Penda unveils designs for Tel Aviv tower wrapped in modular arcades

Penda has designed a residential tower in Tel Aviv, with facades made of modular archways and terraces, which aims to complement the city’s legacy of Bauhaus architecture. Vienna and Beijing-based architecture studio Penda has revealed plans for the 116-metre-high Tel Aviv Arcades, which has alternating setbacks to provide residents with sunny garden terraces or secluded private balconies.

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MAPA’s prefabricated cabins allow guests to survey Uruguayan vineyard

Mirrored glass and sliced logs form the facades of these prefabricated guest suites designed by MAPA, which are dotted across a vast vineyard in Maldonado, Uruguay. The hotel suites stand on the 101-hectare Sacromonte vineyard, which is set within a valley of of dense grassland crossed by streams. MAPA, which has offices in Uruguay and Brazil, became

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Adjaye and Toogood design affordable prefabricated houses for property start-up

London developer Cube Haus has commissioned Adjaye Associates, Faye Toogood, Skene Catling de la Peña, and Carl Turner Architects to design affordable modular houses for awkward urban sites. The start-up was set up last year with the aim of delivering “high-design value homes at reasonable prices” that can be configured to fit small and awkward urban sites.

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Hotel of concrete pods proposed by WSP for remote locations

Engineers from WSP are working with architects at Innovation Imperative to create a carbon neutral modular hotel made from groups of concrete pods.  Created by engineering firm WSP’s new in-house design studio and David Ajasa-Adekunle’s architecture practice, the project called Tetra Hotel is currently at proof-of-concept stage. Each of the futuristic faceted pods, which appear to teeter

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TV presenter George Clarke and TDO unveil terrace of prefabricated Fab Houses

London studio TDO teamed up with architect and television presenter George Clarke to create a terrace of prefabricated houses in the English town of North Shields. Called Fab Houses, the modular homes were designed by TDO and Clarke for joint venture developers Places for People and Urban Splash The developers are currently overseeing the renewal of Smith’s

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Our new Pinterest board explores modular architecture

We’ve created a new Pinterest board showcasing some of the best new examples of modular architecture, including a plywood house made up of interlocking corridors and a prefabricated cultural centre featuring portable rooms. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›…

Alejandro Soffia slots two homes inside one long black building in Chile

Architect Alejandro Soffia took cues from American “shotgun houses” for the linear design of this black residence near Santiago, which contains two separate homes to cater for a large family. Shotgun House is set in Los Maitenes, a small town south of the Chilean capital. The residence comprises a two-storey gabled frame clad in blacked timber, with

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Matt Lucraft proposes modular building system to tackle housing scarcity

The latest video in our Dezeen x MINI Living series explores Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Matt Lucraft’s concept for a modular building system designed to address London’s housing crisis. Matt Lucraft’s proposal, titled the Dagenham Breach Housing Co-operative, is a plan for a settlement of self-built and customisable homes that seeks to tackle the scarcity of

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Flat-pack MADI houses can be assembled in six hours

This captioned movie shows workers unfolding a flat-pack MADI – a modular, earthquake-resistant house that the manufacturer claims can be constructed within six hours.
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Prefabricated house in rural Spain took just five hours to assemble

Baragaño Architects designed this prefabricated house made from galvanised steel, wood and slate in northwestern Spain to take only five hours to erect. The Spanish architecture studio built Casa Montaña as a second home for a British landscaper and his family in the remote and mountainous coastal region of Asturias. The modules took four months to be made in

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Framlab proposes parasitic hexagonal pods to sleep New York’s homeless

New York’s empty walls could be covered with honeycomb-like clusters of pods to house the city’s growing homeless population, as part of this proposal by creative agency Framlab. Oslo and New York City-based Framlab developed the Homed scheme in response to the growing number of people sleeping rough in New York City, which has risen by

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Vitsœ completes “intentionally unfinished” cross-laminated timber headquarters

British furniture brand Vitsœ has opened a new headquarters and production facility in the English town of Royal Leamington Spa, featuring a saw-toothed roof and modular construction that means it can be easily updated. Vitsœ is best known as the manufacturer of furniture and storage systems by German designer Dieter Rams, including the modular 606 Universal

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Penda proposes “radical future-living concept” with recyclable modular dwellings

Architecture studio Penda has created a modular, flexible and reusable building system for MINI Living, featuring a range of living spaces that can be plugged together to form customised micro homes. Penda architect Chris Precht and Dayong Sun developed the Urban Nest for an event in Shanghai, where the automotive brand showcased solutions to urban

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OFIS Arhitekti uses modular Living Units to create pop-up library overlooking Ljubljana

Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti has found a new use for the micro house it designed earlier this year – the modular structure recently served as a temporary library in the grounds of Ljubljana Castle. OFIS Arhitekti worked in collaboration with fellow architects C+C and C28, engineering firm AKT and contractor Permiz to create the Living Units – modular rooms that

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Bartlett student Damien Assini suggests replacing HS2 railway with zero-carbon towns

Bartlett School of Architecture graduate Damien Assini has proposed that the UK government reallocates funds from the proposed HS2 railway, and instead creates a natural landscape incorporating carbon-free modular housing and a green economy. Assini’s project is called Re-imagination of the HS2, and is based on skepticism uncovered in his research about the potential benefits of the

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Low-cost school for 3,000 children planned at Syrian refugee camp in Jordan

