Flying Panels exhibition charts the evolution of prefabricated concrete-panel construction

ArkDes has mounted an exhibition celebrating the role of concrete panels in contemporary architecture, with an exhibition design by Note Design Studio that evokes the dynamism of a construction site. The exhibition titled Flying Panels – How Concrete Panels Changed the World, looks at the history of prefabricated concrete architecture and the impact it has had […]

Koto and Abodu launch tiny prefab ADUs for San Francisco Bay Area

Prefabricated housing company Koto has designed a cabin-like ADU, or Accessory Dwelling Unit, that can be delivered to sites in San Jose, California in two weeks. Koto, a British startup that designs and manufactures modular, prefabricated cabins, teamed up with American homebuilder Abodu to bring the latest version of its pared-back, tiny homes to the […]

Alexis Dornier designs prefab homes on stilts that could be moved from place to place

Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has developed a concept for prefabricated homes that could easily be taken apart and reassembled in a new location. Stilt Studios are small homes on stilts, which could be erected in a variety of different places without causing any damage to the landscape. The design follows the principles of the circular […]

Prefabricated pine panels clad kindergarten near Barcelona

Architects Eduard Balcells, Ignasi Rius and Daniel Tigges have designed a wood-clad concrete kindergarten for the El Tiller Waldorf-Steiner School in Bellaterra, Spain. The concrete and pine kindergarten is one of six structures arranged like a small village around a central “rambla” – a Hispanic term for a promenade or high street. Alongside the kindergarten, […]

Charlotte Perriand’s Les Arcs ski resort celebrates 50 years

Les Arcs, a 1960s ski resort in France designed by a collective of architects led by Charlotte Perriand, is celebrating its half centenary. Here are the architecture highlights of the modernist resort. Part of the Paradiski area, Les Arcs today is formed of four villages named for their altitude, Arc 1600, Arc 1800, Arc 2000 […]

Kanye West is building Star Wars-themed housing for the homeless

Kanye West‘s prefabricated affordable Yeezy Home units take inspiration from the Star Wars films and might be used as underground homeless housing. The celebrity musician revealed the prototypes for his first foray into architecture as part of a cover interview with Forbes. West said he had taken aesthetic cues from the houses designed for the […]

Wittman Estes and NODE use prefab elements to create rentable backyard cottage in Seattle

American firms Wittman Estes and NODE have created a prefabricated accessory dwelling unit, or ADU, that is wrapped in charred wood and runs entirely on solar power. The building was created for a homeowner in west Seattle who wanted a one-bedroom studio in her backyard, which she could rent out or list on Airbnb. “The […]

World’s tallest modular tower is now Clement Canopy in Singapore

Construction company Bouygues Bâtiment International has built Clement Canopy, a pair of 140-metre-high towers made of prefabricated concrete modules. Bouygues Bâtiment International claims the development in Singapore has set a new record for the tallest modular tower. Previously the title had been held by George Street, a 135-metre tower built in Croydon, England, by Tide […]

IKEA is bringing its low-cost modular housing units to the UK

Affordable developer BoKlok, which is co-owned by IKEA and Skanska, has signed a deal with Worthing council in West Sussex to build low-cost housing in the south of England. Worthing council has approved plans for the IKEA subsidiary to build 162 apartments on land it owns, reported the Worthing Herald. The first apartments will be […]

Bert modular treehouse designed to look like Minions cartoon character

Architecture studio Precht‘s concept for a Bert, a modular treehouse shaped like a tree trunk, has large round windows that look make it look like the single-eyed character from the Minions film. Precht, co-founded by husband and wife team Chris and Fei Tang Precht, designed the system called Bert for tiny-homes startup Baumbau. Bert is […]

BBGK explores potential of prefabrication with red concrete housing block in Poland

The Sprzeczna 4 apartment building in Warsaw, designed by local practice BBGK, is one of the first major prefabricated residential blocks built in Poland since the communist era. Warsaw-based practice BBGK designed Sprzeczna 4 for Budizol – a developer, constructor and producer of reinforced concrete prefabricated elements, which wanted to show the potential for building modular housing using precast concrete. […]

Wilkinson Eyre completes modular student housing for Dyson Institute

Wilkinson Eyre has created “unique student residencies with identity” from prefabricated timber pods at the Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology in Wiltshire, England. Located at the Malmesbury Campus, the modular village provides accommodation for undergraduate students and visiting staff at the institute, which was founded by James Dyson. Wilkinson Eyre  designed the pods, which are arranged […]

GG-loop wraps Freebooter apartments with cedar louvres

Dutch architecture studio GG-loop has built a pair of prefabricated apartments in Amsterdam with timber louvres positioned to regulate the levels of light entering the building. Called Freebooter, the block was made from steel and cross-laminated-timber (CLT) and was prefabricated off site. It took three weeks to install all four floors, and the whole project took […]

MAPA hides prefab Minimod Curucaca in Brazilian forest

Architecture studio MAPA and its prefabricated building company Minimod have completed this residence in Brazil, using black walls and a green roof to help blend in with its remote woodland surrounds. The Brazil- and Uruguay-based firm designed the residence called Minimod Curucaca for a forest clearing in the Curcaca Valley, which is located in a mountainous region of southern Brazil. Forming the […]

Studio MK27 completes slender Catuçaba house off-the-grid on Brazil farm

Screens made from eucalyptus run along the front of this long and thin prefab residence, which São Paulo firm Studio MK27 has completed on a farm tucked into the rolling hills of Catuçaba, Brazil. The Catuçaba house is built on a remote site located 1,500 metres above sea level, in an agricultural area midway between Brazilian […]

Prefab Yellow House by Alejandro Soffia contrasts Chilean landscape

Architect Alejandro Soffia pieced together a series of modules and covered them in bright yellow corrugated panels to form this prefabricated woodland residence in Pucón, Chile. Yellow House is built from a module Santiago architect Soffia designed to be prefabricated in various sizes to suit different functions of the residence – including the kitchen, dining and […]

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