Modular Prefab Homes by Modscape, Australia

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Cliff House - Modular Prefab Home Concept

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Area 285 m² (3000 ft²)
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Project Year 2014

Imagine waking up every day with a 180° ocean view without leaving the comfort of your living room. Cliff House owners (not yet built) have hired the Australian Modscape office to design their dream home - hovering over the sea, tethered to a cliff edge. Cliff House redefines the meaning of "living dangerously" with its wide floor-to-ceiling openings and delicate metal frame.

The four-story modular prefab home develops below a two-car garage on top of a cliff, virtually invisible from afar. The car is parked at the top of the residence, accessible via a discreet staircase leading to the lower level. Once inside, residents face panoramic ocean views from every room. Spaces are stacked and privacy increases as we descend the stairs; thus, the kitchen is located above the living room, which is above the bedrooms, which have a private terrace on the lower level. The modestly sized  modular prefab home features a full kitchen, dining room, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and an open-roof spa.

The Modscape office is named after modular design, a brand of the team whose designs are based on sustainability and speed of construction. The office was challenged to rethink the notion of modular design in Cliff House design due to its remote location on the Australian coast. The  modular prefab home will be built from several stacked modular units set into the cliff surface through steel piles. In response to extreme conditions, the cliff-facing wall tapers as it descends, creating a sloping glass curtain inside the entire house.

The house resembles a parasite attached to a ship's hull due to its deployment below the cliff boundary. Modscape architects described the house as a "natural extension of the escarpment, rather than an addition to the landscape, creating an absolute connection to the ocean."

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Ivanhoe - Modular Prefab Extension, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Project Ivanhoe
Project Year 2017
Photography John Madden
Manufacturers Perini Tiles, Tongue n Groove, Lockwood, Interia, Signorino

In search of more space to house the growing family, the clients have opted for a modular prefab extension project rather than moving home. The modular prefab extension is an open space full of natural light, perfectly complementing the original design. A new double height access hall has been created in the middle of the house, clearly demarcating the boundary between the existing architecture and the new project. As soon as we enter this space, we are drawn to look up, where the circular skylight allows full natural illumination of the central space of the house.

In order to adapt to the inclined terrain, the modular prefab extension project had a small soil moving to create different levels between the original floor plan (which is now the children's space), the lobby and the new living area. This subtly marks the different areas of the house, while the same oak flooring has been used throughout the façade to create a sense of continuity between its different parts.

Next to the emptiness of the foyer is the heart of the house - the kitchen space. From the outset, the  clients made sure that the organization of the house's spaces was around the kitchen, carefully choosing the layout and finishes. Along with a large pantry, the kitchen is large enough to house the whole family while cooking, making it a place for meeting and socializing. This space is also favored by the large floor-to-ceiling windows framing views of the backyard and the surrounding large trees. Full opening sliding doors provide an even better transition between interior and exterior space - resulting in a relaxed and well-lit space.

Certified woods of different shades complement each other creating a perfect harmony in the facade of the building. The transition between the hollow panel of the curved brise and the solid timbered façade further enhances the volume of this architecture. This curved element is very practical - it offers sun protection as well as privacy, ensuring protection from the neighboring yard. For the couple, the top floor suite is a tranquil haven that floats lightly over the green garden area.

The modular prefab extension project includes active and passive systems to ensure that the home functions economically and efficiently. Thermal gain control; cross ventilation; high levels of natural light; double glasses; high performance insulation; rainwater storage; efficient lighting systems; potable water saving systems; and reverse cycle heating and cooling.

While the team of architects were busy building the modular prefab extension project within the factory, customers were still living in the house with no problem. They had to leave just four weeks before the installation began, while the team coordinated the demolition work and site preparation. The modules were installed in record time in just one day. And three weeks later, the team delivered the complete work so that customers could come in and bring this project to life.

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Tamarama - Modular Prefab Home, NSW, Australia

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Design Fox Johnston, Modscape
Location Tamarama, Australia
Area 337 m² (3600 ft²)
Project Year 2018
Photography John Madden

ManufacturersAmerican OakJames Hardie CompanyArtedomusSpeed ​​Heat
SignorinoKaldewei VaioEsceaDuPont
Astra WalkerFisher & PaykelBlackened Cambia AshAbey
SiemensTongue n GrooveLockwoodWhisper

Sydney-based clients approached Modscape after working with local architects, Fox Johnston, who developed a project tailored for the growing family. The home should fit their lifestyle through better connections between indoor and outdoor spaces, improved use of natural light, heating and passive cooling.

Modscape staff refined the project and respected the architect's initial intent. The resulting  modular prefab home design perfectly complements existing elements by connecting the front and back garden through the house, optimizing the relationship between interior and exterior.

Using the original housing configuration, the new residence works very similarly and incorporates the existing sandstone base in the landscaping, anchoring the building on site.

