful design, I can’t wait to get one of my own. Now, where’d they put that darn price tag?

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