Making the most of eco-friendly innovations such as greywater recycling and green roofing, the Australian firm Archiblox designed the impossible, a carbon-positive prefab.
Though modest in price and size, Cubbico's modular homes are among the most durable on the market. The Dutch firm designs weather-resilient prefabs that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes, earthquakes, and up to ten-feet of snow.
While some prefab designers strive for greater permanence, Sprouting Rocket Studio aims for mobility. The Hütte Hut prefab is a 44-square-foot mobile caravan that can be hitched to the back of a car and taken virtually anywhere.
Responding to the displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan, architect Shigeru Ban designed a series of easy-to-build prefab shelters for the Philippines. The uncomplicated building process calls for materials that are readily available in the country, such as soda crates, sand, plywood, and palm leaves.
Utilizing off-site prefabrication, Gluck+ assembled this 28-unit affordable housing building in upper Manhattan in just 19 days. The building relates to its surrounding architecture, while exhibiting a few tale tell signs of modular construction, such as its jigsaw exterior.
Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects turned to prefab as an affordable solution to their country's housing stock crisis. The handsome S House protoype costs under $4,000 to build and can survive frequent flooding, an important consideration in Southeast Asia.
The hardy Mini House 2.0, currently in development by Swedish architect Jonas Wagell, is designed to have as little impact on its environment as possible. The cabin can be built in two days and occupies a mere 160-square-feet.
The Shelter prefab by Danish firm Vipp rebukes the notion that modular housing must be spartan. Plush accomodations, such as heated flooring and a Spartherm fireplace, abound in this cozy 592-square-foot unit.