Gallery: High-Tech itHouse Prefab by Taalman Koch


We’ve been following LA-based Taalman Koch Architects and their development of a systematized method for building sustainable prefab houses for the past few years. Now, a completed itHouse has landed outside of Joshua Tree National Park in what is going to become a new planned community called Three Junipers. If you have been reading along with us, you would know that the house is off-grid and powered solely by photovoltaic and solar thermal technology. Not to mention, the modest home makes minimal disturbance to its site, has a small footprint (1,600 sq ft), and uses native plants in its landscaping. This high-desert version of the itHouse adds to their previous work with more efficient energy systems, and new furniture and accessories.

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  1. The Revolution Corporation October 26, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    Why would Inhabitat publish an article that speaks favorably of *anything* built adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park?

    “future-forward design for the world you inhabit” … I don’t think any of us out here see this as future forward design… And, I really hope that $682/SF was a typo.

  2. ansonm October 24, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    I agree, almost $750 a square foot for a place that cannot keep a comfortable temp is ridiculous. Although the place looks good and has a comfortable connection to the natural setting around it it is simply not livable.

  3. fritter October 24, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    This house, like many others like it, is a massive failure. If you read the Dwell article on this same house, the owner/architects admit that the house gets “really hot” and “really cold”. In other words, it is not doing it’s job of keeping the occupants comfortable, protecting them from the environment (drastic temperature swings) and conserving energy.

    I personally am getting a little tired of seeing the promotion of these “ultra cool looking” glass houses that are somehow supposed to be green just because they use a pre-fab system. The lifetime energy consumption of the house is a larger factor!

    We are nearing completion of a straw bale house. and while not as “off the shelf” as these trendy system houses, it is already staying warm (during the night) and cool (during the day) with no mechanical systems help (and we haven’t even insulated the attic or installed garage entry doors yet!

    750K for an 1100 sq ft house that doesn’t work? A tent from Wal-mart is a better deal!

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