Prefab Modular Houses by A-cero, Spain

100 m² Black Prefab Modular House, Spain

A-cero architecture studio, led by Joaquín Torres, launches a modular architecture product on the market, based on the principles of Industrialized Construction. In it, the same standardization, modularity, technology, quality control and timing procedures are applied to construction as are applied to many other fields of human activity, the most obvious example being automobile production, which is over a hundred years old of Henry Ford's chain production approaches.

The advantages are the same, with production in workshop and assembly on site, shorter times and more specialized labor, increase the results in terms of quality and price of the final product not comparable to traditional construction, while requiring greater control of the initial design phases, since absolutely everything must be designed and controlled beforehand, there is no room for improvisation.

In this commitment to Industrialized Construction, initially two prefab modular housing models with two and three bedrooms will be developed with a very low cost and final price, carrying out a careful study of the distribution and living spaces.

As a sample of the above, they are already starting the construction of two pilot prefab modular houses with the simultaneous study of several orders. A-cero will also offer the possibility of having these prefab modular houses fully decorated and equipped, just like a ship would be received.

As an example, an 82 m² modular house will be available for € 69,000, which will go to € 85,000 for the fully furnished option, being possible to finance these amounts through a mortgage loan in the same way as for traditionally built house.

As Joaquín Torres himself indicates, this modular system is not exclusive to residential construction, but the same prefab system could later be applied to other prefab building typologies such as modular schools, modular offices and modular residences for students and the elderly. With this challenge A-cero is committed to popularizing modular design and prefab constructive quality in architecture, in the search that modular approach is not relegated to a cultural and economic elite.


Prefabricated Material for Modular House

Prefabricated Material for Modular House

C Dharmawan1, M Alviano2*

1 Fakultas Desain, Universitas Komputer Indonesia,Indonesia
2 Fakultas Teknik dan Ilmu Komputer, Universitas Komputer Indonesia, Indonesia

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This research identifies prefabricated materials which aim to save time and cost of
making a modular house. The purpose of this study is to provide the best solution for the entire
Indonesian population especially to the government and entrepreneurs who have a project
about housing that there is an appropriate solution to reduce development costs, reduce
development time and reduce the inefficiency of a typical residential house which is certainly
more expensive than modular. Modular housing has a unique system and is certainly fast in the
development process, usually a technology that is paid at a high price, but innovation is not
always expensive. There are various types of modular home systems, but not all systems are
compatible or compatible with climate conditions in Indonesia, but most modular systems are
widely used in Indonesia. This research used descriptive analysis methods to explain the
people growth in Indonesia, that increasingly very fast, so they need more house very fast too,
and the next stage is to explain the prefabrication of materials that are appropriate to the
climate in Indonesia. Besides, this study aims to obtain information on the types of prefabricated
materials that can be used in the manufacture of modular houses and specifications
from pre-fabricated. The results of this study explain that there is a prefabricated material
module system in the form of single and double modules which are used in making modular
houses, depending on the size and type of house. Therefore, this research is useful for architect
and developer in choosing modular materials.

Prefab Airbnb in Pioneertown - 2 Bedroom Prefab Home, California

2 Bedroom Prefab Home Floor plan
About Cover

LocationPioneertown, California

Thoughtfully inserted into the desert landscape, a low-impact, 2 bedroom prefab home in California embraces the outdoors in minimalist style.

It was love at first sight for Los Angeles – based writer Leslie Longworth when a friend introduced her to a five-acre lot for sale in Pioneertown, a tiny historic community in Southern California. Surrounded by mountains and otherworldly views of Joshua Tree National Park — and with only a dirt road for access — the remote property was the perfect place for a writer’s retreat.

Intent on preserving the pristine environment as much as possible, Leslie turned away from traditional site building and started researching prefabricated housing as a low-impact alternative. She came across the Los Angeles prefab startup Cover, and although the company had yet to complete their first build at the time, "everything clicked" from the moment she spoke to founder Alexis Rivas.

Spurred by her enthusiasm and vision, the startup made a special exception for Leslie—it usually focuses solely on accessory structures in Los Angeles—and designed and built a two-bedroom, two-bath house in the desert two-and-a-half hours away from the city.

"Once Alexis agreed to come to the desert, I felt confident the land would captivate him…and it did," says Leslie. "The Mojave has a magnetism unlike anywhere I’ve ever been, and our land—which we feel wildly blessed to be the stewards of—has its own powerful vibration and magic. I think he said yes in the first five minutes of being there."

