Prefab Desert Two house in Palm Springs, California

About Jim Jennings Architecture
About Blue Sky Building Systems

Architect: Jim Jennings Architecture
Construction: Blue Sky Building Systems
Area: 2,200 sq.ft.
Location: Palm Springs, California
Year: April 2013
Photography: Nuvue Interactive

Walls for the three-bedroom 2,200-square-foot prefab house were framed in just three hours. Using 42 prebuilt steel panels from Blue Sky Building Systems, the crew started at 8:30 a.m. and had all the walls up by 11:30 the same morning. All the rough framing, including the roof, was finished in three days instead of the usual three to six weeks. Total elapsed time, from pouring the foundation to showing off the finished design: just 4.5 months.

3000 sqft Modern Prefab Home, California, TobyLongDesign

About Toby Long Design - Clever Homes
About Cipriani Studios Design

ArchitectureToby Long Design - Clever Homes, Cipriani Studios Design
ProjectBurlingame Residence
LocationBurlingame, CA
Area3000 sqft

This 3000 sqft modern prefab home replaced a dilapidated cottage on this beautiful street in Northern California. Located in Burlingame, CA, the house is a showcase of contemporary style and eco-friendly living. The design of the 4 bedrooms home includes a living roof, a myriad of recycled materials and energy-efficient features including electric car hook-ups. Developed by TobyLongDesign, the Cleverhomes process for constructing modern prefab homes is now easier and more efficient. Prefab evolved.

P.A.T.H. manufactured homes by Riko and Philippe Starck

The desire to do good, better and fairer has long driven the work and production of internationally acclaimed creator Philippe Starck, as well as the work of Riko, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of sustainable prefabricated wooden buildings. These joint values have brought them together to create Prefabricated Accessible Technological Homes – P.A.T.H., industrially manufactured houses tailored to meet the individual dwelling needs and expectations of people worldwide.

Each of the 34 models of houses from the P.A.T.H range is distinguished by Philippe Starck’s signature timeless design. Yet how you choose to create your own compelling living space is completely up to you – P.A.T.H. offers a wide range of house sizes, numbers of rooms, floors, and multiple open floor plans that best fit your lifestyle and needs. You can choose between different facades, a range of roofing types, a variety of interior finishes and fixtures, such as light fittings, floor finishes, bathroom tiles, and many other possibilities to personalize your P.A.T.H. Make the most of a wide palette of renewable energy producing equipment such as photovoltaic solar panels, wind turbines and heat pumps, and rest assured that P.A.T.H model houses are rapidly built and offer their owners full long-term assistance.

Krubiner Residence - Custom Made Prefab Home, California

Construction Process
About Swatt Miers Architects

ProjectKrubiner Residence
DesignSwatt Miers Architects
ManufactureSimpatico Homes
LocationEmeryville, California
PhotosRussel Abraham, Kate Carboneau

Designed by Swatt Miers Architects, built by Simpatico Homes the The Krubiner Residence is a modern custom made prefab home situated in Emeryville, California. Factory costs are typically around $150 per square foot for standard prefab homes by Simpatico Homes.

Description from Swatt | Miers Architects

The partnership with Simpatico Homes represents an opportunity for our firm to bring custom-quality architecture to a broader audience through the cost advantages of prefabrication. The Krubiner Residence, the Simpatico Prototype, is located in Emeryville just a few blocks from our office and was completed in January 2012. Simpatico Homes represents a unique opportunity to help transform housing by combining modern design with off-site prefabrication and LEED-certified sustainability.

Prefab House, Guest House and Sauna, Sweden

About Claesson Koivisto Rune

Project: Folded Roof House
Design: Claesson Koivisto Rune
Year: 2008
Location: Muskö island, Sweden

Folded roof house is CKR second house for Swedish kit house manufacturer Arkitekthus. A one-story house with an asymmetric folded roof plan. The bedrooms are positioned at the gable ends and the living room and kitchen is between, with an open main facade.

For the site on Musko island the separate guest house and sauna building were specifically designed for the the client.

Description from architects

In Sweden, as in many other countries, much of the market for new private houses is provided for by kit house manufacturers. In their catalogues you can pick your prefab house from a selection of styles and sizes to put on your lot. The advantage is that the price is more or less fixed and that the construction process is handled by the company. Unfortunately, these prefab houses carry little or no architectural ambition, as they are often designed by company engineers or sales people. The idea behind the new company, Arkitekthus, is to provide kit houses designed by leading architects at prices competitive with these other manufacturers.

Folded Roof house is our second house for Swedish kit house manufacturer Arkitekthus. It is a one-storey prefab house with an asymmetric folded roof plane. The floor plan provides for separation between private bedrooms and a communal kitchen and living room. The bedrooms are positioned at the gable ends and the living room is between, with an open main facade. The openings are fully glazed and inset into the house volume so that roof-covered terrace spaces serve as continuations of the interior. Another important visual feature is the framing of these insets by the thin wall and roof edges. This was possible because no insulation is needed in the sections located outside of the actual prefab house.