Downstairs spaces provide extensive alternative uses for the whole family. Visual integration is maintained between the kitchen, living room, dining room, exterior and office, creating an inclusive living environment with easy access to the beach, no pool required. In contrast, the yard works as an extension of the interior spaces thanks to the large glazed areas. An efficient top floor design comfortably accommodates five bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Designed to capture sunlight in winter and prevent it from warming in summer, the  modular prefab home incorporates movable wooden umbrellas that not only help soften the shape by adding layers and textures to the façade, but also help to prevent solar heat gain. Windows and skylights are used throughout the modular prefab home, maximizing light and producing natural cross ventilation that ensures a comfortable and bright home.

Internally, a palette of light materials, mostly wood, contrasts with the dark exterior. As you enter the front door you are greeted by a generous double-height hall with a staircase reflecting the wooden slats that are used externally on umbrellas. In the living room, wood extends from wall to ceiling to help subtly define the space and complement the oak floor.

Choosing quality materials that stand up to the intensive use of children rather than "colorful" finishes ensures that the result is a lasting and humble  modular prefab home design, yet at the same time elegant and timeless.

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About Modscape

Modscape was formed by people who value design, innovation and sustainability.

The company designs and builds beautiful and functional modular prefab homes and commercial projects across a range of industries – from healthcare and education to hospitality and transport.

Each project is designed for the specific site, taking into consideration passive design principles and the clients requirements. Design and finish options are limitless, but every design is the result of genuine collaboration with each client.

The owners of Modscape have combined their extensive experience in the design, development and construction industries. This experience has been supplemented by collaborating with architects, engineers, sustainable development consultants, industry organisations, suppliers, contractors and specialist consultants in their ongoing production.

Head office & factory

Address430 Francis Street, Brooklyn,VIC, 3012, Australia

Project Office

Address187 – 197 Military Road, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089, Australia

About Fox Johnston

Fox Johnston’s award-winning architectural practice focuses on permeability and integrity of built-form spaces.

Embracing the delicate balance between functionality and the poetics of design, our projects include multi-residential, bespoke homes, cultural, commercial, education and retail.

AddressLevel 1, 268A Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010 Australia

Building Materials and Engineering Systems Manufacturers

Perini Tiles

Homes should be built to last a lifetime, with a sense of both history and also what is yet to come. At Perini we see our role as being a bridge between your past and your future.

Our team has more than 80 years combined experience and we value the traditions of the past. We also keep our vision firmly placed on the here and now and where we see trends in tiles, kitchens and bathrooms heading. With so many years in the business we have a pretty good sense of what is a passing fad and what is a meaningful and innovative trend.

When you work with Perini you get a professional project partner with the highest standards when it comes to achieving outstanding results.

Just as importantly you get passionate individuals and a team that values family, story and the importance of home.

We look forward to working with you and being with you from concept to creation every step of the way.

Perini Tiles Richmond

Address615 Bridge Road, Richmond Victoria 3121 Australia

Perini Kitchens & Bathrooms

Address613 Bridge Road, Richmond Victoria 3121 Australia

Perini Tiles Warehouse

Address38 Dougharty Road, Heidelberg West VIC 3081 Australia

Tongue n Groove

At Tongue n Groove we are passionate about oak. We love its character, its patina and the elegance it bestows upon each and every project. It is this passion, along with feedback from the market, which inspired us to create a completely new type of engineered timber.

Most engineered wood is just layers of ply under a timber facade whereas our product is fashioned from three layers of solid European oak, bonded together using state-of-the-art engineering methods. This gives our customers one of the strongest boards on the market – unrivalled in terms of size, strength, flexibility of use, stability and quality.

However, it isn’t just our boards’ superior quality that has caught our clients’ attention, it’s our aesthetic appeal too. Working with some of Australia’s leading architects and designers, we have created an inspired palette of colours and finishes, all treated with natural oil to allow for easy maintenance. Moreover, since coming to market with this product, we have been commissioned by various practitioners up and down the country to collaborate on a diverse range of projects – both residential and commercial. Take a look at our project section to see some of our work!

Sydney, NSW

Address17-19 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017 Australia

Melbourne, Victoria

Address575 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121 Australia

Brisbane, Queensland

Address171 Robertson Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 Australia

Perth, Western Australia

WA DistributorRowan Streater

New York

AddressSOTA Floors, 128 East 32nd Street, New York, NY 10016, USA


Lockwood is the leading brand in the Australian locking industry. With a well-established reputation for high quality products, this iconic brand provides a wide range of locking solutions to residential housing, commercial building and industrial application markets, supported by an extensive distribution and after-sales support network.


ASSA ABLOY is a true world leader, the most successful and innovative provider of door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end user needs for security, safety and convenience.

With more than 150 companies operating throughout the world, ASSA ABLOY today is the largest company in the industry, offering a more complete product range than any other company in the market.

ASSA ABLOY's vision is to lead in innovation and provide well designed, convenient, safe and secure solutions that give true added value to our customers.

