Atelier Ordinaire’s house in Beaune is made almost entirely from wood

French architecture studio Atelier Ordinaire has completed a prefabricated house in the Bourgogne region featuring an interior lined with knotted timber boards to complement the surrounding nature. The Strasbourg-based studio founded by architect Thomas Walter in 2014 has completed a series of energy-efficient prefabricated houses that are constructed almost entirely from timber. The property in

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MAPA assembles “simple and austere” Sacromonte Chapel in Uruguay over one day

Architecture studio MAPA has designed this simple prefabricated wooden chapel for a vineyard in Maldonado, Uruguay, puncturing a black box through one of its slanted walls to provide a shrine for the patron saint of winemakers. The prefabricated open-air chapel is located in the 101-hectare Sacromonte vineyard, which forms part of The Sacromonte Landscape Hotel in Pueblo Edén. Brazilian and Uruguayan studio

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Prefab metal structures form True North housing complex in Detroit by EC3

American studio EC3 has created a residential development in central Detroit, comprising a cluster of different-sized Quonset huts made of steel and polycarbonate panels. The True North complex is located in Core City, a quiet neighbourhood that sits a few miles west of the downtown district. The development is the neighbourhood’s first new construction project

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Haptic Architects completes contemporary apartment block in Chelsea conservation area

Prefabricated stone and pale brick panels form the facade of this contemporary housing development in Chelsea, London, designed by Haptic Architects. The three-storey apartment block on Rosemoor Street, designed by Haptic for developer Banda Property, contains a pair of two-bedroom residences along with two one-bedroom apartments. The design of the building is intended to introduce a contemporary element to

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High Horse Ranch by Kieran Timberlake overlooks forested valley in northern California

American firm Kieran Timberlake has used prefabricated components to create a mountaintop retreat, composed of a main dwelling wrapped in weathering steel and glass, and two micro cabins for guests. The project, called High Horse Ranch, is located just outside the town of Willits, about three hours north of San Francisco. Situated on 64 wooded acres

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Cabin on the Border is an off-grid shelter with walls that open on pulleys

A system of pulleys are used to raise and lower sections of the walls of this prefabricated cabin on the border between Turkey and Greece, allowing the holiday home to open up to the outdoors or be completely closed during bad weather. Cabin on the Border was designed by Istanbul architecture studio SO? for a couple

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Buckhorn Place’s light-filled interiors complement Whistler snowscapes

Canadian firm Burgers Architecture constructed this mountainside residence from prefabricated volumes so it could be quickly assembled between British Columbia’s snow seasons. Buckhorn Place is perched on a hilltop and protected by dense trees that envelop the property. The lot sits in a restrictive view corridor, which dictated the house’s siting close to edge of

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BIG designs prototype tiny cabin in Upstate New York

Architecture firm BIG has created a small black cabin with an angular roofline in the Hudson Valley, as the first model for prefab-housing startup Klein. BIG’s prototype, named A45, is the first in a series of tiny homes by well-known architects that Klein plans to offer customers. Constructed in Upstate New York, the one-storey building

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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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Robots build digitally designed prefabricated timber modules at ETH Zurich

Researchers at ETH Zurich university have pioneered a method of robotic construction, which is being used to create a computer-designed modular house in the city. The process known as Spatial Timber Assemblies uses computers to model the optimum design for individual units, which are then built by a series of robots. Dezeen recently featured the digital

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Prefabricated cabin can be transported to remote locations by lorry

This £39,000 prefabricated cabin by artist Bobby Niven and architect Iain MacLeod is designed to be easily transported on the back of a lorry. School friends Niven and MacLeod designed the small hut, known as the Artist Bothy after the Scottish name for a shelter, for artists wanting to set up studio in isolated locations.  The compact

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New owners preserve mid-century modern Indiana home

A 1960s prefabricated dwelling in northern Indiana has been preserved by Karen Valentine and Bob Coscarelli, who purchased the home without ever seeing it in person. The Frost House is located in Michigan City, a town along Lake Michigan where many Chicago residents have summer homes. Other notable architecture in the area includes several “Century of

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Wimbledon house was meant to solve the British housing problem but didn’t, says Richard Rogers

