Prefabricated Architecture which are the affordable and sustainable housing solutions we need in 2021!


Prefabricated architecture has recently gained popularity and momentum! Essentially, it’s about fabricating buildings or constructing various components in a particular location, whichever is best for construction, and then when completed, transporting it to the final site or location. Prefabricated architectural designs have a multitude of advantages: they reduce costs, ensure that projects are more sustainable and efficient, and they also prioritize and pay attention to simplicity and modularity. And we’ve curated a collection of our favorite prefabricated designs for you – from cozy little homes to a sustainable home that looks like a cruise ship! These prefabricated designs are part of a growing trend in modern architecture and could be the future of it too!

Developed from the Danish word Hyggee, Hüga was conceptualized, designed and built over a period of 24 months, during which the Grandio design team was able to produce a 45 m2 residence with space for a bedroom, living room , a bathroom, a kitchen and a dining room. The end results are these hüga units which are constructed of reinforced concrete and designed for minimal maintenance while reducing your energy costs. These compact homes can withstand all climates and adverse conditions including earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes. Hüga homes are also mobile and modular, so you can expand your plan house in just one day. Weighing around 55 tons, Hüga requires a crew and machinery for transport, but can be placed according to the preferences of the potential resident.

This prefabricated house comes flat packed in several boxes and can be assembled in 45 days without the aid of heavy machinery. It uses an extruded aluminum frame that is anchored with rebar to the ground or a poured concrete foundation. Much like a Lego set, there is a network of steel donuts that extend in lengths of up to 30 feet to support the structure. The aluminum studs connect perfectly to the joists and the exterior cladding is clipped to the frame. It’s a method that could be extended to 45 feet, making it modular and easier to expand in case the house is owned by a growing family. Pi House can be shipped anywhere, the system allows it to be the perfect structure for single family homes as well as larger projects like social housing.

Exosteel comprises a group of modular steel houses that would be constructed using a 3D printed construction system that supports and distributes all functional elements of the building. The co-founders of Mask Architects, Danilo Petta and Öznur Pınar Çer, felt inspired by the sculpture work of Costantino Nivola, in particular a travertine sculpture called “La Madre”. Punctuating the terrain of a sloping mountain in Sardinia, Exosteel is made up of white heart-shaped houses with central “energy towers”, oriented in the same way as the head of “La Madre” in Nivola.

If you get lost while hiking in bad weather in Iceland, you should pray and hope to find refuge in a glamping oasis like the Skyli Trekking Hut. Skyli means “shelter” in Icelandic and can house 15 climbers at a time. The angular structure has four gable roofs and looks like a tent, but is actually clad in a steel facade to protect you from the elements. The bright blue color makes it easily visible in the rugged landscape while paying homage to the architecture of the country’s capital. With all the components prefabricated so that they could be transported flat, winched under a helicopter and built in situ – a process according to Utopia Arkitekter would take between two and three days.

Meet ARCspace, a modular architecture firm that is constantly creating innovative designs and material development to do its part in reducing emissions from its industry by using sustainable, affordable manufactured homes. All structures are prefabricated for very efficient and fast constructions that reduce emissions and minimize waste. ARCspace reports that buildings are “built to specification from scratch in 40-60% less time and money than traditional construction.” Residents can fully customize their tiny homes or even scale up to the size of traditional homes and have a wide range of interior design details to choose from, including optional items that provide electricity and water out. network. Some homes are equipped with autonomous atmospheric water generators called Hydropanels which are independent of the network and draw a few liters of drinking water from the air each day.

Sail House has a central structure called the Main House with several guesthouses lining it and all nestled on the lush Caribbean Island of Bequia – didn’t I say it literally brings a cruise home? Since the Caribbean is a notoriously difficult region for sourcing construction materials, the team ensured that the entire project – the main house and guest rooms – was prefabricated off-site, packaged to flat and delivered in 15 shipping containers. This ensured minimal impact of the site on the sensitive ecosystem and was almost zero which is important because otherwise the construction waste would have had to be transported off the island which would increase emissions.

This luxury cabin-style structure is located on the Dutch island of Texel in the Netherlands and is a short walk from the North Sea. Designed by Rotterdam-based Orange Architects, the modern villa saves space thanks to its prefabricated construction and flexible layout. Yes, you read that right – it has a flexible layout which means that instead of building separate rooms for different purposes that are divided by walls like a traditional house, the designers have optimized the floor plan with spaces. prefabricated and multifunctional that can be transformed or divided temporarily to create separate areas for different functions.

Inspired by Origami’s intricate paper folding art, the capsule’s initial folded shape can accommodate flatbed trucks for efficient and manageable shipping. Once positioned for assembly, the Hariri & Hariri carrycot easily extends and unfolds to create a prefabricated and modular single-storey housing unit. Born out of a need for emergency shelter across the globe, the architects behind the pod note: “In the middle of a hurricane, you don’t have time for a screwdriver. With that in mind, the pod was designed to instantly unfold and build with the push of a button. Structured like a pop-up cardboard box, hidden hinges and panels scattered around the folds of the capsule make the unit assembly process easier. Whether multiple emergency shelters are needed or if the pod is being used as a luxury single living unit for a beach vacation, the modular construction allows the pod to be configured with multiple pods to form community shelters or to stand on its own as a single prefabricated unit.

Studio Puisto collaborated with nature tourism entrepreneur Kari Vainio and installed the first prototype in the forest of Hyvinkää, Finland. A 1,205 square foot U-shaped villa is at the heart of the layout and consists of two accompanying studios. All three units are equipped with a keyless check-in system and ready-to-use furniture. Uni means ‘dream’ in Finnish and alludes to dreams that future hospitality entrepreneurs will be able to realize their own micro-stations that will not require the large capital investment hotels make. This first Uni Villa even won the title of Best in Finland in 2020! Two courses were designed by Canadian golf course architect Thomas McBroom and are located in the most pristine environment between a natural forest and a lake.

Bringing a whole new kind of ‘home delivery’, Brette Haus prefab cabins are literally shipped to your location on the back of a trailer. In the space of 3 hours, the house is placed on site, unfolded and secured in place, transforming it from a strange wooden cardboard box into a habitable cabin with anywhere between 22 and 47 square feet of space ( depending on the cabin of a variant). Each cabin takes approximately 8 weeks to manufacture and is made entirely from carbon neutral, weather resistant and durable cross laminated timber. There is no need for a permanent foundation… the cabins can be easily unfolded on any level ground before being secured in place using screw piles. The cab hinges can withstand up to 100 folding cycles.


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