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LOFTCUBE: Prefab for Rooftops

Posted By Jill Fehrenbacher On May 4, 2005 @ 7:43 pm In Architecture,New York City,Prefab Housing | 24 Comments

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Being a young New Yorker and realizing that I am never going to be able to buy property in New York has got me thinking about prefabs [2]. Specifically about buying an inexpensive prefab house and sticking it on a rooftop. This seems particularly appropriate to the vertical landscape of Manhattan, where there is nowhere to go but up. Apparently wealthy Londoners are taking to the idea of rooftop living. Treehugger [3] reports on a company called First Penthouse [4] that puts chi-chi penthouses on top of London roofs. Sounds lovely, but with the $3,000,000 for 2,000 square feet price tag, this is a little out of my price range.

The Loftcube [5], built by Werner Aisslinger, is more what I had in mind, at ?55,000. Its specifically designed for rooftops and is transportable by helicopter. Still this is a little too Jetsons for me. Aren’t there any companies out there doing inexpensive, eco-friendly wood + glass prefabs for rooftops? I know you are out there. I am waiting for you!

What I don’t get is why all these rooftop building ideas are coming out of Europe. None of their cities are as dense as Manhattan. Why isn’t anyone doing this here? There is a dearth of information about building on rooftops in manhattan, google it as I might.
If anyone has any more information, please drop me a line.

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[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2005/05/04/rooftop-houses/rooftophouses_copy1/

[2] prefabs: http://www.inhabitat.com/archives/archive_2005-w16.php

[3] Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/05/first_penthouse.php

[4] First Penthouse: http://www.firstpenthouse.co.uk/

[5] Loftcube: http://www.loftcube.net/

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