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  • Prefab Renovation by Koji Asako

    March 14, 7:30 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    In Japan, modern prefabs have been around so long that they are into their second life as renovations. Dwell shows an interior retrofit by Koji Asako of Geneto, a Japanese architecture firm, of a 25 year old unit. Audrey Tempelsman writes "Japanese

  • Prefabs for Pets

    March 7, 11:45 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Our new puppy will be so happy in his new architectura prefab. "Inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, architectura is a pet house designed for dogs and cats. slatted walls on two sides provide excellent ventilation and a fun place for pets to

  • More on RuralZED Green Prefabs

    March 7, 11:26 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    We were very excited when Sami first showed us ruralZED, the UK's first commercially viable, affordable and ready to purchase zero-carbon home; now there is more information on the RuralZED website.

  • Kit Houses from Sears Hold Their Value

    March 2, 12:23 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Sears sold lovely architect-designed homes in kit form from 1908 to 1940; the $4,347 model shown above is a ""Dutch Colonial with four bedrooms, one full bath and a lavatory; up-to-date kitchen with folding ironing

  • Achieving Density in Prefabricated Housing

    February 29, 1:58 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    One of the problems with modern prefabricated housing is the challenge of achieving greater densities and adapting to more urban milieus. Tim Pyne is trying it with his M-Hotel; Andrew Maynard proposed his Corb V2.0;; Now, in the spirit of Bernard

  • M-Hotel By Tim Pyne

    February 29, 12:00 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    We are longtime fans of UK architect Tim Pyne, one of the prefab pioneers with his lovely M-House. Now he has gone multi-unit with his M-Hotel proposal. The 500 square foot units plug into a steel frame "a bit like Corb did at the Unite" - I think it

  • OFT: Plug-In House

    February 25, 10:21 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    So you are having a kid and the house is too small. Or mom is moving home and you need another room. So why do people have to move under such circumstances? When your hard drive is full you can plug in another, because they are all designed to be

  • RR House by Andrade Morettin Arquitetos

    February 13, 11:22 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Itamambuca in the state of Sao Paulo has intense humidity, hot sun, heavy rain and lush vegetation, and evidently lots of bugs and other things running around.

  • How They Build in Sweden: Panellized Prefab

    February 8, 9:10 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Architect Greg La Vardera of Lamidesign (see his Plat House on TreeHugger here) writes about how different construction is in Sweden, quoting a correspondent:

  • Kithaus at Design Within Reach

    February 7, 9:04 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    There has been a proliferation of garden shed designs recently; they are a great way to get more space without permanently adding on to your house, and can be a great place to work, work out or just get away from everything. They also often do not need

  • Party Dress: The Ultimate in Movable Architecture

    February 5, 10:15 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Components: Five models. One dress. Three ladders. Two lights. 12 white folding chairs. Cupcakes. Mix them together and what do you get? Party Dress, designed by sisters Dana and Karla Karwas, " a music pavilion worn exclusively by five women

  • Aluminum House by Atelier Tekuto

    February 5, 9:45 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Here is an interesting idea from Dezeen for a prefabricated house; Tokyo architects Atelier Tekuto (known to TreeHuggers for a really skinny house) are developing an aluminum structural system that also works as a radiator for heat, and a conduit for

  • ASAP House by Laszlo Kiss

    January 28, 10:23 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    The New York Times covers the ASAP (About Saving the Planet) house being built in the Hamptons by Laszlo Kiss, who is "combining his modular aspirations with alternative energy technologies to create a Hamptons house that he hopes will marry modernist

  • Is it a Prefab or is it a Boat?

    January 22, 9:54 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Perhaps it is a bit of both; Brock Junkin of Rankin inlet was inspired by the traditional Inuit practice of turning a summer hunting boat upside down for a winter shelter. Covey

  • Wayback Machine 1971: The Venturo Prefab

    January 16, 1:41 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    There is really nothing new about many of the modern prefabs that everyone is going gaga over; back in the 70's Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed the Venturo, a bit less extreme than his wonderful Futuro House. It appears to have been used

  • A Useful and Agreeable Prefab

    January 11, 3:24 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Those frequent fliers at travel site/mag/tv whatever Useful + Agreeable must be settling down, because they have commissioned a prefab (or is it?) from Neil Denari, who says "the u+a pre-designed mini hi-rise is not only a tightly designed house that

  • Logical Homes at CES

    January 9, 2:09 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    When we first saw De Maria Design's Redondo Beach House, we took a pass -it just didn't look like "Seventy percent of the building is efficiently created/assembled in a controlled shop environment" when the pictures show empty boxes and conventional

  • Travelodge Building Pop-Up Prefab Hotels

    January 8, 6:38 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    We previously showed the Travelpod, an experimental prefab from Travelodge, and thought it was an interesting one-off. We were wrong; the company is looking seriously at prefab hotels and is building their first in the west London district of Uxbridge,

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