In this exclusive video interview, British architect Richard Rogers reflects on the influence of the seminal house he designed for his parents at 22 Parkside in Wimbledon, London. Designed in the late 1960s by Rogers and his then wife Su, the Wimbledon house – also known as the Rogers House – was intended to demonstrate

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Donald Wexler pioneered prefab living in Palm Springs with Steel Houses

The seven experimental steel-framed houses that architect Donald Wexler built in Palm Springs are early examples of customisable prefab homes, and are next in our series celebrating the city’s mid-century architecture for this year’s Modernism Week. Palm Springs-based Wexler and his partner Richard Harrison designed the seven Steel Development Houses to provide a housing model

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I-Kanda places angular cabin atop granite rock in New England

American studio I-Kanda Architects has created a prefabricated cabin in the woods of New Hampshire, to provide a family getaway surrounded by evergreens. Measuring 900 square feet (84 square metres), the one-bedroom home Cabin on a Rock was designed as a weekend residence for a couple and their two young children by Boston-based firm I-Kanda

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Skapa updates prefabricated Norwegian seafront house with glazed walls

Oslo-based architecture office Skapa has transformed a tired villa near the Norwegian capital into a contemporary home featuring full-height glazed walls that open up to views of the surrounding trees and seascape. Villa Bergheimveien is situated on the Snarøya peninsula in the inner Oslofjord. The owners wanted to update their property on the waterfront site

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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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Bamboo social housing in rural Mexico can be built by residents in a week

Mexico City studio Comunal Taller de Arquitectura has completed a prototype for social housing in a mountain town, using a prefabricated bamboo frame that residents can use to replicate the structure in just seven days. Comunal Taller de Arquitectura, which translates to Communal Architecture Workshop, completed the residence in Cuetzalan del Progreso – a town

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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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Cedar-clad buildings “kiss” at Canadian lake house by Lazor Office

Light-toned cedar boards wrap around this lake house in Ontario, by American firm Lazor Office, which comprises two volumes that face the water and are joined at their corners. The waterfront Kiss House overlooks Rainy Lake, a relatively large freshwater body that shares borders with Minnesota and the Canadian province. Lazor Office constructed the residence

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Prefabricated and mobile components combine to form The People’s Station cultural centre

People’s Architecture Office has completed a modular cultural centre in the Chinese city of Yantai, featuring a prefabricated metal structure and portable rooms that can be detached and cycled to other locations. The Beijing-based studio designed The People’s Station to demonstrate a range of concepts it has developed over the past seven years, including a

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Nilsson Pflugfelder’s prefabricated wooden house is designed to maintain owners’ privacy

This windows of this house in Cambridge, by architects office Nilsson Pflugfelder, are carefully positioned and sized to prevent overlooking by neighbouring properties. House R is a two-storey property in the centre of the English city, surrounded by Victorian terraces and their gardens. Nilsson Pflugfelder designed the house as a compact volume with striated timber facades. The

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Studio Carver adds American-inspired prefabricated extension to Belsize House

British architecture practice Studio Carver has completed a timber and glass extension to a house in north London that was inspired by traditional wooden conservatories found in the American Midwest. Studio Carver designed the extension for an Anglo-American family who wanted to improve the living spaces of their Edwardian house in Belsize Park. The compact

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Post Office Architectes adds vaulted roof extension to Paris apartment for a photographer

Post Office Architectes has added a timber-lined barrel vaulted roof extension to an apartment in Paris, giving its owner an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. The apartment building is located at the intersection of four Paris districts and was originally built in the 19th century as a two-storey department store. A third floor was added in

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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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Giles Miller creates textured facade for children’s playhouse

London designer Giles Miller has used hexagonal wooden tiles to cover the surface of this children’s playhouse by cabin company Koto. Designed an alternative to the traditional playhouse, Miller’s Grace cabin is one of three structures by Koto that are aimed specifically at children. Through his surface design, Miller wanted to reference the cabin’s geometric framework while

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Cover designs backyard studio in LA using computer algorithms

Design-build firm Cover, which uses computer algorithms to create customised backyard dwellings for homes, has completed its first project: a small studio in Los Angeles. The 320-square-foot (30-square-metre) prefabricated building is situated on a hillside in northern LA, and serves as an office and music studio for an Oscar-nominated sound editor. The white, rectangular structure

