The top 10 small prefabricated houses of 2021 are here to convert you into advocates of sustainable architecture!


It’s a sticky situation, trying to identify if the pandemic has increased our need for secluded space / solitude or if we’ve been heading there before and COVID has given us a chance to experience it – for me it’s almost a problem as complicated as chicken and egg first problem. Yet the verdict is unanimous – tiny architectural mobile homes are here and will be with us for a while. While the industrial age and wealth created the concept of vacation homes, the millennial era with space constraints and the need for our own identity mixed with climate-conscious behavior means that we are fans of homes. prefabricated. So step into a world of beautiful houses that unfold and that will make you a fan, if you aren’t already!

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.

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.

Named Kvivik Igloo, these small prefabricated houses have an aesthetic that will stay with you for a long time. With their hexagonal frame and the surrounding wild nature, these houses are reminiscent of hobbit cottages. Lined with asphalt panels, Kvivik igloos can grow grass and greenery on their rooftops and sides to truly transport residents to their favorite hobbit fairy tale. The living igloo roof not only adds to its charm, but also adds to the sustainability factor of the cottage, creating an elevated nesting place for birds and woodland creatures.

Pekka Littow’s Majamaja concept is an eco-cabin. This means that the prefabricated house was born out of life on the Finnish archipelago and essentially speaks of a building tradition that favors harmony between man and nature. Majamaja Wuorio units are prefabricated, transportable and using off-grid technologies such as solar panels and a recirculating water treatment system, the units can be installed anywhere. The small cabin’s closed-loop water treatment system collects both rainwater and humidity from the air in order to store it, then sends it to the built-in water purification system that residents can use in the shower, kitchen or bathroom. The design is independently able to take care of its resident with ease.

La Maison à Chamois is a highly modular and adaptable structure, designed to bring our dreams of sustainable architecture to life! This modern prefabricated house from the Turin-based company Leap Factory has named all of its projects “Leap houses” and the entire design of each house is built with a modular system made of natural and recyclable materials that allow maximum flexibility. Each component of the Maison à Chamois has been produced and designed in Italy to reduce the environmental impact and site waste.

Initially, My Home Office was designed and created by Cosmas Bronsgeest to have a workspace parked in his family’s backyard that could remain a place he could retreat to calm down and concentrate amid all the chaos of orders. home stay COVID-19. But looking at it, the design for me is something of a fairy tale! The all-weather prefab office stands out from the crowd with its slanted triangular roof, creating that warm and functional vibe that fills our Pinterest boards!

Hariri & Hariri, a New York-based architectural firm took inspiration from Origami’s intricate art of paper folding to design this capsule. The initial folded shape of the prefab house can fit on flatbed trucks for efficient and manageable shipping. Once positioned for assembly, the pod easily extends and unfolds to create a prefabricated, 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.

Modern-Shed, a leader in innovative, sustainable prefabricated structures, heard our 11:11 wishes and designed Dwelling on Wheels, or DW for short. Their Residence on Wheels is a small, 220 square foot house on wheels that buyers can take with them on the road and set up on nearby shores or riverbeds for overnight stays and views. Built to withstand varying climates and temperatures, a steel rib cage and metal standing seam liner wrap the exterior of the DW for a durable, weather-resistant finish. Completing the design of the industrial chalet, red cedar wood accents warm the walls, eaves and even the canopy of the cottage which hangs over a durable iron wood deck, accessible through the doorway. double glazed gable of the dwelling.

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.

While the term ‘futuristic sustainability’ definitely sounds like jargon, designer Chester Goh explains futuristic sustainability as a design where the architecture is nomadic in nature, so you don’t need to build multiple houses. The idea of ​​the Time Holiday mobile home takes on its full meaning from an ecological and economic point of view. The mobile home belongs to you only and is not linked by a location. It gives you the freedom to constantly relocate, to find a suitable place to park and live, so that you don’t get stuck in expensive cities, compartmentalized in tiny overpriced rental apartments, or heavily impacted by natural disasters affecting your home. district.


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