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FLATPAK COMES TO LIFE: The Goodwin-Wise Flatpak House

Posted By Mike Chino On March 21, 2008 @ 2:00 pm In Architecture,Prefab Housing | 1 Comment

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Two years of development have found the world’s first production FlatPak house [2] well on track to becoming a real home for the Goodwin-Wise family. Artist and owner Amy Goodwin [3] recently posted a stunning set of photos [4] on her website to document the construction progress of her Flatpak home, showcasing the modern design marvel in fine form. Nestled amid verdant greenery in Massachusetts, the Goodwin-Wise house has weathered some kinks in the woodwork (i.e. a two year assembly period), but by the looks of things the streamlined process and final product have been well worth the wait.


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We first wrote about [2] architect Charles Lazor’s ultra customizable Flatpak House [5] in 2005 [2], when it broke ground as a system of modernist house components that can be made to order, flat packed to ship, and assembled on-site. Everything is accounted for, including walls, cabinets, bathrooms, kitchen, and built-in fixtures. Detail craving design mavens will find no lack of customizable considerations, as a plethora of component materials, colors and finishes are available.

This all adds up to the promise of the FlatPak system [5]: a carefully composed synergy of personal needs and site-specific details. Natural light and temperature profiles are considered, and the houses are well insulated, featuring high performing thermal glass. The lack of on-site construction cuts waste, and a stringent set of manufacturing controls ensures that the houses are built to last.

It’s great to see the enormous potential of Flatpak [2] building finally come to fruition in the form of a beautiful home for the Goodwin-Wise family. Congrats Amy!

+ Amy Goodwin’s photos of the Flatpak house > [6]
+ Flatpak House [5]

+ Inhabitat Coverage of Flatpak – March 2005 [2]

Via Jetson Green [7]


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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/21/flatpak-comes-to-life-the-goodwin-flatpak-house/

[2] FlatPak house: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/04/22/flatpak-house/

[3] Amy Goodwin: http://amygoodwin.typepad.com/amy_goodwin/2007/09/our-flatpak-hou.html

[4] stunning set of photos: http://amygoodwin.typepad.com/photos/building_the_goodwinwise_/index.html

[5] Flatpak House: http://www.flatpackhouse.com/

[6] + Amy Goodwin’s photos of the Flatpak house >: http://amygoodwin.typepad.com/photos/building_the_goodwinwise_/out.html

[7] Via Jetson Green: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2007/09/building-the-go.html

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