A school for Syrian refugees is set to be built at a camp in Jordan, using a modular and re-deployable construction system developed with the help of former Architecture for Humanity director Cameron Sinclair. Italian non-profit organisation Building Peace Foundation is behind the construction of the school building, which will be the 10th facility it has completed at the Za’atari

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Kodasema launches tiny prefab home for £150k in UK

In a bid to solve the UK’s housing crisis, Estonian design collective Kodasema has launched its prefabricated 25-square-metre micro home that takes less than a day to build and can be relocated to make use of vacant sites. The Koda house costs just £150,000 as a package – including the cost of planning and building regulations, as well as delivery, site

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SO-IL imagines a future of sustainable city living with smog-filtering MINI Living house

New York firm SO-IL has built a prototype house at the MINI Living space in Milan, featuring a white mesh exterior designed to filter polluted city air, and a plant-covered roof. Installed for the duration of Milan design week, the MINI Living – Breathe installation is a “resource-conscious” housing prototype that offers a sustainable solution to shared, compact city living. It is on

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ODA completes “pixelated” luxury condo building in Queens

New York architecture firm ODA has constructed a residential complex in Long Island City that features protruding boxes across its street-facing facades. Located close to the MoMA PS1 museum, ODA’s project at 2222 Jackson Avenue rises 11 storeys and accommodates 147 apartments. The L-shaped building’s skeleton comprises a poured concrete grid, of which sections are

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OFIS Arhitekti designs modular house suited for different terrains and climates

A team of architects and engineers led by Slovenian firm OFIS Arhitekti has designed and built a prototype modular house suited to a variety of locations, climates and terrains. Installed in Parco Sempione for Milan design week, the Living Unit is a collaboration between architecture studios OFIS, C+C and C28, engineering firm AKT and contractor Permiz. The concept is for

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California architecture students design shelters for LA’s growing homeless population

Students at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture have conceived a series of shelters for homeless people, ranging from a shopping cart converted into a tent structure to a tiny house made of scavenged material. Called the Homeless Studio, the course was aimed at investigating the architect’s role in homelessness, and devising solutions

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Prefabricated garden studio in south London is clad in cedar and lined in birch

This prefabricated garden hideaway in suburban London acts as a guest house as well as a home office, and is clad in planks of cedar wood. The garden studio by Ecospace Studios was assembled off-site in just one week before being delivered to its location in Surbiton, where the finishing touches were put in place. The practice, which was

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IKEA Foundation CEO says adapting refugee shelter is “like playing with Lego”

Better Shelter is the latest IKEA product to be hacked, according to the head of the company’s charitable foundation, who told Dezeen the modular refugee cabin is now being used to create doctors’ surgeries and schools. The IKEA Foundation launched its flat-pack emergency shelter back in 2013 to offer an alternative to the tents often used to house refugees

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Architecture students create prefab Cantilever House in Arkansas

Students at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design have designed and built a prefabricated house in Little Rock, Arkansas, from two modules stacked perpendicularly to one another (+ slideshow). The Cantilever House was created as an “affordable” prefab residence and constructed for $136,000 (£101,000) – $136 per square foot. It was produced by More

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Luxury campsite in Antarctica offers tiny domed pods for sleeping and dining

This remote “glamping” site in Antarctica features a series of igloo-like enclosures fitted with upscale decor like fur-covered chairs and bamboo headboards (+ slideshow). White Desert – billed as the “only luxury camp in the interior of Antarctica” – consists of heated, spherical pods made of fibreglass. Six are designated for sleeping, with each designed More

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Eight concrete boxes form a “moveable” vacation home on Martha’s Vineyard

A cluster of eight interconnected concrete volumes make up this Martha’s Vineyard residence, which is designed to be moved in the event of site erosion (+ slideshow). The single-family East House was created by Canadian architect Peter Rose in the town of Chilmark. Serious concerns about the site’s ability to support the 4,000 square foot More

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Kasita unveils prefabricated tiny houses that slot into “racks”

An Austin-based startup has created a prototype of a prefabricated micro dwelling that can be slotted into a framework like a bottle into a wine rack (+ slideshow). The micro-housing startup called Kasita – adapted from the Spanish word for a small house – was launched by a professor-turned-entrepreneur who once lived in a dumpster. More

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MAPA designs prefabricated house then ships it 200 kilometres to Uruguayan olive grove

This compact house was prefabricated in a factory near the Uruguayan capital, before being transported 200 kilometres by lorry to its destination – a picturesque olive grove surrounded by rolling hills (+ slideshow). Called Retreat in Finca Aguy, the 115-square-metre property was designed by MAPA, a studio with offices in Brazil and Uruguay. The firm has previously More

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HOK envisions flying hotel pods that can access remote holiday destinations

Global architecture firm HOK has created a conceptual proposal for a fleet of drones that would serve as a portable hotel, enabling access to far-flung locales (+ slideshow). Called Driftscape, the scheme calls for using drone technology to create mobile pods that can be flown around the world and placed in areas not typically conducive More

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First Yo! Home scheme to compact houses into small apartments

“Intuitive” apartments with moving surfaces and foldaway furniture will feature in the first residential development from the team behind Yo! Sushi and Yotel, which is currently awaiting planning permission. YO! Company founder Simon Woodroffe has teamed up with British firm Glenn Howells Architects on the first Yo! Home project, which aims to provide compact but high-quality accommodation for city dwellers. The team submitted More

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