Koby Cottage "Represents a Revolution in Modular Construction"

Koby Cottage Exterior© Garrison Architectus

Jim Garrison of Garrison Architects submitted the Koby Cottage to Inhabitat last month. It is a lovely prefab built in 2008 for a good cause: a guest house for families visiting children at Starr Commonwealth, a non-profit in Michigan. Unlike most modular designs of the period, it was built of steel; the architect writes:

Koby structure© Garrison Architects

This building was commissioned by Kullman Buildings Corp. as an opportunity for us to implement a new modular technology: a welded, factory produced frame chassis akin to the trellis frame on a Formula One racing car or Ducati motorcycle. The new technology represents a revolution in modular construction.

He continues on Inhabitat:

The 1,100 square foot prefab cottage consists of two modules raised and separated for light, space and privacy. Koby is the first building constructed using the KFS (Kullman Frame System), an extremely strong and efficient modular space frame system consisting of hollow tubular steel and allowing large cantilevers and window openings.

Koby Dining© Garrison Architects

The design celebrates its construction, with the glass roof connecting the two modules over the dining room table and its long cantilevers towards the lake. The flooring, which appears to have been installed in the factory, looks absolutely perfect on the site.

Koby Interior© Garrison Architects

Unfortunately this particular revolution in modular construction got crushed at birth; Kullman, founded in 1927 and famous for its diners, is out of business for reasons described in a previous post here.

But they certainly went out in style.

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