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Prefabricated holiday home by Nicole Lachelle and Christian Niessen is clad in charred timber

This prototype house overlooking Lake Maggiore was designed by Nicole Lachelle and Christian Niessen to demonstrate the capabilities of prefabricated wood construction, and features charred-timber facades enclosing a bright-white interior. Lachelle and Niessen are the founders of fashion label No Editions, and more recently established a studio called The Wood Creative to explore innovative ways

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Black House is a duplex apartment above a converted Victorian warehouse in Hackney

Simon Conder Associates has placed a prefabricated, black-stained timber extension on top of a former warehouse in east London, creating a new home for the designers whose studio occupies the old building. The three-storey Victorian warehouse is located in an industrial neighbourhood in Hackney, close to London Fields park, and is home to a multidisciplinary design agency.

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Office III builds simple open-air welcome centre on Governors Island

US studio Office III has constructed a visitors’ centre for Governors Island in New York City using marine-grade plywood and cedar decking. The pavilion is the first-ever welcome centre for Governors Island, and was added to help tourists better navigate the small island in the city’s harbour. It lies just 800 yards (732 metres) from Manhattan’s southern-most tip, and

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Works Progress Architecture tops Portland apartment building with zigzagging roof

US firm Works Progress Architecture has created a residential building in Portland with gabled roofs, which help it stand out from the conventional boxy structures that are emerging in the Oregon city. Langano Apartments is situated within the Buckman neighbourhood, known for its tree-lined streets, restored bungalows, artisan shops and trendy restaurants. The 30-unit building is situated on a

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Katerra combines technology and modular construction to create large-scale prefabricated buildings

As prefabricated buildings become increasingly prolific, Silicon Valley design-build firm Katerra hopes to revolutionise the construction industry by using a technology-driven and full-services approach to creating structures at a large scale. Based in Menlo Park, California, Katerra was started in 2015 by Michael Marks, Jim Davidson and Fritz H Wolff. Combined, the three men have

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Prefab buildings by Ten Fold Engineering build themselves in eight minutes

Our latest Facebook movie features modular structures designed by Ten Fold Engineering, which can be transported anywhere on a lorry and self-deployed at the touch of a button. Watch more movies on Facebook ›

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Chequerboard facades front Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter’s affordable housing in Stockholm

Stockholm studio Andreas Martin-Löf Arkitekter has completed a cluster of affordable apartment blocks in the Swedish capital, featuring facades with alternating opaque and transparent sections. Snabba Hus Västberga is the second project designed by Martin-Löf Arkitekter that uses offsite prefabrication and standardised materials to reduce the cost of constructing apartments for young people on waiting lists for

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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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Go Logic launches line of prefab homes with New England aesthetic

American design-build firm Go Logic has created a range of factory-made dwellings that were designed using passive house standards and can be constructed onsite in less than two weeks. Called Go Home, the line features 10 “Simple House” models ranging from 600 to 2,500 square feet (56 to 232 square metres). The largest homes contain

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Domed summer house by LASSA offers an elevated view over a Greek olive grove

Fingers of earth branch over this mound-shaped holiday home by architecture studio LASSA, allowing its owners to climb up onto the roof to admire an olive grove on Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula. The 150-square-metre Villa Ypsilon was designed by London- and Brussels-based firm LASSA, which is headed up by architects Theo Sarantoglou Lalis and Dora Sweijd. The domed form of

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Vipp prefabricated cabins are designed as “battery-charging stations for humans”

Danish retailer Vipp has created a factory-made, metal-and-glass micro dwelling that comes filled with the company’s line of homeware products. Called Shelter, the 55-square-metre structure is intended to serve as a nature retreat and “battery-charging station for humans”, said Kasper Egelund, who heads the brand. “Vipp has made a plug-and-play getaway that allows you to escape urban

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Snøhetta’s prefab Gapahuk cabin references a traditional Norwegian mountain shelter

Architecture firm Snøhetta has unveiled a prefabricated cabin with a twisted roof that offers protection in harsh weather conditions. Called Gapahuk, Snøhetta designed the prefab cabin for Rindalshytter, a Norwegian producer of leisure homes. The cabin is designed to be adaptable to various locations and weather conditions. The roof folds down lower on one side to offer protection from strong

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Cover uses computer algorithms to design prefabricated dwellings

