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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MIMA Light is a small prefabricated house raised up from the landscape on a near-invisible base

The architects behind a prefabricated housing company have completed one of their smallest buildings so far – a cuboidal property raised on a mirrored plinth above a grassy Portuguese landscape (+ movie). MIMA Light is the most simple of the building models offered by the MIMA House brand, established by architects Mário Sousa and Marta Brandão to More

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Prefabricated tiny homes by Cocoon9 designed to meet demand for “efficiency and luxury”

Cocoon9, an American designer and manufacturer of prefabricated dwellings, has created a collection of micro homes, with the smallest one starting at 15 square metres (+ slideshow). New York-based Cocoon9 described the dwellings as “plug-and-play houses with the sophisticated features of a custom home or luxe resort”. Three floor plans are available: the Cocoon Cabin, which has More

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ShedKM and Urban Splash let residents design layouts for modular Manchester homes

Residents were invited to plan the layouts of these 43 new homes in Manchester, England, as part of a pioneering housing project by property developer Urban Splash and architecture office ShedKM (+ slideshow). Conceived as an alternative to the so-called noddy boxes offered by many volume housebuilders, the House project aims to combine the cost benefits of modular construction with the flexibility offered by architect-designed properties. Each house More

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J Mayer H and Fernando Romero launch designs for prefabricated houses

Fernando Romero and Jürgen Mayer H have become the latest architects to contribute to Revolution Precrafted, a prefabricated building service that already offers designs by Zaha Hadid, Sou Fujimoto and Kengo Kuma (+ slideshow). Mexico City-based Romero and Berlin architect Mayer H have both designed compact homes for the company, which was launched by developer and art collector More

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Desai Chia Architecture creates a glass box home in the New York countryside

US firm Desai Chia Architecture used prefabricated elements to construct this glass and steel home in rural New York that serves as a weekend retreat (+ slideshow). Called LM Guest House, the single-storey, rectilinear dwelling is situated on a rocky outcrop that overlooks a trout pond and farmland. It is located in Dutchess County, about More

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Designers as architects debate is “f*cking opposite” of open-minded creativity says Wanders

Marcel Wanders has dismissed the ongoing debate about whether non-architects should design buildings as “an endless conversation about nothing” (+ interview + slideshow). Wanders, who is the latest designer to work on a building project with plans for a prefabricated house, told Dezeen that the argument is a waste of time. Getting caught up in the labels of architect and designer prevents creative people from “enjoying someone More

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Revolution Precrafted recruits famous architects and designers to create prefab homes

Design Miami 2015: Revolution Precrafted is aiming to “democratise high-design and architecture” with prefab structures by over 30 famous designers including Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders, Kengo Kuma and Zaha Hadid. The new company launched by developer and art collector Robbie Antonio unveiled its first collection of limited-edition designs for prefabricated homes and pavilions during Design Miami last week. More

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Lakefront Austin home by Aamodt Plumb Architects is a building of two halves

Aamodt Plumb Architects divided this prefabricated house in Texas into two wings to avoid felling a group of trees, covering one half in black-charred timber and the other in bright white stucco. The 6,000-square-foot (557 square metres) family home, called Modern Texas Prefab, is situated on a scenic site bordering a lake in Austin, Texas’ state capital. Aamodt Plumb Architects […]

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Open Architecture develops reconfigurable construction system of tessellating hexagons

This showroom for a real estate developer in Guangzhou, China, is a prototype for a modular building system designed by Open Architecture to be easily moved or adapted (+ slideshow). Beijing-based Open Architecture developed the HEX-SYS system in response to the proliferation of temporary structures erected by property developers during the country’s recent construction boom. Typically used as sales offices […]

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Muji launches trio of prefab minimal cabins by Morrison, Grcic and Fukasawa

Muji’s set of ready-constructed huts were designed by Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison and Naoto Fukasawa as minimal rural refuges for escaping the “hustle and bustle” of the city (+ slideshow). The three cork, aluminium and wood Muji Huts were launched by the Japanese brand during Tokyo Design Week 2015, and were created for construction in countryside locations. […]

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FaulknerBrowns Architects adds weathering steel facade to new Hebburn Central community centre

The oxidised-steel walls and prefabricated construction of this community library and sports centre near Newcastle, England, are influenced by the region’s ship-building heritage (+ slideshow). Hebburn Central was designed by local firm FaulknerBrowns Architects to provide the town of Hebburn in South Tyneside with facilities including a library, dance studios, events spaces, a swimming pool, a fitness […]

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Glass-walled boxes on stilts accommodate guests at Daniel Mayo’s Vivood hotel

Guests at this hotel near the Spanish city of Alicante stay in prefabricated cabins, which are raised off the ground to reduce their impact on the rugged landscape and enable views over the adjacent valley (+ slideshow). Vivood Landscape Hotels is a new business model developed by architect Daniel Mayo and a group of fellow […]

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Casa Invisibile by Delugan Meissl is a low-cost portable house prototype clad in mirrors

The mirrored surfaces of this modular housing unit in Slovenia, by Austrian studio Delugan Meissl, help it to blend in with the surrounding countryside (+ slideshow). Casa Invisibile is a prototypal dwelling developed by Delugan Meissl to confront issues in the modern housing market including soaring prices and the availability of appealing plots. “Casa Invisibile […]

