A residential building in upper Manhattan, dubbed The Stack and designed by the architecture firm Gluck+, employed offsite prefabrication methods to create the building's 28 modular units, which were raised onsite in only 19 days.
To Mario Plasencia, the architect of this León, Mexico apartment building, 36 brightly colored shipping containers offered a way to keep costs down, to build sustainably with recycled materials, and to use an unexpected construction method.
Finished in 2013, the 3,660-square-foot Casa Incubo house in Costa Rica was built from stacking and sliding four shipping containers to create a residence and gallery for photographer Sergio Pucci. Set on flat ground, the two-story structure ended up being much easier for architect Maria Jose Trejos to complete than a typically constructed home, saving roughly 20 percent of the cost of a standard concrete block design.
This prefab home by Method Homes in Washington features two main modules that use material to create a visual contrast. "Cedar was always a must on top, so that the house would blend into the woodland scenery and grey and weather naturally over time," one resident says. "We selected a dark charcoal color to coat the reverse standing seam metal by Taylor Metals."
Also constructed by Method Homes, this California prefab designed by Chris Pardo features two modules clustered around a garage unit. Exterior materials include sustainably harvested cedar rainscreen; HardiePanel made from recycled materials; and standing seam metal siding, known for its longevity and energy efficiency.