Since the last time we touted Studio 804′s design/build prefab projects, the University of Kansas studio group has completed construction and landed the prestigious Home Of The Year Award, given annually by Architecture magazine. Their prefab Modular 3 home, which was conceptualized, designed, and built all within a twenty-week long semester, earned the award with its modular framework, environmentally-friendly materials, and gorgeously modern aesthetic.
Environmental sustainability was a big part of the design: only eco-friendly materials were chosen (water-based sealants, bamboo flooring,) and energy efficiency was maximized through the use of recycled cellulose insulation and efficient HVAC units.
This stunning finished house is a great example of how effective prefab construction can be when it is well designed. Although we have seen many great ideas for prefab projects, it is such a small proportion that makes it off the drawing boards and into construction, much less into mass production. Drawing on the experience of previous projects, Studio 804 was able to design and construct a home employing off-site, modular construction techniques as well as environmentally friendly materials, in a mere 20 weeks. For that alone, they are totally deserving of the Home of the Year award. Congrats to Studio 804!… We hope more architecture schools will follow in your footsteps.