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April 28, 2015
A house built in weeks, days, or even hours? Count down six of the fastest builds in Dwell history.
The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith.

Six Weeks: This 1,000-square-foot steel-framed weekend retreat outside of Joshua Tree is a "hybrid prefab" prototype fabricated in a factory but assembled onsite. This home was built in eight weeks for $325 per square foot, but the process has taught its builders to complete future projects in about six weeks for $265 a square foot.

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Originally appeared in Plan of Steel
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Northeast Prefab Sourcebook in New York City with affordable modular housing

19 Days: New York City's tallest prefab added 28 affordable housing units to an infill site in just 19 days by combining a number of factory-made modules into a variety apartment configurations. 

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Amy Barkow Photography
Originally appeared in It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC
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Prefab Courmayeur Ski and Snowboard School is weather-resistant.

10 Days: Architect Stefano Girodo designed this “completely prefabricated and modular structure” to ensure easy mechanical assembly on site. As a result, the building, which houses a ski school, was completed using recyclable and environmentally friendly materials in just 10 days. 

Originally appeared in This Prefab Ski School in the Alps Took 10 Days to Assemble
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Bigwin Island Bunkie Yoga Studio interior

10 Days: At just 100 square feet, tiny Bunkie prefab structures don’t require permits for construction and can be assembled in just a week and a half.

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Jorge Torres
Originally appeared in High-Tech Prefab Outbuilding is a Surprisingly Peaceful Retreat
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Tiny prefab cabin with white exterior and wooden deck

2 Days: Swedish architect Jonas Wagell created a 160-square-foot cabin called the Mini House 2.0, which comes flat-packed and can be built in just two days. The painted-wood home can be configured into a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living space, plus a shaded deck—all for just $29,000.

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Jonas Wagell
Originally appeared in Tiny Prefabricated House Can Be Built in Two Days
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Active House B10 Prefab Prototype in Stuttgart

1 Day: The Active House B10 is a prefab, glass-fronted box of a home built that can be built in a single day. The fully recyclable 970-square-foot building generates 200 percent of its energy needs thanks to a photovoltaic grid on the roof.

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Zooey Braun
Originally appeared in Prefab Home That Can Be Built in a Day Generates Twice the Energy It Uses
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The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith.

Six Weeks: This 1,000-square-foot steel-framed weekend retreat outside of Joshua Tree is a "hybrid prefab" prototype fabricated in a factory but assembled onsite. This home was built in eight weeks for $325 per square foot, but the process has taught its builders to complete future projects in about six weeks for $265 a square foot.

Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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