For the site on Muskö island, shown in the images here, the separate guest house and sauna buildings were specifically designed for the client.

The D*Haus - Dynamic Prefab Modular House

About The D*Haus Company

Description from architects

Conceived for the harsh, climatic extremes from ‘Lapland to Cape Horn and Aleutians to Auckland’ The D*Haus concept can respond dynamically to its environment by controlled adaptation to seasonal, meteorological and astronomical conditions.

The modular flexibility of the D*Haus allows adaptation from winter to summer, and day to night by literally moving inside itself. The thick heavy external walls unfold into internal walls allowing glass internal walls to become facades. Doors become windows and vice versa.

Dynamic Architecture
Like a Rubiks Cube

In the winter time, the prefab modular house is in a square formation, with small windows and high thermal mass. It literally hugs itself. As the season’s change and the climate warms, the house opens up, like a flower opens up to allow light and air to penetrate the inside of the modular building offering full panoramic views of the surroundings.

D*Dynamic literally unfolds itself like a Rubiks Cube. The internal walls become external walls, doors become windows and windows become doors. A prefab modular house like this has never been done before in the history of architecture and we believe that creating buildings that can adapt and change is a much more sustainable way of living.

It Mimics Nature
Ecological Haus

Solar radiation from the Sun can have a significant impact on a building’s performance. Whilst often a source of overheating due to inadequate controls, with thoughtful design it can provide a cheap and abundant source of energy in your building. This energy can be utilised to heat spaces in winter, provide hot water, and even generate ventilation for cooling in summer.

Winter Haus / Summer Haus
How It Works

Over the course of the year, D*Haus changes form to respond to its environment. It mimics nature. The modular prefab house opens up to respond to the environmental conditions, much like a flower opening over the course of a day.

A Kit Of Parts
Eight Houses In One

The modular prefab house is a product of an applied mathematical realisation. Thus from a manufacturing point of view, the design deploys only one set of materials to achieve the flexible possibilities which its design invites. This means that less waste is produced during the manufacturing process, and from a mass-production point of view, D*Dynmaic offers savings in both time and materials.

100 sqm Prefab Wooden House, Austria

Floor plan
About architect

Project: House for Gudrun
Design: Sven Matt
Area: 100 sqm
Budget: € 170,000
Primary energy requirement: 35 kWh / m²a
Year: 2010
Location: Mellau, Vorarlberg, Austria
Photography: Björn Matt

Sometimes there is no alternative to your own house: for your own peace, your own freedom, your own nature, your own way. Even the tight budget of a tight budget could not dissuade the client from her plans.

This is how this “two-room apartment” 100 sqm prefab wooden house was built in prefabricated wood, one storey, without a basement on a concrete floor slab.

The interior of the small, black-glazed prefab wooden house offers living and living space along the entire depth of the 100 sqm house, plus two other small rooms: one connected privately, the other accessible from the hallway.

Behind the entrance is a core for technology and wet room. You look outside through four large openings - one on each outer wall. Depending on their function, direction and surroundings, they reach down to the floor or are set off with a parapet, cut flat into the facade or deeply notched: in the east the access, in the north the bedrooms, in the south the dining area, in the west the private exit for a view of the valley.

The space economy led to the integration of the service components into the walls. This includes a wardrobe, kitchenette, built-in closet and a small writing space. A seat in the rear wall of the wet room is also included. This niche is darkened with concrete panels, as if you should be able to concentrate and retreat here - otherwise silver fir dominates the interior.

Entrance, hallway and functional cells have the usual room height, bedroom and living room extend below the flat sloping roof, making the rooms appear spacious. The building is heated by the woodchip heater of the neighboring house: the system supplies the underfloor heating under the ground cement screed.

Description from architects.

"Your own calm, your own freedom, your own nature, your own Art."

Large living space, two small bedrooms and the entrance area are offset by one organized core with technology and wet room. Four large openings form four image sections, four views inside. Depending on the direction and surroundings, with or without parapet - deeply incised or placed flat in the facade. Prime the private exit with a view of the expanding valley to the west, then to the east the access, dormitories to the north, dining area with a short hall to the south, where the neighboring buildings are closest.

The walls are designed in such a way that they integrate low-lying windows and serving components - kitchen units, built-in cupboards, a small writing place. The cloakroom and seat are also recessed in the central core of the bathroom. This is inside appears on the outside, however, with dark walls made of concrete control panels in contrast to the otherwise prevalent silver fir. The space remains free for small furniture.

There she lives. The large window to the west looks out into the distance, the entrance in the east points to the neighbors and in the center stands the dark core with fire and water. Sitting on the wooden deck, in the open air, she takes part in nature, with regular visits from neighbors and irregular visits from deer, fox and others.

Prefab Modular Houses by RES4, New York, USA

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