The happy partnership also gave Cover the opportunity to prove the capabilities of their fully integrated panelized building system in a standalone primary house—as well as their system’s performance in a harsh desert landscape.

As a provider of turnkey designs, Cover created a completely custom 2 bedroom prefab house and took care of the permitting, manufacturing, site work, and installation. The 2 bedroom prefab home was delivered complete with fixtures, finishes, Wolf Sub-Zero appliances, and a state-of-the-art radiant heating and cooling system.

The project took about two years to complete, with the majority of the time spent preparing the foundation and utility work—which included connecting the home to the power grid with a new underground service line, drilling a new well for water, and installing a waste management system with a septic tank and leech fields. The manufacture of the panels, which were built in Cover’s factory, and on-site assembly took only six months to complete.

"Designing around the endangered Joshua trees, boulders, and the view was extremely difficult," says Thomas Heyer, lead designer at Cover. "We were able to overcome it through a combination of more rigorous 3D mapping using drone imagery and handheld photos, and by leveraging our panelized building system to modify the design of the home to integrate with the property."

Floor-to-ceiling, low-e windows with automatic integrated shades blur the line between indoors and out and "maximize the potential for awe" of the landscape, per Longworth’s request. In addition to the use of hydronic heating and cooling, the home further reduces its energy footprint with low-e windows, low-flow fixtures, and passive solar orientation that shields the interiors from the harsh desert sun. Longworth plans to add solar panels to her home in the future.

"We are particularly happy with how the floor-to-ceiling windows frame the boulders, especially in the master bathroom," adds Heyer. "The goal of the project was always to use the proximity of the large rocks and elicit a sense of continuity by framing them in the various rooms." - Dwell

Description from Airbnb

Sol to Soul is a luminous, all-white, architectural 2 bedroom prefab home, California, on five-acres in the Gamma Gulch of Pioneertown, fifteen minutes from the famous Pappy + Harriet’s. It’s a seven-minute drive off the pavement of Pipes Canyon Road down a private, well-maintained dirt road. You will pass fields of Joshua Trees -- far as the eye can see -- as well as some of the more beautiful architectural houses in the desert.

Sol to Soul 2 bedroom prefab home, California is high design in the wild desert, a retreat with every amenity for your heart, soul and comfort, surrounded by boulders that are millions of years old, all in harmony with the hawks, lizards, birds and bunnies, as well as the sun, stars and the Milky Way which appears over the house every night.

If ever there was a place tap into what you’re needing or desiring, it’s here. Do as little or as much as you feel moved to… even if you never leave the 5-acre grounds, you will leave recharged with the magic of this very special place. You are surrounded by thousands of boulders, some so large they will fill you with awe.

At Sol to Soul, you can easily spend the entire day just being – watching the sun rise, the clouds drift and the sun set (we’ve done it, it’s awesome). The interior of this 2 bedroom prefab home, California, is warm and elegant. The artwork has been curated from my favorite local and Venice artists. The furniture is predominantly European-designed – from Moroso to Christian Liagre – and has the softest, vintage Moroccan rugs throughout the house. For privacy, there are no windows facing the “street”. But every room has a floor-to-ceiling slider with magical views of the boulders and sky, and a deck to transition you into the wild (except for the bathrooms).

The bedrooms feature king-sized beds with My Green Mattress brand pure Dunlop Latex mattresses and pillow tops (all-natural from trees, no chemicals or metal coils); Egyptian cotton and linen bedding; floor-to-ceiling sliders so that you may sleep with a view of the moon and stars – or black-out curtains if you prefer.

Tucked into the shelter of a giant boulder, there is a deck with a top-of-the-line Hot Springs saltwater hot tub, outdoor shower and cozy seating area with some of the most amazing views at Sol to Soul. There are sun loungers on the master bedroom deck.

On the deck off the kitchen/living room, there is an outdoor sofa, lounge chairs and fire pit, in addition to a teak-dining table with seating for six. There is another teak dining table inside, also with seating for six. These two tables could be combined to entertain larger parties.

This 2 bedroom prefab home in California is equipped with a state-of-the-art radiant heating and A/C system; Wifi; built-in fire sprinkler system; and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

During your stay you may see lizards, cottontail rabbits, jackrabbits, coyote, hawks, bobcats, crows, families of quail, chipmunks, and myriad bird species.