Australia - Victoria – Head Office

Address235 Huntingdale Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166, Australia

Australia - Queensland South

AddressUnit 8, 67 Miller Street, Murarrie QLD 4172, Australia

Australia - Queensland North

AddressRalph Buck Agencies, 15 Mackley Street, Garbutt QLD 4814, Australia

Australia - New South Wales

Address60/7-9 Percy Street, Auburn NSW 2144, Australia

Australia - South Australia

Address2 Myer Court, Beverley SA 5009, Australia

Australia - Western Australia

AddressUnit 1 & 2, 348 Victoria Road, Malaga WA 6090, Australia

New Zealand - Auckland - Head Office

Address6 Armstrong Road - Albany, North Shore City,New Zealand

New Zealand - Christchurch

Address112 Wordsworth Street, Sydenham, Christchurch,New Zealand

New Zealand - Wellington

AddressLevel 3, 10 Hutt Road, Petone, Lower Hutt,New Zealand
Fax+6404 9134213

Middle East - Sharjah Airport International - United Arab Emirates

AddressFree Zone Warehouse 153 - Section Q4, P.O Box 121635
Sharjah - United Arab Emirates

Australia - Export Department

Address235 Huntingdale Road, Oakleigh VIC 3166 Australia


Based in Tasmania, our studio has a focus on architecture, interiors & objects with a particular interest in projects of re-interpretation, adaptation and reuse.

Established in 2004, and lead by interior designer Karryn Dargie and architect Dean Baird, IN-TERIA Design & Architecture has undertaken architectural projects within Tasmania, and interstate, and has been recognised at both state and national level for exemplary project outcomes.


Our products embody our respect for traditional crafts, our curiosity for making, our fascination with technology and materials, as well as our commitment to simple and functional design.

We are extremely lucky to work with a team of highly skilled craftspeople, fabricators and manufacturers from whom we have been able to learn so much and together, create products that we love.



Since Managing Director, John Signorino, embarked on his career in a modest Brunswick store at the age of 17, he has lived and breathed the tile and natural stone industry for 50 years. Since the opening of the tile gallery 18 years ago, John has incessantly strived to be market leader and has since maintained his position at the industry’s forefront. “I love and appreciate quality, so what can I do other than promote well what I believe in,” says John.”I am proud to be part of the industry’s history and avidly look forward to reaching the company’s next milestone.”


Australia - Victoria – Richmond Showroom

Address484 Church Street, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia

Australia - Victoria – Signorino Stone Gallery

Address1 Taras Avenue, Altona North VIC 3025, Australia

James Hardie Company

In the mid 1980s, James Hardie pioneered the development of fiber-cement technology, and began designing and manufacturing a wide range of fiber-cement building products that made use of the benefits that came from the product´s durability, versatility and strength.

Using the technical and manufacturing expertise it developed in Australia, James Hardie Inc. expanded its operations to become a world-leading, specialized, high-technology manufacturer of a wide range of fiber-cement building materials.

Today, James Hardie Inc. is purely a fiber-cement business. It operates in markets around the world, with manufacturing operations in the North America, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. The businesses employ over 5,000 people who generate revenue of more than $1.5 billion a year.


USA / Canada

Address231 S. LaSalle St., Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois 60604
Address26300 La Alameda, Suite 400, Mission Viejo, California 92691

Corporate Headquarters

AddressSecond Floor, Europe House, Harcourt Centre, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

Australia - James Hardie CustomerLink™ Service Centre

Address10 Colquhoun Street, Rosehill NSW 2142, Australia
Phone 1131103
Phone 261288374709

Australia - FRC Pipes - James Hardie FRC Pipes Customer Service

Address46 Randle Road, Meeandah Qld 4008, Australia
Phone 11800659850
Phone 261732483222
Fax 11800639908
Fax 261732483299

Asia - James Hardie CustomerLink™ Service Centre

Address10 Colquhoun Street, Rosehill NSW 2142, Australia
Phone 1131103
Phone 261288374709

France - James Hardie Batiment SAS

Address6 Place de la madeleine, 6eme etage, 75008 Paris, France
Phone 10800903069
Phone 20800904868

Germany - James Hardie Europe B.V.

AddressBarckhausstrasse 16, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

The Netherlands - James Hardie Europe B.V.

AddressGustav Mahlerlaan 42, 1082 MC AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands

New Zealand

Address50 O'Rorke Road, Penrose, Auckland, New Zealand
Phone 10800808868
Phone 264800808868

Philippines - James Hardie Philippines Inc. CustomerLink™ Service Centre

AddressJames Hardie Brgy. San Isidro, Cabuyao Laguna 4025, Philippines
Phone 16328955427
Phone 2180018885427

United Kingdom - James Hardie Building Products Ltd.

AddressJames Hardie Brgy. San Isidro, Cabuyao Laguna 4025, Philippines
Phone 108000683103
Phone 208009173975

Modular Prefab Homes by Modscape, Australia