Inhabitat has long followed the innovative work of prefab pioneer Jennifer Siegal; from country schoolsto mod beach houses. This time, theOffice of Mobile Design has ventured inland to install its latest design, the Prefab Showhouse. Formerly located in Venice, CA where it served as OMD’s showroom for inquisitive clients, the diminutive modular maison was just recently moved from its coastal location to be installed in the desert community of Joshua Tree where it will be the new home to Hollywood film producer Chris Hanley.

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The 720 sf, 1 bedroom home is located on a generous Joshua Tree-sized lot of 80 acres. Besides solitude, tranquility, and expansive views of the surrounding desert, the home offers the very best in new technologies and luxurious details. The central kitchen/bath core divides and separates the sleeping space from the public eating/living space in a compact assemblage of form and function. The steel frame structure was trucked into the site and simply set on a temporary foundation.

Green technologies such as tankless water heaters, radiant heat ceiling panels, and translucent poly carbonate sheets are artfully balanced with high-end amenities such the iPort integrated sound system, Boffikitchen, and Duravit bathroom fixtures. Natural and sustainable materials such as kireiboard, bamboo and coconut palm flooring are also incorporated into the design.

With this desert pied-a-terre, OMD proves that ideas of prefabrication, flexibility, portability and compact spaciousness can be combined to make off-the-grid living perfectly comfortable.

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