Whatever you are moved to do or not do, let go of or allow to come in while you are here, we wish you a beautiful, enlightening, joyful, magical, transformative and memorable stay at Sol to Soul… where we welcome you to dream, play, burn, be and love.

Method Homes

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Sustainable design approach is a core value for a such company like Method Homes. Method Homes company believes every homeowner deserves to have ability to live, learn and work in quality and healthy prefab buildings and modular homes. Sustainable modular homes are more efficient, comfortable and better places created to live. Method Homes modular homes, prefab homes and prefab commercial structures are designed and built using only sustainable practices, systems and materials.

Method Homes prefab homes and modular commercial buildings can be built to obtain Passive House, ENERGY STAR, LEED, Living Building Challenge, and other modern environmental certification standards. State-of-the-art building off-site inside Method Homes custom facility minimizes construction waste compared to on-site building, to less than 10 percent and helps eliminate exposure to the elements. Reduced building time and any activity spent on the building site lightens significant environmental impact of the whole building process. Environmentally responsible, energy–efficient and elegant, Method Homes modular homes are available for transportation throughout most of Canada and United States.

Responsible Modular Design and Prefab Construction

Method Homes works with architecture design partners who share Method Homes' values, which means designing, engineering and constructing prefab modular homes and prefab modular commercial buildings that are using responsible, innovative and sustainable practices. Method Homes achieves their goals through focusing and concentrating on a tight modular building envelope, combining and integrating modern energy-efficient products and systems whenever possible, and significantly reducing material waste through building process in a centralized prefab factory location where building materials can be recycled and reused.

Quality Materials

Method Homes uses local products and the best quality materials whenever possible to ensure Method Homes modular homes are resilient, comfortable, and healthy. Method Homes gives customers the flexibility to select the energy and performance upgrades that are the best fit for their modular homes. Every Method home project comes standard with the following options:

  • Above-code insulation
  • Low or no VOC paints and adhesives, which means less chemical off gassing
  • No UA formaldehyde in any building materials
  • FSC Certified hardwood floors
  • Quiet and efficient ENERGY STAR rated vent fans
  • Locally harvested lumber within 500 miles
  • Low-flow fixtures
  • Dual flush toilets
  • Pre-wiring for solar

Leading Environmental Certifications

Method Homes is committed to innovation and quality in every modular home they build. Method Homes is experienced in prefab building process to meet leading environmental green certification standards and work closely with Method Homes' team of green environmental building consultants to ensure successful enrollment and execution in various environmental certification programs, including Living Building Challenge, Passive House, LEED, ENERGY STAR.

Added benefits for homeowners in building to modern leading environmental certification standards are effect in maximizing water efficiency and energy efficiency, resulting in cost savings for homeowners on water, light, and energy bills. In addition, certain home's certifications may qualify homeowners for federal tax credits and/or tax benefits based on the homeowner location.

Prefab ADU - Accessory Dwelling Units, California

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2 Bedroom Metal/Wood Prefab Modular House, Chile

Drawings / Floor plans
About Dx arquitectos

Architecture: Dx arquitectos, Roberto Mercado and Diego Pitters
Bedrooms: 2
Area: 100 sqm (1076 sqft)
Collaborators: Laura Catra, Amalia Cabezas
Builder: Metalcop Ltda.
Materials: metal structure and wood
Photo credit: Pablo Blanco
Location: San José de Maipo, Chile
Project Year: 2017
Construction Year: 2018

Description by architects

This project responds to the need to build a 2 bedroom modular house for a couple in the town of San José de Maipo.

As key requirements, the need for flexible spatiality was established, which would enhance the views of the property and that the implementation of the modular house respond to a prefabricated system that minimized the work on site.

In response, a program with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a loggia and a living-dining room with an integrated kitchen is proposed. The program is developed in a volume that has its longitudinal faces with absolute transparency in the east-west direction.

As a construction method, 3 fully enabled modules are executed in Santiago, which were moved and assembled on the ground to shape the final volume.

The construction time in plant was 8 weeks and assembly, 3 weeks.

The approximate cost of the 2 bedroom prefab modular house is around 28 uf/sqm, VAT included.

High Horse Ranch Prefab Modular House, California

The living-dining-kitchen space and attached patio are the social center of the project and overlook the expansive southern view.

