Prefab Housing

VIDEO: Shipping-Container Homes from Lot-ek

VIDEO: Shipping-Container Homes from Lot-ek

Anyone who reads Inhabitat with regularity knows we love shipping-container architecture, and are big fans of the creative NYC architecture firm Lot-ek. We've raved about their Recycled Airplane Library

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Adam Kalkin’s Quik House

PREFAB FRIDAY: Adam Kalkin’s Quik House

If you were to look up “mad genius” in the dictionary, you might find a picture of Adam Kalkin. One glance through his vast portfolio and it’s clear that this is not the work of an

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Toyota Gets Into Prefab Housing

PREFAB FRIDAY: Toyota Gets Into Prefab Housing

Toyota's inching its tentacles into just about every facet of future-forward living. The Prius, of course, has become a household term synonymous with hybrid transportation; then there was the

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PREFAB FRIDAY: WeeHouse

PREFAB FRIDAY: WeeHouse

Prefab Friday has been a great way to build up the Inhabitat prefab archive, giving us a weekly reason to look for new developments in the industry, or add in old favorites. The weeHouse from Alchemy

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Modern Cabana

PREFAB FRIDAY: Modern Cabana

Say the word “cabana” and most people immediately conjure ideas of banana daiquiris, palm trees and flower print shirts. However, take one look at The Modern Cabana and a totally different

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Zenkaya

PREFAB FRIDAY: Zenkaya

We are really excited about the potential of Zenkaya, a great new prefab out of South Africa that has been making the rounds lately. Based on the idea of providing “a headache free process with

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Prefab Fridays: METROSHED

Prefab Fridays: METROSHED

What was once an oversized and overlooked backyard toolbox has suddenly become a desirable hang out, thanks to designs like the Modern Shed and the recently released Metroshed. This 13' x 8' Metroshed

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Eco-Tech Design

PREFAB FRIDAY: Eco-Tech Design

The more important it becomes to incorporate environmental sustainability into building design, the more we see architecture sharing a seat with the natural sciences. Monitoring weather patterns, UV

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PREFAB FRIDAY: SUNSET CABIN

PREFAB FRIDAY: SUNSET CABIN

Although it's not your typical prefab, we found the level of design and approachable scale of this Canadian cabin to be irresistibly charming. The owners asked Toronto-based architecture firm Taylor-Smyth

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GET A FREE VINTAGE PREFAB – DEADLINE APRIL 12

GET A FREE VINTAGE PREFAB – DEADLINE APRIL 12

The divergence of prefab from its original utilitarian intentions has some buyers in a snit - How did prefabrication turn into a fashion show? Prefab was invented to be affordable! For those of you who

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Prefabmod

PREFAB FRIDAY: Prefabmod

In a world full of deceptive marketing and ambiguous ad campaigns, it's refreshing to get a straight story; which is why today's prefab pick has such obvious appeal. Prefabmod is exactly what it says it

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Karim Rashid’s KIT24 Update

PREFAB FRIDAY: Karim Rashid’s KIT24 Update

Karim Rashid's Kit24 house was revealed several weeks ago at Toronto's 2006 Interior Design Show. When we last wrote about Kit24, we could only gaze at the candy-coated renderings and dream of how the

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Icelandic Prefab Update

PREFAB FRIDAY: Icelandic Prefab Update

Some time ago, we wrote about Icelandic design firm Glama-Kim's prefab Summerhouse. A few days ago, I got a nice email from architect Olafur Mathiesen with an update on their work, including some great

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Place Homes

PREFAB FRIDAY: Place Homes

While prefabrication lends itself to making the simplest of homes, some designers have been getting mighty fancy with their prefabs lately. We don't mind the bells and whistles, but as the people behind

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Andrew Maynard

PREFAB FRIDAY: Andrew Maynard

We just can't get enough of Andrew Maynard, so we thought we'd say a few more words about him for our Prefab Friday roundup. In the diverse collection of projects in Maynard's portfolio, we get a picture

