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PREFAB FRIDAY: 'Option' Modular House by WeberHaus

by , 12/28/07

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German prefab firm WeberHaus and architect Peter C. Jakob of Bauart have made a stylish case for sustainable living with the modular concept ‘Option House’. Driven by a modern aesthetic and energy-efficient elements, Option is a fully functional, light-filled dwelling that delivers low-impact living in just 70 square meters of elegant and understated space.


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As a two-story cube, ‘Option’ offers living and dining rooms, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. All are illuminated with natural light from four generous and strategically placed windows. Awnings or terraces can be configured around the basic version or expanded layouts in L- or U- shapes. As a modular construct with a direct form, ‘Option’ can easily evolve with additional extensions.

In typical Deutsche building form, ‘Option’ has a highly developed and insulated building envelope, apparent at any window-wall junction. The combination of excellent thermal comfort, ample natural daylight, concise space and fossil-fuel free heating elements makes this prefab equally friendly to experience, economy and environment.

+ Option at Red Dot
+ WeberHaus.de
+ Bauart.ch

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15 Comments

  1. patrik freisler February 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

    I could build you a house like that fully finished with kitchen and bathroom and a carport for less than €100k this do not include the price of the lot.

  2. Boulder LEED Platinum H... October 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    [...] a relatively new concept in the US, the German company Weberhaus has long been developing prefab house construction technology for 50 years. Designed by Studio H:T [...]

  3. ollie carroll November 6, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    building timber frame home in ireland

  4. Simon May 13, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Flat roofs contribute to urban heat effet when they’re covered with dark surfaces, with low reflectivity. I’ve read it can reach around 80 C (176 F). To solve this problem it is now possible to use white and reflective materials.

    more info about urban heat island: http://www.enviroliteracy.org/article.php/190.php

    By the way, we had more than 4.5 meters (15 feet) of snow this winter in Québec City, and very few problems with flat roofs.

  5. Inhabitat » ORQUI... March 27, 2008 at 10:57 am

    [...] popping up next to another. This lead them to design the installation as a series of interconnected modular structures (14 in all) specialized for a variety of functions including event halls, butterfly reserves, and [...]

  6. John W. January 6, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    While I love this design esthetically, I always thought flat roofs were a no-no due to the fact that they created heat which is sent back up to the environment contributing to the warming of our planet. Isn’t that why we were suppose to place gardens on top of these buildings? I’m not seeing the green on top are you?

  7. Naomi December 30, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    My question is, why aren’t these energy efficient modular offerings/designs ever more “cozy” looking? Because, not everyone has this ultra-modern taste…. including me. I feel that if there could be some “softer designs” offered in addition that there would likely be an even broader appeal for this lifestyle choice of living smaller, as it were.

  8. amit December 30, 2007 at 6:16 am

    i loved interior spaces and volume of architecture and the way it is materialised.

  9. DUDBLANKPATHETIC December 29, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    this project got me to idea: the less space you occupy the less you damage you bring. it’s kind of absurd, no?
    i’d love to live in such a house. amazing!

  10. Greg La Vardera December 29, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Flat roofs are not impractical in the snow. I don’t know where people get this from, but every city that gets snow has thousands of buildings with flat roofs.

  11. dr. miguel stroe December 29, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    what kind of prices are they listed at

  12. Edwin December 29, 2007 at 3:12 am

    Great design. Somewhere I read “affordable” however the price in U.S. dollars (or any other currency) is not mentioned. Does anyone know what this structure costs?

  13. Chris Meisenzahl December 28, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Wow, some very nice stuff in there!

  14. Joyce December 28, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Beautiful!

  15. btc December 28, 2007 at 8:21 am

    I love these houses since I saw them for the first time. One thing about flat roofs – impractical during the snow.

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