House made from prefabricated timber elements, Austria

A large living space of the house made from prefabricated timber elements, the entrance and two small bedrooms are organised around a central core containing the technical installations and bathroom. Four large openings create beautiful views into the surrounding landscape.

Design: Sven Matt
Location: Mellau, Vorarlberg, Austria
Area: 90 sqm
Budget: € 170,000
Year: 2010
Photography: Björn Matt

Hydeaway House by Schwartz and Architecture, Sonoma, CA

"The design for this 1,900 square foot home adjacent to a working vineyard in Sonoma begins with a simple, one-story rectangular floor plan, not unlike any number of recent pre-fabricated prototypes for low cost, sustainable single-family homes. But then, the shape of the house begins to morph with the push and pull of the surrounding environment. The simple rectangular box folds in two to embrace the open 1-acre site. Walls skew under the rectangular roof to focus on near and distant views. This then creates the tapering roof overhangs that strategically protect the private spaces from the harshest of the summer sun. In the end, the design retains the benefits of a simple plan with streamlined construction, and the economical and sustainable use of materials. Yet with just a few subtle shifts in the plan, we create a home engaged with its surroundings and far more able to take advantage of the best its site has to offer -- qualities often lacking in the simple box." Schwartz and Architecture

Design: Schwartz and Architecture
Contractor: Eames Construction
Photography: Matthew Millman, Eddy Joaquim

Fishers Island House by Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York

"Situated on a wooded lot with views to either side of Fishers Island, this vacation home boasts all the amenities one could desire of a beach home. Built for a family that currently resides in London, this 4,469 sf home serves as a gathering place for a large extended family during summer months and the holiday seasons. With the ability to sleep and gracefully entertain dozens of people, this thirteen-module prefab home will be transported by ferry to Fishers Island, which is located just off the coast of New London, Connecticut." Resolution: 4 Architecture

Size: 4,469 sf
Modules: 13 Boxes
Typology Series: Double Wide
Bedrooms: 6
Baths: 5
Features: Media Room, Roof Deck, Bunkroom, Screened Porch, Guest Suite, 2 Car Garage, Workshop, Outdoor Shower, Outdoor Fireplace, Outdoor Kitchen
Environmentally Friendly Features: 96% Energy Efficient Boiler, Solar Photovoltaic System, Green Roof, Solar Hot Water, SystemGrass Pavers,
Interior: Bamboo Floors, Maple Cabinets, Caesarstone Countertops, Aluminum Clad Wood Windows with Low E, Slate Bathroom Floors, Insulated Glass
Exterior: Azek Infill Panels, T&G Cedar Siding, Ipe Decking, Cement Board Panels

Project Credits:
Resolution: 4 Architecture
Joseph Tanney, Robert Luntz
Project Architects: Paul Coughlin, Brendan Miller
Manufacturer: Simplex Industries
Project Coordinator: Jason Drouse
Engineer: Lynne Walshaw P.E., Greg Sloditskie
Contractor: BD Remodeling & Restoration
Interior Decoration/Furniture: David Bentheim
Photographer: © RES4