Prefab Houses - Friday, September 18, 2009 6:55 - 2 Comments
In our story Chelsea Morning about the Hudson river Park Trust using LOT-EK’s design to dress up Pier 57 we recalled musing about yet another previous story on shipping container houses that, “no one should be shocked if we don’t all end up living in one…some time in the future.”
Another step in that direction is this design of four containers by architect Christopher Robertson in Houston Texas.
- Aperture House
Aperture House is an idea cooked up by Realtor.com mogul Roger Scommegna and his partner architecture firm, Vetter Denk Architects. As the story goes the inspiration was an inexpensive screw top bottle of wine, a simple exterior with a surprisingly pleasant inside.
As the shell was assembled in 48 hours, Aperture House is intended to show [...]
- Chelsea Morning
In Welcome Home House we mused that given “the rate of new designs for shipping container houses, no one should be shocked if we don’t all end up living in one of them at some time in the future.”
Apparently the Hudson River Park Trust can see the trend as well. They’ve recently selected LOT-EK’s shipping [...]
- Retro Thoreau
Have some land on Golden Pond? Consider shipping in the mini prefab house by Carre d’Etoiles
Designed for the vacationer seeking a retreat house with a smaller footprint, this environmentally conscious cabin with telescope and transparent viewing dome might be just the thing to bring you back to earth (ironically, while looking at the heavens).
- Welcome Home House
Judging by the rate of new designs for shipping container houses, no one should be shocked if we don’t all end up living in one of them at some time in the future.
Here’s another with a catchy name. The WelcomeHome is three shipping containers combined into 800 square feet of living space, and at just [...]
- Two by Two
Palo Alto architect Joseph Bellomo who made parking your bike more sensible with his Bike Arc bicycle rack found the same inspiration could be adapted to a modular house.
House Arc, which will make its debut in Hawaii is a tubular steel house that sits on concrete piers or a wood deck.
- Zufferey House
Part of the issue many people have had with the whole idea of prefab houses is that they tend to resemble the same rectangular box. Whether the criticism is valid when compared to the undifferentiated houses most people in the suburbs live in is an entirely different question.
The Zufferey House by Nunatak Sari Architectes tackles [...]
- Bridge House
Site specific architecture is a beautiful thing! Take for instance the Bridge House in the Australian countryside which is perched on steel trusses that quite literally create a bridge over a creek that runs through the property.
The sustainable structure also uses local materials and is heated by – what else, the sun!
- Marmol Radziner
In Hide n Seek we reported how architecture and design firm Standard with Dwell recently showed off their modern gem secluded high in the LA hills.
Now more is happening above the LA skyscrapers – this time Marmol Radziner has introduced their modern prefab house called Hollywood Hybrid, a 2,576 square foot sustainable house with [...]
- IC Green
The wave of companies fabricating used shipping containers into modern eco-friendly houses seems likely to build for many years before cresting.
We’ve previously highlighted various ways these re-purposed steel boxes are being touted as portable affordable prefab housing in Shipping Out, Ship Shape, Talk About A Revolution, Modular Cities, Venezia, and Contained Excitement.
Now a design [...]
- Sustain miniHomes
The Toronto firm Sustain builds “the world’s first complete line of sustainable and off-grid RV’s, Travel Trailers, Park Model Homes and Manufactured Homes”.
However if that’s all you new about Sustain and their homes you would be surprised to know their house designs have little if anything in common with the manufactured home of the past.
New prefab house designs keep popping up everywhere. The general trend of these modern wonders is toward finding creative ways to live smaller, but David Baker’s Modularean House gives smaller living a new meaning.
His house plan gives kids a miniaturized prefab doll house to explore ways to go green in the modern house of the [...]
- Tulsa NINE
It’s especially nice to see green homes we’ve come to expect anywhere on the “green coast,” built in a city many people don’t think of first when they think about trend setting architecture.
But that’s exactly what this loft by ONE Architecture in Tulsa, Oklahoma represents.
- Shipping Out
In numerous stories such as Contained Excitement and Modular Cities we’ve highlighted the re-use and re-purpose of shipping containers turned into modern affordable single-family houses and multi-family communities.
- Praising Prefab
None other than Jesus said “On this rock I will build my church.” Seattle lawyer Scott Stafne as we’re told in Dwell, seemed to like a similar sentiment when he bought acreage in the surrounding forest and sought about building a prefab house.
- Bamboo Groves
In the “old days” shipping containers were used to make quick inexpensive and mobile houses. But now Bamboo Groves (great name for a construction company – beats Jones Construction any day), a company in Costa Rica is using shipping containers as a structural element while complementing the design with locally harvested bamboo.
- Ship Shape
G Living Network has a post on a new container house that similar to other market prefabs is largely constructed in a factory as a way of reducing the most expensive aspects of building a house – the structural elements and mechanical core.
Riken Yamamoto’s Ecoms House exemplifies a new kind of home economics. Constructed out of aluminum panels, this diminutive 24-foot by 24-foot box demonstrates how economy in size and fabrication can lead to surplus in style and coolness.
A prototype residence for SUS Corporation, a manufacturer of aluminum precision machine parts and furniture, this home was initially [...]