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
About Pro-Fab Builder home, manufactured home, prefabricated house Pro-Fab Group was founded in 1989 in Vallée-Jonction and employs nearly 250 people. The company demonstrated the quality of its production by building the first Kinsmen prefabricated house in 1998, which it continued to manufacture for the next four years. The quality of its products and service has earned the company an enviable reputation and ensured steady growth. Significant investments to support this growth were made in 2011 through the addition of a new building in St-Apollinaire housing a new, more spacious design center and an R&D facility.
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.
Affordable and Versatile Sommerhaus Piu Prefab Vacation Home The collaboration between German industrial designers Patrick Frey and Björn Götte led to the construction of this small but comfortable vacation house named Sommerhaus Piu Prefab Vacation Home. The affordable house can act as a vacation home, a weekend retreat or even a year-round home for those with a small budget. The cabin home displays a modern design that stands out in the middle of nature with its slightly pitched roof and colour duality. 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.
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. Primary Residence/Laneway Homes Chantslar Welcome to the Chantslar, based on a primary residential home with a modern westcoast design, ... Laneway 33′ The Laneway 33′ was specifically designed for smaller lots in Vancouver, BC. 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
Green Prefab Shed Homes: Small Space Living by Design Sheds do not sound like something you would want to live in, but as modern modular, mobile and miniature houses become increasingly popular sustainable living space options, well, even products dubbed with titles like the Big Shed and Little Shed is not such a bad idea. There is an art to designing smalls-space structures so they are convenient and compact but also comfortable and livable – and a certain lifestyle of simplicity sought by many that makes them a good match for some people.Plus, these designs by Dwelle are relatively affordable as home prices go: you can buy ones of these all-in-one buildings (and not worry about the hassles of construction) for between fifty and eighty thousand dollars. This surprisingly cheap and simple-yet-modern shed home is has its own living area complete with fireplace, elevated bedroom loft space and separated restroom and cooking areas.
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. Minarc / mnm-MOD Prefab Homes Minarc is a Los Angeles based firm that designs modern prefab homes using its proprietary mnm-MOD modular wall and structure assembly system. The mnm-MOD system is a flexible, steel framed, foam-sandwhich wall and floor panel offering lower-cost, high-efficiency, easy to customize and assemble building construction. Minarc / mnm-MOD Home Features / Design Focus Cataloged kit of parts house building systemPre-cut, pre-drilled, assembly readySteel frame, foam sandwich wall panelsNo wood construction productsNet-Zero Carbon
Treehouse Solling by Baumraum By Eric • Sep 26, 2011 • Selected Work Andreas Wenning, principal of Bremen-based studio Baumraum has sent us photos of the Treehouse Solling project. This amazing two-story contemporary treehouse and its 280 square foot main terrace are located in Uslar, a town in Lower Saxony state, Germany. Though Solling is not a true treehouse as it doesn’t rely on living trees for its structural support, it is really a dream come true for its lucky owner! Treehouse Solling by Baumraum:
Modular building structure - Sowers, John Mark The invention relates generally to building structures, and more particularly to a modular building structure that can be used to expand a permanent structure, and be easily disassembled for re-use when no longer needed. A simple method of facility expansion (e.g., as in the case of schools) includes the use of free-standing trailers or mobile office units that have been pre-fabricated and delivered to a site. While these units include their own climate control and lighting systems, and lend themselves to quick set-up, they also present a variety of problems. For example, the occupants have to walk outside when moving between the existing facility and the mobile unit(s). In addition, the nature of mobile units prevent them from being large enough to serve as a library, cafeteria, or other large facility space that must be shared by all occupants. Other objects and advantages of the present invention will become more obvious hereinafter in the specification and drawings.
Mascotelos House \ ER Studio – Eric Rodrigues Arquitecto Mascotelos House, drawing courtesy ER Studio - Eric Rodrigues Arquitecto The project of a dwelling house in Mascotelos sees on its terrain a conceptual opportunity as well as a circumstance to which it cannot escape: a narrow lot with a slope of three meters between the two fronts, in a relatively rural environment. The accessibility is solved in fronts, an automotive access to the ground floor and a pedestrian access to the highest stage of the northern front. To minimize the visual impact of the house to the landscape, while protecting itself from any visual noise from the surrounding lots, we develop an idea of the courtyard house. Where a staircase would be the route and part itself of a courtyard / garden sided to the house, establishing this one a close relationship between interior and exterior to it.