Wednesday, 25 February 2009
This prefab mini house comes from the swedish designer Jonas Wagell that has been experimenting with small space, prefab design. Prefab Mini House is quite possibly the next big thing in modern homes. According to Swedish building laws, property owners may build a second home on their property without a building permit. This allows homeowners to maximize their lot potential, and create a custom living space on an existing lot.
The modern Mini House makes sense, both economically and stylistically speaking. The home’s prefabricated flat-pack design offers an alternative to the traditional cottage, boasting the illusion of space in an ultra-compact 15m2 structure. An outdoor living area is separated from the fun, funky interiors by a large expanse of sliding glass. Beyond that, the details of the design are totally customizable, allowing the owner to create a mini dream design with a sauna, an office space, as extra sleeping quarters, or as a haven for relaxation.
The Mini House was designed for Swedish homeowners, whose zoning laws allow them one "extra house" of up to 15 square meters on their property without a building permit. The cottage is a typical Swedish timber structure with a large outdoor deck and a small indoor living space. A sliding glass door connects the indoors with the outside, making the interior appear larger.
Economic Prefab House located in the Saga Prefacture at the southernmost tip of the Japanese archipelago. Designed by Riken Yamamoto, This Economic Prefab House is constructed out of aluminum panels, this diminutive 24-foot by 24-foot box demonstrates how economy in size and fabrication can lead to surplus in style and coolness.
A prototype residence for SUS Corporation, a manufacturer of aluminum precision machine parts and furniture, this home was initially an experiment to create something out of aluminum that could not be expressed with steel. The exterior is inspired by the traditional use of tatami mats in Japanese homes — each of the four sides featuring transparent, opaque, and glass-covered aluminum lattice panels.
This Ecoms Prefab House by Japanese Architects is a perfect selection for either commercial or residential use, it offers two bedrooms, a bathroom, and storage on one floor and a kitchen, dining, and work space on the other. Flexible configuration allows for the work-live and private spaces to be interchangeable, depending upon the inhabitant’s needs and preferences.
Sunday, 22 February 2009
The dwell homes by Empyrean offer a partnership of modern designers, modern lifestyle designs, skilled craftsmen, system engineers and the highly respected Dwell Magazine.
This collection of superior modern designs uses a striking combination of basic geometric shapes to achieve refreshing simplicity. Designs blend clean detailing and open spaces with abundant natural light to create an uncluttered home that defines a modern lifestyle and a relationship with the environment.
"The separation of structure and skin offered by the post and beam structure allows for large expanses of glass and the potential for a true connectivity between indoors and outdoors”
Architect and homeowner
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Office of Mobile Design's Prefab ShowHouse, a development of the Portable House, exhibits the ideas of prefabrication, flexibility, portability and compact spaciousness. The Portable House by OMD offers open, compact, efficient living space with a variety of environmentally friendly finishes.
The Portable House's central kitchen/bath core divides and separates the sleeping space from the eating/living space in a compact assemblage of form and function. The steel frame structure, measuring 12 feet by 60 feet, was trucked to its site and set on a temporary foundation.
The Portable House's exterior is clad with metal siding and translucent polycarbonate panels, while its interior features a high sloping ceiling, a Boffi kitchen and bathroom, iPort sound system, flowing ventilation, radiant heat panels, and a variety of sustainable floor and wall materials.
Whether briefly situated in an urban lot, momentarily located in the open landscape, or positioned for a more lengthy stay, the Portable House accommodates a wide range of needs and functions.
About the Office of Mobile Design PortableHouse:
Office of Mobile Design (OMD), founded by principal architect Jennifer Siegal, designs prefabricated "non-permanently sited structures that move across and rest lightly upon the land." Homes originate from a line of prefabricated housing systems which allow for easy customization.
Base Price of Portable House Includes:
* Building construction and Installation
* Concrete foundation
* Transportation (limited)
* Engineering, permitting
* Durapalm and Plyboo flooring
* Wheatsheet and Kirei Board Sheeting
* Biocomposite cabinets, counters and cladding
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HyBrid Seattle, is a collective of seattle architects and artists 'Robert Humble and Joel Egan' leading the "cargotecture" movement - prefab housing using cargo shipping containers. a multi-disciplinary team of creative thinkers in the fields of architecture, art, landscape architecture, history and urban ecology. It's the ideal in sustainable development - there's an abundance of cargo containers, plus the homes can quickly be installed and removed.
Transforming the common shipping cargo containers into houses, studios, shops and work spaces is a great idea. Cargotecture, as Joel Egan and Robert Humble call it, offers large, low-cost prefab housing solutions based on a vision of sustainability and a modular approach.
HGTV's "Small Space, Big Style" feature on their "Studio 320," a studio apartment made from two shipping containers. Surprisingly, the studio's interior looks quite swanky. Rocks collect rainwater, which are channeled into rain barrels for the shower, sink and toilet, and solar panels provide the studio's electricity. Team HyBrid proposed "cargotecture" for a redevelopment along the Seattle waterfront and in Portland, and have protypes for global housing and entire cargo communities.
Saturday, 7 February 2009
The Black Barn Prefab House, from the Pinc House Prefab , Black Barn is a modern adaptation of the Viking longhouse with exposed ceiling beams and strategically placed windows.. This beautiful yet simple structure comes in black calcimine with a tarred wooden roof and visible beams.
The sculptural mass of the black-washed wood exterior contrasts with the lightness of its interior, which features walls and floors of white-painted pine. The largest floor plan offers 2,368 square feet of space: it includes two full baths and two bedrooms on the lower level, with a master suite and multipurpose space occupying the lofted second level in addition to a separate laundry room and sauna.
Base pricing ranges between $300,000 and $370,000. Pinc was awarded the prestigious Red Dot Design Prize in 2005 from Design Zentnum in Germany for best achievement in the category of architecture and design.
MODABODE has designed the e-BODE, a stunning new housing product for the 21st century. An e-BODE is modernist, stylish and flexible. It will delight a generation of design-orientated consumers seeking a luminous modern living space with architectural integrity.
An e-BODE consists of prefabricated, modular units that are constructed in a factory to ensure a finish of the highest quality. An e-BODE is ordered with ease and manufactured in a few weeks.The modules arrive at your site on a flat-bed truck, ready to be positioned on the foundations. An e-BODE will be a calm refuge from a hectic world and the perfect backdrop for the shifting patterns of your family life.
An e-BODE features full-height glazing, a beautiful modern bathroom and kitchen, high ceilings, timber floors and a wrap-around verandah that forms an integral part of the living space. Each module measures 3.6 x 14.4 m and provides an internal floor area of 50 sq. m. A single module could be a holiday retreat, a guest studio in the back garden, an office or an extension for elderly relatives. An e-BODE made up from 2 or more modules forms a large family house.
The modules are elegantly protected from the elements by a separate oversailing roof, designed to shed rain water quickly and shade the living spaces and verandah from the sun. The roof is eye-catching but delicate, dynamic but practical. It symbolises the design philosophy of the e-BODE.
The e-BODE modules are manufactured by Mod-Eco in their 3000 sq.m Albury factory. The enclosed and protected workspace allows conditions to be regulated and the highest standards of construction and finish can be assured.
The basic modules are steel framed to ensure robustness for transportation. The external panels of glazing, solid walls, louvred windows and doors are fitted to the frame in the factory. The interior is then carefully assembled, before the whole module is transferred to a flat-bed truck for delivery.
The large oversailing roof is supplied as a separate element, as are the verandah decks. The simple lightweight structure that supports the roof is fitted to the modules once on site using pre-fabricated connecting plates.
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