containerbay There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books. Selected projects utilizing shipping containers. Prefab (Better than Modular) Green Homes Our homes offer inspired designs, sophisticated green standards and quality construction in an extraordinarily convenient way – to make life simpler, healthier and more beautiful for you. A team of leading architects has combined warm eco-friendly materials, clean and spacious lines, high ceilings, and thoughtful storage systems to create delightful, sun-drenched indoor spaces. Blu’s proprietary building process and innovative steel-framing technology allow our homes to be built to the highest aesthetic and environmental standards and be delivered quickly and economically nationwide. We are committed to reducing stress and risk for our customers by simplifying and streamlining the home-building process.
Proven Technology The 11-gauge galvanized steel components used in a BONE Structure home are precision-designed on 3D software and precision punched or laser cut. The structure can be anchored to any type of foundation such as a walk-out basement, concrete slab, insulating concrete form (ICF) or pillars using our patented XYZ BONE Ankle System. Exterior columns are at 5-foot intervals and enable you to build spaces up to 25 feet without having to break up the space with intermediate columns or load-bearing walls. In fact, you could have a single, open room measuring 25' x 100' if you wanted! The structure is reinforced by steel bracings and then metal supports are added for interior and exterior furring.
Modern Modular Done Right from Challenger Living A lot of lessons have been learned over the last decade as architects and manufacturers try to make modern green prefab affordable and accessible to a wider audience. A new entry into the market is Challenger, a modern architect-designed line of houses from Manitoba, Canada's Conquest Manufacturing. They recently displayed a new model, the Cube, at the National Home Show in Toronto. By way of background, prior to coming to TreeHugger I spend a number of years trying to introduce modern modular to the Canadian marketplace, and did just about everything wrong. Looking at the Challenger line, I think that they have done just about everything right. 1) Unit size and design
Modern Modular Prefab Canada LivingHomes are now available in Canada! Nexterra Green Homes recently installed the first of four RK6.2 [LINK] in a community of LivingHomes they' re building in Toronto. Their LivingHomes are available for purchase, including their showhome which will be open for public tours in Spring 2012. Nexterra is also available to develop custom LivingHomes in the Toronto/Calgary areas. Click here to more information about Nexterra or here to email them with questions. In other parts of Canada, please contact us directly to discuss how we can work with you to build a LivingHome! Families, Empty-Nesters 3-4 bedrooms + additional pods3 baths1 level56' x 54'starting at $635,000optional pod $155,000+ 2-3 bedrooms2-2.5 baths1 level57' x 39' - 6"starting at $350,000 3 bedrooms2 baths1 level60' x 36' | 71' x 40'starting at $465,000+ 2-3 bedrooms2 baths1 level57' x 20' - 6"$285,000+ 2 bedrooms + additional pods2 bathrooms1 level36' x 64' - 6"starting at $465,000optional pod $155,000+
Logical Homes Welcome to Logical Homes Fifty years ago it was assumed that by now we would all be living in space stations high above the earth. Yet the future didn't quite work out that way. Most of us live on terra firma in homes that (in the rich western world) are built pretty much the same way as those constructed fifty years ago: by people standing out in the sun hammering wood together. At Logical Homes we strive to design homes that are appropriate for the era we live in.
PREFAB FRIDAY: Perrinepod If you need a cute prefab home that can be built in 3 days and withstand everything from earthquakes to cyclones, than the sleek and chic Perrinepod is your answer. This disaster-proof prefab is not only durable, but green in its material, systems, and long life-span. Designed by architect Jean-mic Perrine, Perrinepod merges modern luxury and green living in a compact, modern home.
Your Ultimate Guide To Prefab Homes - Green Diary In recent years, we’ve seen some highly ultramodern homes going beyond the reach of the commoners. Keeping it a bit low, where an average American home costs about $200,000 (more or less), a distinctively attractive abode, dubbed as Prefab Home – unrelated to the futuristic aspect of living; promises style, of course – has gradually come to the fore. Frequently derided as trailer homes, mobile homes, manufactured housing, and modular homes, these wide trailers or mobile-home parks are, now, an essential part of modern American way of life.
Studio 804 - Modular 3 Prefab House Previously featured on Archinnovations for their Sustainable Prototype, Studio 804 is a design/build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Studio 804 provides students with critical knowledge that prepares them for their future work as young architects in a rapidly changing and challenging profession. This is another tour-de-force by this program. Prefab is Not the Answer to Affordable, Modern, and Green Homes This article was authored by guest Chad Ludeman of Postgreen Homes. Prefab homes seem to be showing up more and more in the media these days, especially with two large exhibits in Philadelphia showcasing their history this year. Like many, I hoped that prefab would be the answer to bringing modern architecture to the masses in the US and beyond. I thought that finally, modern home design would be attainable by those of us who aren’t pulling in lofty six figure incomes. That was until I conducted extensive research into the possibility of starting a development company in Philadelphia using only prefab homes.