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

PREFAB FRIDAY: Studio Force4

We've talked a few times about urban bioremediation projects, in which trees and plants are used as tools to clean contaminated land. This kind of renewal not only spares the use of invasive

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PREFAB FRIDAYS: The Clever MINI Home

PREFAB FRIDAYS: The Clever MINI Home

They say that good things come in small packages, and where the new MINI home is concerned, we concur. The compact 480-sq-ft design from Clever Homes makes minimalist living efficient and elegant. With an

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PREFAB: MODULAR DWELLINGS

PREFAB: MODULAR DWELLINGS

Avid readers of ReadyMade magazine may recognize the work of Edgar Blazona. The San Francisco based designer created a do-it-yourself modernist outbuilding featured in issue #10 a while back (see below).

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PREFAB FRIDAYS: M-VIRONMENTS

PREFAB FRIDAYS: M-VIRONMENTS

Michael Jantzen's work transcends modern design. A m-lange of space-age sculpture and tinker-toy experiment, Jantzen's buildings and houses span a vast range of functions and architectural styles. Just

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WIRED on PREFAB

WIRED on PREFAB

Wired magazine has a great new piece on prefab in their latest issue. The article covers some of our favorite leaders in the prefab movement, including Michelle Kaufmann for her Glidehouse, Jennifer

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BUSINESSWEEK LOVES PREFAB

BUSINESSWEEK LOVES PREFAB

As if the recent explosion of publications and conferences about Prefab housing (Prefab Now, Fab Prefab) weren’t enough – now a new article in Business Week confirms what we’ve long

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THE CARDBOARD HOUSE

THE CARDBOARD HOUSE

If you're a fan of prefab homes, you'll love this fabbest-of-prefab Cardboard House. The $35,000, all-cardboard structure comes flat-packed and can be erected on site in under 6 hours. It is both made

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MICRO-MINI HOME

MICRO-MINI HOME

Inspired by the intimate scale of a Japanese tea house and the compact efficiency of a smart-car, students working on a joint project between the Technical University of Munich and the Tokyo Institute of

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AN UNTRASHY TRAILER

AN UNTRASHY TRAILER

If you are a fan of Modern design, and you are in the market for a trailer home, then the stars are aligning for you, my friend. Who knew even five years ago that there would be so many affordable and

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MODERN-SHED

MODERN-SHED

These days I'm feeling a little forlorn that I've moved away from the golden state, and thus missed CA Boom, which just wrapped up last night in Santa Monica. Fortunately the event is being thoroughly

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HIVE MODULAR PREFAB

HIVE MODULAR PREFAB

Hive Modular is three architects who dreamt of building affordable pre-fab homes. Affordable prefab, you ask? Isn't all prefab affordable? Although prefabricated building is meant to be affordable by

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IKEA PREFAB HOUSING

IKEA PREFAB HOUSING

Since IKEA was the innovator of mass-customized, flat-packed furniture it comes as no surprise to learn that the Swedish furniture behemoth is going to start selling prefab houses in the UK next year.

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NEWSWEEK + DESIGN

NEWSWEEK + DESIGN

Whats up? Is Newsweek all of a sudden a design publication? In the past couple months, I keep finding articles about modern, sustainable design in Newsweek/MSNBC. This week there is an article about

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Michelle Kaufmann’s Prefab Breezehouse Opens in Menlo Park, Collaboration With Sunset Magazine

Michelle Kaufmann’s Prefab Breezehouse Opens in Menlo Park, Collaboration With Sunset Magazine

Michelle Kaufmann’s latest eco-prefab house, the Breezehouse, was unveiled to the public this weekend. The newest “clean and green” prefabricated home is a collaboration between Sunset

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STARCHITECT PREFAB

STARCHITECT PREFAB

Although I'm not the biggest Frank Gehry fan, I am a huge fan of prefab housing. Therefore, I am very excited to hear that Gehry is joining the ranks of the Starchitects who design prefab homes. Since

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