Prefab

The passive MOS Museum of Outdoor Arts can expand in a Fibonacci sequence

The passive MOS Museum of Outdoor Arts can expand in a Fibonacci sequence

Visionaries Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample from MOS are very keen on modular architecture as it allows them to make a project naturally grow just like a living organism's pattern. Their MOA and

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Gorgeous modern Kew House is clad in prefab weathering steel

Gorgeous modern Kew House is clad in prefab weathering steel

Kew House’s successful design is due in part to the collaborative architect-client relationship. The client, who is a structural engineer and boat-restorer, took a hands-on approach to specifying

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Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading

Tectône won the project bid in a 2011 design competition that specified wood as the primary structural material. The housing development was built on a former industrial site and includes 39 multi-family

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Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Modern Kenjo Cabin is a Solar-Powered Floating Room For a Family in Sweden

Limmared, Sweden-based prefab builder Kenjo offers up small prefab cabins designed for those needing more space than can be used as a guest house, relaxation space, office, studio or even a floating

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Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

Method launches impressive new line of affordable prefab homes

Manufacturer of sustainable prefab buildings, Method Homes, teamed up with consultancy Elemental Design to create a new series of modular cost-effective homes that come in six different floorplans. In

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Tiny prefab Sleeping Pod doubles as a guesthouse and office

Tiny prefab Sleeping Pod doubles as a guesthouse and office

Yazdani Studio, the design firm of CannonDesign, created a tiny student prefab housing unit that can also be used as a mobile guesthouse, office space, extra bedroom or temporary housing. The team

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Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Prefab solar-powered home is a modern take on the traditional Slovenian farmhouse

Scapelab clad the Simple House’s basic pitched-roof volume with a contemporary facade made of zinc sheet metal and wood. The architects created interesting and clean geometry by pairing horizontally

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Nozomi Nakabayashi’s dreamy house in the sky is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

Nozomi Nakabayashi’s dreamy house in the sky is made from locally-sourced and reclaimed materials

This cozy prefab Hut on Stilts is a great micro-home for those looking to escape the bustling city life and spent time in a peaceful natural setting. The tiny building elevated from the ground, sitting on

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Low-cost, rolling Friggatto House transforms into two separate buildings

Low-cost, rolling Friggatto House transforms into two separate buildings

Students of a recently founded program at KTH Schoool of Architecture in Stockholm designed and built their own rolling, low-cost, non-permit studio space and named it FRIGGATTO, after two Swedish

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Slovenia’s prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland

Slovenia’s prefab wooden World Expo pavilion evokes the mountainous landscape of its homeland

This playful wooden pavilion consists of five prismatic structures, each representing Slovenia's diverse geographical landscape and approaches to sustainable development. SoNo Arhitekti designed it in

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This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by traditional Italian farmhouses

This barcode-like Milan Expo info pavilion design is inspired by traditional Italian farmhouses

Berlin-based architecture firm StudioBaft teamed up with Tactile Architecture and architect Laurent Dubuis to design a prefab barcode-like proposal for the info pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo. The team

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Element 1 is a modern prefab island retreat that frames views of Puget Sound

Element 1 is a modern prefab island retreat that frames views of Puget Sound

Method Home’s Element 1 was the perfect fit for Karen Kiest, a landscape architect who purchased a plot of land on Marrowstone Island that had stunning views but lacked buildable space. Kiest determined

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Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

The Phipps SEED classroom follows the same design principles as the one in Seattle, which the SEED Collaborative built for the Perkins School. Both structures offer a sustainably restorative learning

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Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Energy-Efficient Statoil Headquarters boasts an energy class B rating in Norway

Back in 2009, A-Lab won a competition against 40 other entries to design Statoil's new offices. Located in a park-like setting in Fornebu, Bærum, Norway, the office is composed of five rectangular

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Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket!

Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a

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Czech Republic’s prefab pavilion is built around a swimming pool to keep cool at the 2015 World Expo

Czech Republic’s prefab pavilion is built around a swimming pool to keep cool at the 2015 World Expo

The three-story, prefabricated pavilion features a long rectangular swimming pool with a bar at its entrance. Inside, visitors will have a choice of three restaurants as well as a series of exhibition

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The Vipp Shelter is a plug-and-play prefab home that can be placed just about anywhere

The Vipp Shelter is a plug-and-play prefab home that can be placed just about anywhere

Although Vipp is best known for its designer garbage cans, the company developed the Vipp Shelter to show off their design prowess in the prefab market. The modular nature retreat is completely furnished

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LivingHomes’ zero-energy Joshua Tree prefab house is now on sale

LivingHomes’ zero-energy Joshua Tree prefab house is now on sale

LivingHomes desgned the C6 series in collaboration with Make It Right foundation, which was founded by Brad Pitt and architect William McDonough in order to build 150 affordable homes in New Orleans after

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Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

Green Building in Cold Climates: Inhabitat Interview with Bernat and Kate of Maison Durable Portneuf

We've seen many examples of how well green buildings can work in temperate and warm climates, but what about the harsher conditions that can lash homes in rural Quebec? Inhabitat recently had the

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World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

World’s tallest prefab tower is now complete in China

As reported by Lloyd Alter at Treehugger, Broad Sustainable Buildings (BSB) has just completed the world's tallest prefabricated building: a 57-storey tower in Changsha, China. The tower, which provides

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Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes

Australian architecture firm ArchiBlox recently unveiled Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab home that’s packed with eco-friendly features and gorgeous to boot. Contemporary and cozy, this

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Chilean architects unveil a prototype home made out of prefab geodesic domes

Chilean architects unveil a prototype home made out of prefab geodesic domes

Chilean architecture studio B + V designed this geodesic dome-like home using prefab elements and expanded on the initial design by creating additional service areas, shaded terraces and more usable

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O-office Architects transform a factory dormitory into a modern youth hotel in Shenzhen

O-office Architects transform a factory dormitory into a modern youth hotel in Shenzhen

The renovation process incluuded two major interventions-firstly, a new central corridor had to be formed in order to create new hotel infrastructure and living units, and secondly, its facade had to be

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Aberdeen’s Schoolmasters home banishes pre-fab preconceptions in the UK

Aberdeen’s Schoolmasters home banishes pre-fab preconceptions in the UK

Challenging the negative connotations of prefab buildings in the UK, Stuart Duncan of Build Different has designed a stunning modular eco-home entitled "Schoolmasters". This low-energy, volumetric,

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Iceland’s Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

Iceland’s Ion Hotel offers dramatic views of the Northern Lights

So as not to detract from the surrounding landscape, the Ion Hotel was built to look like an extension of the land, emerging from the mountain base like a mass of hardened lava. The architects renovated

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Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Spruce-clad Öijared Hotel quietly blends into the surrounding Swedish forest

Designed to complement architect Gert Wingårdhs’ green-roofed Öijared Country Club, the Öijared Hotel was similarly designed with a nature-inspired, neutral-toned palette. In contrast to the country

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Sealoch House is a cozy prefab home in the Scottish Highlands

Sealoch House is a cozy prefab home in the Scottish Highlands

Sealoch House is a prefab private residence built for a couple who wanted a cozy new home with beautiful views of a bay area in Scotland. It boasts an eco-friendly heat exchange system, solar panels, wood

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The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The Ecological House 3.0 is a prefab bioclimatic dwelling that’s controlled by a smartphone

The 1,033-square-foot Ecological House 3.0 boasts a modern design with rounded edges to match its innovative, 100% digital design, manufacturing, and home automation. Thanks to the digitization process,

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ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

ÁBATON unveils minimalist prefab micro home in Spain

Faced with grey fiber cement board, this dwelling unit houses a living room/kitchen, a full bathroom and a bedroom. It stands at just about 3.5 meters tall, and can be altered so that all openings become

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Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

Inhabitat’s Top 9 Interviews of 2014

In the past year Inhabitat had the privilege of speaking with a variety of talented designers, architects and thinkers. We chatted with Bianca Bosker about architectural mimicry and Boyan Slat filled us

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