About KieranTimberlake
About Moderna Homes
About Bent Level Construction

Project: High Horse Ranch
Architect: KieranTimberlake
Main house area: 2,580 square feet
Two guest cabins area: 290 square feet
Year: 2016
Builder / General Contractor: Buckeye Construction, Moderna Homes
Location: Willits, California
Structural Engineer: CVM
Civil Engineer: Adobe Associates
Lighting Design: Sean O'Connor Lighting
MEP Engineering: Engineering 350


AIA California Council Merit Award
AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award
AIA Philadelphia Merit Award

Description by architects

How can we orchestrate an intimate experience of nature while treading lightly on wild terrain?

Accessible only by winding gravel roads, the site for High Horse Ranch in California's Mendocino County is full of steep slopes and open meadows. The owners were struck by the dramatic experience of approach and arrival, where the edge of a cliff falls away and reveals a panoramic view of the forested valley below. Accordingly, the design was driven by their early vision of the guest experience: a long, climbing drive; a short, shaded walk to a sheltered welcoming area; and then, upon entering the house and rounding a corner, taking in the view.

The design evolved from a concept of how guests would approach the site and experience nature first hand. The site features steep slopes and vegetated areas of open meadow, manzanita thickets, and forests of oak, Douglas fir, and madrone.

A main house overlooks the valley and two guest cabins are carefully perched on natural, undisturbed clearings in the woods. The two cabins are satellites tethered to the main house's center of gravity, sharing its material palette of reclaimed wood, cor-ten steel, and floor-to-ceiling glass. The cabins depend on the main house as a meal-time and social gathering place, but each offers guests unique vantage points and the privacy of a standalone bathroom, desk, covered porch, and fire pit.

The main house is organized around a central living-dining-kitchen pavilion used for socializing and a more private bedroom-study pavilion. These spaces are designed to keep residents immersed in nature, with rooms defined by natural clearings and trees instead of walls and windows.

Intrigued by the precision and innovative design of Loblolly House, the owners favored building techniques that would touch the site lightly and reduce construction waste. As a result, the design uses off-site modular construction throughout with varying degrees of fit-out. The main house is comprised of two primary and 11 secondary modules, while the guest cabins are made from single, mostly-completed modules craned into place and set onto concrete piers. The factory-built modules were carefully transported up winding roads and set in place without harming a single tree.

Small Lightweight Aluminum Modular Prefab House / Mountain Shelter

Schemes/Drawings/Floor plans
About Lusio Architects
About Vitosha Nature Park

Design: Lusio Architects
Area: 13,8 m2
Year: 2017
Location: Vitosha Nature Park, Bulgaria

Mountain shelters serve as protection for climbers during severe weather conditions. However, a Bulgarian project team found that many shelters were destroyed, putting climbers at risk. As a winning proposal in the "Architecture of 2050" competition, this innovative small lightweight aluminum modular prefab house addresses this critical problem through a combination of sustainability, materiality and technology.

"If the shelter is to withstand the weather, it must protect itself first."

Designed by Lusio Architects, this small lightweight aluminum modular prefab house consists of four separate aluminum modules. The modules can be delivered by helicopter and then assembled on site. When set up, the shelter appears "hidden" on the mountainside to "not attract unwanted visitors". In case of bad weather, the shelter becomes a beacon, "with lights and sound that make it extremely easy to find, even in the thickest fog."

There are several elements integrated into the small lightweight aluminum house to assist in the safety and rescue of climbers. A direct video connection to the mountain rescue team is automatically activated when someone enters the shelter, and a floor heating system is powered by the solar and wind energy captured and stored by this small modular house. A system of hammocks is also included on the walls of the shelter to provide multiple resting spaces while saving space.

Based on weather conditions, the lightweight prefab aluminum house changes modes to ensure the safety of the people inside. The modes include "FIND ME Mode", "RESCUE ME Mode" and in periods of better weather, "RELAX Mode".

Description by architects

Three factors from the deep-dive research formed the shelter’s design:

it has to be smart and hidden when not needed, as many of the shelters in Bulgaria are destroyed by vandalism
it has to shelter people in extreme weather conditions as temperatures in Vitosha can drop up to 20 degrees in one hour, which makes the mountain dangerous and often times underestimated
situated in Vitosha National Park, it has to be light and sustainable, with a minimal footprint

Design solutions

The modular lightweight aluminum house has to be smart in order to protect the mountaineers, but also itself from unwanted visitors.

