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. 1) Unit size and design Look at any old farmhouse from the last century and you will find most are tight, square, two storey boxes; it minimizes surface area and, since heat rises, they tend to be easier to heat. But the more interesting thing about its design is the floor plate size and the number of modules. photos by Lloyd Alter unless noted2) Architectural Design The Cube was designed by a Winnipeg architect, Ed Calnitsky.
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. Constructed in the spring of 2006, Modular 3 is a prefab house perched from the highest point in its local vicinity. Modular 3 takes full advantage of the 1,200 square feet of living space offering two bedrooms and one bath, with a movable storage wall that creates a flexible design where a single bedroom can become an office and separate storage space. Wood is the natural material of choice for building the prefabricated units, as it is economical, easy to assemble, and flexible in maintaining structural tolerances. The modular units are constructed structurally independent from one another.
pieceHomes: modular modern homes by Davis Studio Architecture + Design 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. The Trend: Image Courtesy Having said that these nomadic houses were once looked down upon, the current financial turmoil, however, has led people to consider limiting their needs and embrace minimalism. Average time to set up a prefab home: What should interest a prospect homebuyer about prefabs is their epigrammatic construction-time. The Design and Construction: The smartly designed prefabricated houses make a space feel larger than it is. • itHouse
fabprefab 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. Green features include a Solar Edwards Heat Pump hot water system that uses refrigeration technology in reverse to heat the water. When talking about green residences, the discussion often centers around materiality (what’s it made of?) If you’re wondering about more traditional green features, the Perrinepod has a high-tech solar system available that powers the home as well as heating water. As for the pricetag, the one-bedroom version, which weighs in at a hefty 114 tons, starts at $125,000, while a three-bedroom, two-bathroom pod starts at $250,000. + PerrinepodVia Perth Now
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. Don’t get me wrong, I love prefab and many of the firms out there with cutting edge designs in the prefab realm. Below we will look at this issue from two points of view. Prefab’s Claims to Greatness There are a variety of claims made by prefab proponents to support the idea that this method of home delivery is the best way to provide modern architecture to the masses. They are:
The R1 Residential by Grace Street The r1 Residential: 2,000ish sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2 story green, modern house. Click here to view the first floor and second floor pdfs. Click here to see dimensions and layout of the R1 Residential with The R1 addition. Statement: We want a green, modern, gorgeous, affordable house. I approached 3 North to work on The R1 Residential as they specialize in small spaces. Let's talk about this two story design. Check out the partitions in the dining area. The R1 Residential also has NEW ADD ONs... 1st floor: 1196 s.f. 2nd floor: 832 s.f. So what DO you get? Each SIPs house kit is fabricated by the plant closest to you geographically. The Wall and Roof Packages are SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) which provides great insulation. Note: If you need higher R-values, we can adjust our panels accordingly: 4 5/8” -- R-Value 15 6 5/8” – R-Value 24 8 3/8” – R-Value 31 10 7/16” – R-Value 39 12 7/16” – R-Value 47 Recommended Features / Systems: Click below to see the floorplans, enlarged.
PieceHomes Standard Series Standard As the name of this range of products will highlight, the Standard series by Piece Homes focus around their basic prefab offerings which are built with the affordability principle in mind. In total, there are nine products will fall under the Standard umbrella: 2250MV3Solar WallSolar PassageVenice 2Venice 3The SingleThe Double320 As some may gather through the name of this building, it is set across 2,250 square feet of internal floor space. The name of this product is less descriptive although for those that are interested, the 'MV' stands for mountain view where the initial design was based while the '3' is there because of the three module approach the building takes. Solar Wall The extensive use of glass doors is the reason behind the name of this product, while it has managed to incorporate four bedrooms and three bathrooms as well. Solar Passage Venice 2 Venice 3 The Single The Double Piece Homes Standard series:
DIY-Prefab 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). Selected projects utilizing shipping containers. Info credits: Zack Smith, Kevin Tze King Ho. Back to top of page Useful linksIf you have any relevant links let us know Container Sources Shipping containers are widely available - here are just a few of the many sources: Allied Container Products Antioch, California Seabox East Riverton, New Jersey Factory Containers Direct - Inventory available in multiple locations- see web site. Technical Resources Books
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