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.
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.
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+ 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: 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.
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. Additionally, Perrinepods can be stacked on top of each other (up to 30 units tall!) to create larger complexes.
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. It offers a magnificent view of the downtown Kansas City skyline, accentuated through extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing. Chosen not only for its view, the siting of Modular 3 fills in a once vacant lot, intended as a part of the solution towards the renewal of the city.
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!
Studio 101 Designs - ridge0™ 2,341 sq ft of livable area + 246 sq ft of storage + 261 sq ft of ext decks / 3 bedroom + 2 bath Download floor plan The ridge0™ is a fully customizable home with a large flex space upstairs and various options available for exterior siding, interior finishes, plumbing fixtures, HVAC systems (including radiant floor heating) and accordion doors. 1Standard model pricing includes: 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.
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.
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.