Resolution: 4 Architecture, a pillar in the prefab community, has a new completed project to brag about. It’s called the Swingline- a vacation home in the Hamptons built for a Manhattan-based family with sustainable style on the brain. Though Res4 has been producing prefab concepts for years, from the Dwell Home to their Mountain Retreat, we’ve never been able to see real live photos of real live construction from these architects (save for their brilliant rapid prototype birdhouses) until now, and the Swingline house proves that their prototypes don’t hold empty promises.
Manufactured by Simplex Industries, Swingline’s exterior is made from T&G Clear Cedar Siding and Cembonit Board, and the interior uses maple and bamboo for cabinetry and flooring. The ample home has two master suites, five bathrooms, a pool and pool house and a roof deck.
No doubt the scale of the Swingline stokes the fire on the debate over how big is too big for prefab. In fact, at 4,200 square feet, the project really begs the question in general. How much space do we really need — particularly for a home we use only part of the year? And if it’s necessary to take a round-trip journey to and from the place on each visit, how green can the place really be? The all-inclusive impact of building and using it is far from negligible, no matter how many green materials went into it. Nevertheless, we sometimes need a flash of fantasy-level amazement like glamorous green prefabs and speedy little electric sportscars to see that sustainable approaches can exist in unexpected places. + Resolution: 4 Architecture