A technology-driven home-building company in California says it is “doing for homes what Tesla is doing for the car”. Cover produces customised, prefabricated backyard homes often referred to as accessory dwellings — touted by some as a way to increase density and provide affordable housing in growing metro areas. The small dwellings can be used

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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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Larch-covered prefab house designed by Karawitz to bring city feel to Paris suburbs

Lofty interiors and a folded black steel staircase feature behind the larch-clad walls of this gabled house, designed by Karawitz and situated outside Paris. The architects created the 145-square-metre Marly House, which is clad entirely in grey larch wood, for a family in Marly-le-Roi, in the western suburbs of Paris. Aiming to bring a “feeling of urbanity” to the small

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Bright yellow window frames puncture pastel grey walls of Stockholm prefab

Colourful walls and irregularly placed windows with vibrant yellow frames add individuality to this prefabricated house in Stockholm, which was designed by Swedish studio HelgessonGonzaga Arkitekter. Stockholm-based HelgessonGonzaga Arkitekter designed the 172-square-metre House 669 for a couple and their three children. The architects worked with the client’s friend, a local manufacturer of prefabricated houses, to create a residence that could be assembled quickly

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Luxury penthouse to be installed in Herzog & de Meuron’s Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

A penthouse apartment is being built inside Herzog & de Meuron’s recently completed philharmonic hall in Hamburg, at a cost of £6.9 million for an anonymous client. The two-storey penthouse apartment will be located on the 24th and 25th floors of the Elbphilharmonie, where floor-to-ceiling glazing below the building’s scalloped roofline will give views along the Elbe River. Munich office

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Marc Mogas slots prefab summer home into wooded slope in the Pyrenees

Spanish architect Marc Mogas created this prefabricated cottage in Spain’s Pyrenees mountains as a cost-effective summer retreat. Mogas designed the dwelling to be transported to the site in three modules. This helped to keep the project to its budget of €100,000 (£87,000) and allowed construction work to continue through the winter months. The pine-clad sections – one for bedrooms, another

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Prefabricated weathering-steel boxes form California retreat by Alchemy Architects

Minnesota-based firm Alchemy Architects has completed a home in California’s Sonoma Valley, which comprises two separate modules that were almost entirely prefabricated before being brought to site. The two modules that make up the home were the result of a cross-country collaboration between the architects and client, who is also a designer. “The home was

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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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Wooden trusses pattern walls of prefabricated sports hall by Florian Fischer

This prefabricated timber sports hall by architect Florian Fischer has a shed-like appearance that references the form and materiality of vernacular agricultural buildings in Austria’s Tyrol region. The building was commissioned by local sports club SV Haiming, which had previously been using a much smaller school hall in the village of Haiming for football and volleyball training. Situated

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People’s Architecture Office uses prefabricated panels to update Beijing hutong house

People’s Architecture Office has repurposed a rundown home in one of Beijing’s historic hutong neighbourhoods, using prefabricated panels to create a contemporary and light-filled residence. The Beijing studio overhauled and extended the residence in the Changchun Jie Hutong neighbourhood using a series of white panels. The client Mrs Fan had lived in the house as a child until her parents

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ArchiBlox creates garden roof for house overlooking a beach in Australia

ArchiBlox has given this prefabricated beachfront house near Sydney a verdant plant-covered roof to help it blend into its clifftop setting. Avalon House is situated on one of the sandstone cliffs that overlook Avalon Beach, around 35 kilometres north of central Sydney. The property was designed by ArchiBlox, a Melbourne architecture studio specialising in modular buildings and

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Prefabricated house in Amsterdam features wooden walls, zigzagging stairs and split levels

Inside this wooden, prefabricated house in Amsterdam by Marc Koehler Architects, an angular black staircase crisscrosses between split levels. Lofthouse I is located at the end of a terrace in Houthaven quay –Amsterdam’s port. Large expanses of glazing set into the prefabricated wooden structure offer residents views of the water. Untreated pine clads the exterior of the residence, except for the

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World’s tallest modular high-rise by SHoP Architects opens in Brooklyn

Tenants have begun moving into 461 Dean, a New York residential building by SHoP Architects described as the world’s tallest modular tower and billed a solution to meet the high demand for urban housing. The 32-storey tower is located in central Brooklyn, at the intersection of four neighbourhoods. It sits near a major transit hub and