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The Spaceship Home by NOEM is a shiny elevated structure influenced by sci-fi movies

Barcelona studio NOEM has designed a home for a film director and science-fiction fan that resembles a spaceship raised above its forested site in a suburb of Madrid (+ slideshow). The Spaceship Home is located in the La Moraleja neighbourhood to the north of the Spanish capital and was designed by NOEM for a client […]

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GAAGA uses prefabricated wooden walls to build “three-legged” tea house in a Dutch park

Dutch architecture studio GAAGA has completed a three-winged wooden tea house in Leiden, the Netherlands, featuring large windows on all sides to allow panoramic views of the surrounding park (+ slideshow). Local residents initiated the Teahouse Leiden Noord project, aiming to create a community gathering place that could become the “green heart” of the neighbourhood. Related story: […]

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Prefab blocks used to build cafe at a modular construction factory in the Czech Republic

Chybik+Kristof Associated Architects stacked prefabricated construction modules horizontally and vertically to create this staff cafeteria at the factory where they are produced (+ slideshow). Located on the outskirts of Czech town of Vizovice, the facility provides a showroom for KOMA Modular, a firm that specialises in prefabricated modular construction. Prefabrication involves creating the parts of a building […]

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EFFEKT’s Villa One is a low-cost home designed to suit a growing family

This timber-clad Copenhagen house was designed by local studio EFFEKT to be flexible for a growing family, but also to match the cost of the country’s cheapest kit homes (+ slideshow). Named Villa One, the building was designed by EFFEKT for a developer who owned a vacant suburban plot on the outskirts of the city. His brief […]

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Tube-shaped school canteen built from prefabricated modules

This school canteen in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo was prefabricated in a workshop five kilometres from the site so that it could be built within the client’s tight 90-day deadline (+ slideshow). Guillén Lafuerza Dining Hall was designed by Spanish architect Miguel Ángel García-Pola Vallejo for a primary school in Oviedo, which needed […]

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Time-lapse movie shows construction of Richard Rogers’ revamped Prouvé house

Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have released a time-lapse movie showing their adaptation of a 70-year-old Jean Prouvé house being assembled in a field (+ movie). The London practice have added pods containing a bathroom and a kitchen to an original 6×6 Demountable House, designed by the French architect-engineer in 1944. Mobile solar-power and hot-water systems are mounted on […]

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Richard Rogers updates Jean Prouvé’s 6×6 Demountable House for Design Miami/Basel

Architect Richard Rogers has redesigned a flatpack home originally created by Jean Prouvé as a housing solution for victims of the second world war (+ slideshow). The architects’ London firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners was asked to adapt French architect Jean Prouvé’s 1944 design for use as a holiday home with modern additions. The […]

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MIMA House in Alentejo is the latest in a series of prefabricated Portuguese homes

Over three years after completing their first prefabricated dwelling, architects Mário Sousa and Marta Brandão have now installed modular homes all across Portugal. Their latest is a summerhouse in scenic Alentejo (+ slideshow). The concept behind MIMA House is to offer high-quality affordable residences that can be manufactured quickly and easily – something the architects believe […]

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Prefabricated house in Melbourne’s City Square can produce more energy than it uses

Modular buildings specialist ArchiBlox has unveiled its prototype for a compact carbon-positive house, featuring “edible garden walls”, a sunroom and an insulating grass roof (+ slideshow). Described by ArchiBlox as the world’s first carbon-positive prefabricated house, the Archi+ Carbon Positive House is designed to produce more energy than its uses – over its lifespan it […]
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Carl Turner design open-source house that floats on floodwater

London architect Carl Turner has developed a design for a prefabricated floating house and has made the plans available to download via an open-source architecture website. Described as “part-house and part-boat”, the buoyant residence isn’t designed for any particular site – Carl Turner Architects sees the design as a solution to the problem of flooding that […]
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Heijmans proposes pop-up homes to solve the problem of high rents

Dutch construction company Heijmans has developed a prefabricated starter home for young professionals that can be installed on vacant city-centre sites in under 24 hours (+ slideshow). The Heijmans ONE project proposes a solution for two problems – the issue of unattractive urban sites and the shortage of affordable homes for graduates, who often earn too much […]
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Philippe Starck’s new home is the prototype for a new prefab housing collection

Philippe Starck has unveiled a prototype for his latest series of prefabricated low-energy wooden homes – a glazed and aluminium-clad structure outside Paris that he and his wife Jasmine plan to move into (+ slideshow). The Montfort residence is the model for the French designer’s second series of made-to-order houses produced in partnership with Riko, one […]

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Courtyard House Plugin by People’s Architecture Office repurposes ancient Beijing residences

Beijing Design Week 2014: People’s Architecture Office has developed a panelling system for building temporary living spaces within the ageing structures of the city’s hutong districts (+ slideshow). Beijing studio People’s Architecture Office created the Courtyard House Plugin modular system as a lightweight and non-permanent solution for making the dilapidated buildings of Beijing’s historic neighbourhoods habitable again. […]

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