Slovenian firm SoNo Arhitekti recently unveiled the Musterhaus, a passive prefab house that combines chic minimalist design with energy-efficient building techniques. The single-family house was built for Lumar IG, a manufacturer of low energy and passive prefab structures, and is currently on display in FertigHausZentrum, one of the world’s biggest show parks for prefab houses. Unlike its more traditional neighbors that sport gabled roofs and timber facades, the 180-square-meter Musterhaus stands out with its contemporary cubic aesthetic and large white format panel cladding.
At first glance, the most eye-catching feature of the two-story Musterhaus is its glazed corner facade that lets generous amounts of natural light into its double-height living area. White rectangular panels that reinforce the home’s cubic geometry surround the glazed section, while the roofs are slightly angled to keep the minimalist home from looking too boxy and square. The differently shaped building volumes that make up the building’s shape are offset from one another for visual interest and to create overhangs for shaded terraces.
The interior walls and furniture echo the exterior’s square geometry and are constructed from a minimalist materials palette dominated by timber surfaces and a black and white color scheme. The first floor comprises the living areas and a shaded outdoor terrace, while the upper levels house the bedrooms. To minimize energy demands, the Musterhaus was installed with a thermally insulated foundation, triple-glazed windows, as well as advanced ventilation and shading systems.