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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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Prefab house in Princeton by Marina Rubina was built in one day

This prefabricated family home in Princeton, New Jersey, by local architect Marina Rubina was conceived as an “experiment” in providing a high-quality residence that is sustainable and affordable (+ slideshow). The Quarry Street House is located in the heart of Princeton – a city in central New Jersey – and sits within walking distance to More

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Tiny camping pods by Andrea Zittel serve as a creative refuge in the California desert

Artists and writers wanting to play out a “desert fantasy” can rent a tiny sleeping pod at a remote campsite in southern California, which looks like a scene from a sci-fi film (+ slideshow). Called the Wagon Station Encampment, the experimental project was conceived by US artist Andrea Zittel, who is known for her explorations into self-sufficient and sustainable More

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Muji to test prefab house by letting a competition winner live in it for free

Japanese design brand Muji has revealed the prototype for its latest prefab house, which it will test by having a competition winner move in rent-free for two years (+ movie). Located in the seaside city of Kamakura in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture, the ready-constructed dwelling is named the Window House after the assortment of frameless openings More

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Pad Studio creates prefabricated dwelling to comply with New Forest housing regulation

This chestnut-clad home by Pad Studio was prefabricated offsite before being craned into a clearing in the New Forest, a stretch of protected woodland in the English county of Hampshire (+ slideshow). The clients had been living in a static caravan on the five-acre site for 15 years, but approached the local practice to upgrade their home. The 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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Avava unveils tiny house that represents a “completely new way to do prefab”

San Francisco-based Avava Systems has created a prefabricated micro dwelling with components that are shipped in flat-packed boxes, to enable easier transportation and assembly (+ slideshow). Called Britespace, the home is available in three sizes, with their names — Model 264, Model 352 and Model 480 — reflecting the square footage they encompass. All of More

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MAPA builds two prefabricated houses in Brazilian mountain landscape

Architecture studio MAPA has revealed the latest project from its prefabricated building company Minimod, a pair of factory-made houses at an estate surrounded by mountains in Brazil (+ slideshow). The Brazil- and Uruguay-based firm has installed two small guesthouses at the Fazenda Catuçaba estate – a historic coffee plantation on the edge of a nature reserve between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Both 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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Kodasema creates tiny prefabricated house that moves with its owners

This tiny prefabricated dwelling by Estonian design collective Kodasema is designed to allow its residents to up sticks and move to a new location in less than a day (+ slideshow). Named KODA, the mobile house prototype contains an open-plan living space and mezzanine bedroom within its 25-square-metre footprint, and also includes a built-in terrace in front 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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Converted shipping containers combine to form angular Flying Box house

Architect Josué Gillet used shipping containers to construct this prefabricated house in France, which features an asymmetric facade and a rooftop terrace (+ slideshow). The Flying Box house was devised by Gillet’s studio 2A Design for a small plot in the French village of Orgères, near Rennes. Both its design and construction method were a response to the confines More

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Samuel Gonçalves unveils modular housing based on concrete sewage pipes

Venice Architecture Biennale 2016: Portuguese architect Samuel Gonçalves has installed three hollow concrete forms at the Venice Biennale to promote his modular housing system based on drainage pipes (+ movie). Gonçalves and his studio at the Science and Technology Park of University of Porto designed the Gomos System to offer a solution to the housing crisis in Portugal. The concrete modules match the shapes and dimensions of standard More

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Hemsworth creates all-wood Passivhaus factory in a mountainous region of Canada

Canadian firm Hemsworth Architecture has completed a factory in British Columbia that utilises the products created within the facility: prefabricated wall panels intended for eco-friendly Passivhaus construction (+ slideshow). Called the BC Passive House Factory, the building is located in Pemberton, British Columbia — a small town situated within a vast mountain range. Encompassing 1,500 More

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Robotically fabricated pavilion by University of Stuttgart students is based on sea-urchin shells

Researchers and students from the University of Stuttgart employed robots to mould and stitch together this laminated plywood pavilion, which is based on the anatomy of a sea urchin (+ slideshow). Made up of stitched plywood elements, the arched structure is the latest in an annual pavilion series produced under the leadership of Achim Menges, who heads up the school’s Institute for Computational More

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