Emily Pilloton

PREFAB FRIDAY: Perrinepod

by , 08/10/07

Perrinepod, prefab housing, prefab home, prefabricated, prefab architecture, Jean-mic Perrine, disaster-proof design, earthquake-proof housing

If you need a cute prefab home that can be built in 3 days and withstand everything from earthquakes to cyclones, than the sleek and chic Perrinepod is your answer. This disaster-proof prefab is not only durable, but green in its material, systems, and long life-span. Designed by architect Jean-mic Perrine, Perrinepod merges modern luxury and green living in a compact, modern home. Green features include a Solar Edwards Heat Pump hot water system that uses refrigeration technology in reverse to heat the water. Additionally, Perrinepods can be stacked on top of each other (up to 30 units tall!) to create larger complexes.



Perrinepod, prefab housing, prefab home, prefabricated, prefab architecture, Jean-mic Perrine, disaster-proof design, earthquake-proof housing

When talking about green residences, the discussion often centers around materiality (what’s it made of?) and systems (how is it powered?). The Perrinepod is a good example of green-ness in durability, as its sheer heft and strong walls (made from pre-cast, pre-stressed and tensioned concrete with an R value of 6.8- a typical brick-and-tile house with insulation is R1.9) mean it’s probably not falling apart or going anywhere anytime soon.

If you’re wondering about more traditional green features, the Perrinepod has a high-tech solar system available that powers the home as well as heating water. Additionally, the high-grade concrete provides superior insulation for both hot and cold months.

As for the pricetag, the one-bedroom version, which weighs in at a hefty 114 tons, starts at $125,000, while a three-bedroom, two-bathroom pod starts at $250,000.


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Via Perth Now

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12 Comments

  1. thierryj2007 April 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Very attractive design. I currently live in England and would like to enquire about this product as I am looking to build my house from scratch and was looking for some inspirational model.
    This is just perfect but it is double glazing?
    http://www.homeremovalservices.com

  2. Clemetheus July 10, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    I found this video on youtube, its a timelapse video of the construction of a Perrinepod
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=RG-jFNct5dU

  3. cameron burgess August 31, 2007 at 5:25 am

    a quick look at the corporate website shows that this firm is based in australia – and the prices are AU only. we have investigated purchasing one of these for our new home, and have found that, despite the obvious advantages of prefab, the units can also be cast onsite in remote locations.

    a number of the photos on their site are for a real house that has been established [you can see the building site through the windows]

    as for ‘disaster proof’ – it probably wouldn’t withstand a nuclear blast either. C’mon people – if you were living in an area prone to different types of weather you could either do the smart thing and move elsewhere or adapt the design to suit your requirements

    i imagine a nice set of heavy duty hurricane shutters that could be locked into place across exposed glass would solve the problem.

    and a shell is a better place to start building from than nothing i would think

    but hey, that’s just me

  4. rodrigostoledo.com August 28, 2007 at 9:27 am

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  5. Kristi August 24, 2007 at 10:31 pm

    Disaster proof? Sitting that low to the ground and with all that glass? Looks to me like it wouldn’t hold up in a flood, hurricane, hail storm or tornado. A tornado would break all the glass and suck the insides out! Sure, the concrete would still be standing, but you’d have to completely start over on the interior. Does still having a shell left standing after a storm really qualify it as being distaster proof?

  6. Michaelangelo August 12, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Interesting – a different sort of “tilt-slab” solution! I wonder if the location of the concrete pre-fabrication plant has been factored in – I presume heavy transportation and a crane will also be required to assemble the pieces. In earthquake prone NZ I would be interested in the jointing and insulating/waterproofing detailing of the slabs – especially the roof.

  7. Emperor August 12, 2007 at 9:29 am

    Very nice, very nice indeed. I really like like it and for the first time in prefab history the price isn’t pathetically high. Paying $250.000 for a three bedroom house isn’t much especially if you think it only takes a few days for it to be built. Loved everything about this house, only wish I could have one.

  8. Tyler August 11, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you

  9. Tyler August 11, 2007 at 10:03 am

    Out of the five comments on this page, one is a link to an identical article on a different blog, and two are promoting a get-rich-quick scam. Why are the comment streams increasingly littered with this garbage??? The comment sections are for COMMENTS!!! If I wanted to read the same article on a different blog, I would read THAT blog every day, but I choose inhabitat for its great discussion and interesting topics. There are some comment streams on inhabitat that are nothing more than numerous links to other blogs. I understand trying to support your fellow online journalists, just don’t do it at the expense of areas that are supposed to be for good debate and conversation.

  10. PaulS. August 11, 2007 at 3:43 am

    “,,,the one-bedroom version, which weighs in at a hefty 114 tons…”

    Would one of you structural engineers please tell us how much of a foundation a 114 ton structure requires? I’m guessing it would have to be very substantial. Perhaps they are including the mass of the foundation in the overall weight.

  11. Elepski August 10, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    I like it…

  12. Bob Ellenberg August 10, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Very attractive design with innovations and it appears to be well thought out in many aspects. I’m sure readers will want to know if one has been built or if he is really good at computerized modeling; is it available in the US and if so, are those quoted prices US dollars?

    My criticism is of the attempt to sell us on the low insulation level. It and all the glass may work in a hot climate but not anywhere else and they not only tout how good it is they even illustrate it in a snow covered mountain setting. When you see obvious less than honest claims on something of this significance it causes you to question the credibility of all claims.

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