Imagine having your own little loft home transported to any site you want by helicopter. LoftCube by Werner Aisslinger is a prefab module designed for those who want to take their home with them wherever they go, or for anyone who wants a simple sustainable temporary home.
This small prefab home in a box can be installed easily and quickly. The “northwest” model is available in sizes ranging from 400 to 500 square foot. For a tiny home, the gourmet kitchen is surprisingly spacious. Create a deck and you’ll have yourself a cozy little home with a stylishly modern interior.
The Crib by Broadhurst Architects Inc. is an award-winning project of prefabricated custom homes. The prefabricated kit of parts made of sustainable and recyclable materials can be quickly assembled on any site. The design was inspired by traditional American corn cribs. It can be used as weekend home, guest cottage or home office in the backyard. A kitchen-in-a-box allows for all the comforts of a home without take up space when it is not used.
This floating house in Archipelago Guaitecas, XI Region, Chile designed by Sabbagh Arquitectos is a floating sanctuary on the sea. The project was commissioned by fishing company Multiexport Foods for the purpose of building a relaxing environment for their employees while they are working in the fjords of the Aisén Region.
The Taliesin Mod.Fab™ is a 600-square-foot, one-bedroom prototype prefabricated home designed and built by students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. This elegant and sustainable home relies on panelized construction to allow for speed and economy on site or in a factory. It can be connected to utilities or be “unplugged”, relying on low-consumption fixtures, rainwater harvesting, greywater re-use, natural ventilation, solar orientation, and photovoltaics to reduce energy and water use.
Watershed House is a 100-square-foot writer’s retreat located in Wren, Oregon. Architect Erin Moore of FLOAT Architectural Research and Design built this small studio for her mother who is a noted nature writer. The intention of this retreat is to have a place to observe the surrounding ecology without disturbing it. The sustainable retreat is off the grid with no direct road access. It is constructed from prefabricated recyclable materials that can be easily assembled and disassembled. A chute from the roof is designed to let rainwater trickle down a water trough just outside, creating another element of nature with the sounds of rain.
Loblolly House on Taylors Island, Maryland is a 2,200-square-foot prefab house composed entirely of fabricated components made off-site. Designed by Kieran Timberlake Associates, this contemporary home named for the tall loblolly pines that characterize its site on the Chesapeake Bay was built in environmentally ethical ways. There is minimal disruption to the ground with the house resting lightly on the site using timber piles as foundations. Architects Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake believe that the construction process today should be streamlined, so they boldly took on the project which has become a model for componentized prefab houses.