The Crib prefab is another cool example of a small sustainable structure designed for a backyard residence, studio, or remote cabi. Inspired by the traditional American architecture of corn cribs, a common farm building used to store and dry corn, The Crib uses prefabricated steel beam architecture as a nod to traditional timber frame construction. Built in such a way that the shelter could easily be dismantled and moved, it is also easily recyclable at the end of its life. We like it the fact that it’s really different looking from a lot of the prefabs out there.
The Crib was designed by Maryland-based firm Broadhurst Architects, who were inspired to create a more sophisticated and sustainable version of their Shack at Hinkle Farm. Along with the use of more sustainable and recyclable materials, Broadhurst turned the design into one that could be prefabricated in a shop and then delivered to the site. The prefab shelter can be set upon four simple pier foundations or cap a larger foundation to add space on the first floor. Two versions of The Crib are available depending on needs or wants – the basic version has 175 square feet of enclosed space, while the full version includes 250.
Steel beams are used to create the structure of The Crib, with a SIP panel roof and floor and prefabricated wall panels made from poplar and multi-layer polycarbonate sheets. Radiant floor heating is powered by propane or solar thermal and photovoltaics can easily be integrated into the structure. Energy efficient lighting using LEDs can be integrated and the air conditioner is simply a fan. Should you ever want to change the location of the Crib, the structure can easily be dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere.
Via Design Milk