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PREFAB FRIDAY: Site-Specific’s Minimalist Modern Recycled Prefab

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 29, 2010 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Innovation,Prefab Housing,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments

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Thailand-based modular home designer Site-Specific [2] has announced that they are expanding their line and have even formed a new company specifically devoted to prefab homes [3] for the Thai Market. The first home in their new line is the MDL 5.5×6, a home inspired by the shipping container [4] but modified to make it more practical and livable. Made from recycled materials [5], the one bedroom prefab home is modern, simple, and totally affordable.

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You may remember Site-Specific [2] from their modular green home [6] made from 4 shipping containers and prefab modules. With all of their designs, sustainability is not just about the materials used, but also about encouraging a more sustainable lifestyle. This new prefab model is a modest one-bedroom home, with a living room, bathroom, and an outdoor kitchenette and patio. Even though its only 34 sq meters (395 sq ft), it seems plenty big enough for one person or a couple, even in the US, and is a good start to a simpler, lower impact lifestyle. And the fact that it only costs 60,000 Thai Baht (about US $18,000), makes it an incredibly affordable option.

The design for the home was originally inspired by shipping container architecture [7], but it updates the concept by expanding the dimensions, making it wider and taller than a standard container. Re-appropriated or recycled steel elements are used to build the structure and the exterior is made from compressed wood shavings and recycled milk bottles for a super low-maintenance and durable cladding. Three different roof options are offered for the practical little prefab, but it is unfortunately only available in Thailand right now.

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/01/29/prefab-friday-site-specifics-shipping-container-inspired-prefab/site-specific-mdl-prefab-2/

[2] Site-Specific: http://asitespecificexperiment.wordpress.com/2009/11/03/mdl-5-5x6/

[3] prefab homes: http://www.inhabitat.com/architecture/prefab-housing/

[4] shipping container: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/26/froebe-gold-plated-shipping-container-bling-bar/

[5] recycled materials: http://inhabitat.com../recycledmaterials

[6] modular green home: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/06/prefab-friday-site-specific-thai-family/

[7] shipping container architecture: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/26/harbinger-sg-blocks-prefab/

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