Via aluminum coating it reflects its ambiance and remains hidden in good weather. In case of bad weather conditions, the shelter transforms into a beacon, with lights and sound that make it extremely easy to find even in the thickest of fogs. In this mode of operation, a person walking inside would automatically activate the floor heating and video connection with the mountain rescue service. The low-positioned windows would invite him to sit on the warm floor and in case that the group is large, there are integrated hammocks into the walls which are easily pulled out. Also, water and shoe-drying containers are placed at the entrance.

The lightweight aluminum modular house is sustainable and produces energy through solar panels and a wind turbine and stores it into a high-capacity battery; its use is prioritised only for emergency cases and critical life support. Sensors for weather conditions and occupancy govern the shelter’s different modes. If threatening human behaviour is detected, a signal is immediately sent to the local mountain service and a video connection is established.

Its body is extremely lightweight and is inspired by the aeroplane industry. In order to have a minimal footprint, its modules can be transported via helicopter and assembled on-site.

2500 ft² Prefab Modular House, Mexico

Drawings/Floor plans/Sections
About Tropico de Arquitectura

Architects: VTALLER, Tropico de Arquitectura, TALLER DOS
Construction: TALLER DOS
Year: 2015
Location: Zapopan, Mexico
Representation: SEE 3D
Area: 230 m² (2500 ft²)

The proposal of the 2500 ft² prefab modular house arises from the search for a theme of using the interior space and the optimization of the use of materials to find a practical and efficient decision for construction and living space design. The client is an architect and builder, focused on the economic factor, fast construction process and maintaining a contemporary and elegant design.

The prefab modular house responds to a modular structural solution, leaving the apparent materials to act on their own. Steel as a structural element makes it possible to create openings that can be resolved with light walls and wooden panels, which are integrated between them to create the building's personality.

The space is open with the solution of offering sufficient natural light and cross ventilation on its two facades, the project is solved with a patio that generates activity on the ground floor, and acts as the heart of the prefab modular house. A double height ceiling generates breadth and connection from the entrance and there is a terrace that connects the interior with the exterior through a pergola.

The façade is resolved with a shutter that has the right angle so that the eastern sun does not enter directly into the interior, but as a soft and indirect light, creating an intimate and private atmosphere in the main room. In the wooden front there are modular doors that act as blinds for the same treatment of views, sun protection and privacy.

The prefab modular house achieves a formal abstraction by searching for the shape by itself, so that the decisions made are specific and functional, resulting in an order of natural elegance.

Modular Residential Tower, India

Residents can choose modules to attach to their apartments in modular residential tower, India

About Pooja Crafted Homes

Design: Penda Architects
Construction: Pooja Crafted Homes
Design: Team Chris Precht, Dayong Sun, Xue Bai, He Quan, Pengchong Li, Frank Li, Snow Sun
Area: 36,000 m²
Project year: 2015

The penda office released images of its first project in India. Based on a modular building system, Pooja Crafted Homes will allow residents of Vijayawada to organize their own apartments by choosing the modules from a catalog that will then be attached to the modular building's structure.

"In a time of mass production and a certain conformity in the construction industry, we try to use modern construction techniques to rescue a level of individuality for the residents of a tower. A type of individuality that you would have when building your own home," commented penda architects.

The tower, which is scheduled for construction in 2016, will be divided into eight distinct elements: structure, walls, facade, ceiling, floor, infrastructure, balconies and vegetation. As well as a modular shelving system, the modular tower's structural grid and infrastructure will be the only consistent elements in the building. Each unit will be customized by its residents to allow for future modifications.

"The modules differ in that they have different types of flooring, facade elements and internal organization. When choosing these elements, we offer owners a tool to become the designers of their own apartments", added the architects.

The different facades and open corridors of the building allow a constant air flow between the apartments, ensuring natural ventilation for the residents. A gray water and rainwater systems will be implemented to collect and reuse water for irrigation of vegetation.

Description by Pooja Crafted Homes

For those who dream with a passion for the extraordinary, Tree Storey is the search stopper. This project is an example of sound construction, high amenity value and a quality lifestyle. Spread over 6285 Square yards. The project offers you all the comforts and conveniences of modern urban living infused with nature-made tranquility.

Key Attributes

  • 95 Residential Apartments
  • Variable Unit Sizes of 2100 – 2650 Square Feet to meet every lifestyle requirement
  • Gated Community with perimeter Solar fencing, regulated ingress and egress
  • Larger Club House with plethora of features like Swimming Pool, party areas, Gym, Games Room etc.