The Standard House
Designed by Chilean firm Sabbagh Arquitectos, this house is larger than your typical prefab and acclimated to a highly unusual location—floating in the water. The prefab modules were made from shipping container material. Concrete slabs were used in the home's lower reaches, while metal used in higher areas lightens the load up top.
GO Logic Home
The GO Home, by Maine architect Matthew O’Malia, isn’t just prefab—it’s a passive home, a tightly insulated structure that harnesses passive-solar gain to provide much of its interior heat requirements. The barn-shaped house makes use of large windows to capture as much natural sunlight and warmth as possible.
The American House
At first glance, the American House, by architect William Massie, looks like a midcentury modern home straight out of Palm Springs. Actually located in Michigan, this structure consists of a prefab steel frame with manufactured structural panels. Expanses of glass unite the interior with its surroundings and include a skylight over the shower, which opens for ventilation.
Taliesin Mod Prefab
Prefab Log Cabin
This modern-day log cabin by French architectural firm OLGGA is actually broken apart into separate buildings, one housing the living areas and the other containing the bathroom. The enclosed ends resemble the cross section of a stack of logs; the window allows a view inside at the unique application of logs to the interior.
The Glenburn House by Australian architect Sean Godsell also appears to rise up from its surroundings. The long rectangular shape is centered in a valley between two small hills. While the siting is aesthetically pleasing, it also protects the house from weather and intense summer sun.
The Kip House by 3XN encourages a strong dialogue between exterior and interior; one side is completely open to the outdoors with floor-to-ceiling windows. The black-clad exterior makes the house stand out in its surroundings.
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