Fresh geometries inform a prefab residence in Portland, Oregon. Comprised of 28 triangular units, which were delivered in six units, the house features a voluminous double-height living space that opens to the kitchen, the dining area, and the entryway.
Inspired by the plastic flower boxes he spotted at an Ecuadorean market, an architect developed a new modular building system based on a versatile concrete block that, depending on how it is positioned, could play many roles. Narrow gaps in between can be filled with strips of wood or Plexiglas, depending on the level of privacy or transparency desired, or left open to support the wooden planks that form built-in tables, benches, or stairs.
Moshe Safdie's iconic Habitat '67 building in Montreal is comprised of box-shaped concrete modules that were built at a nearby factory and lifted by crane into three irregular pyramids. The modules interlock in a variety of configurations, producing units of varying sizes and levels.
In León, Mexico, Adrián López Menduett created an architecturally adventurous apartment building with 36 stacked shipping containers. He repainted each container in its original hue, creating a prismatic exterior.
Architect Oliver Lang and his partner, Cindy Wilson used prefab construction to create a a multiunit prototype in Vancouver. Monad comprises four separate residences—with over 12,000 square feet of living, commercial, parking, and storage space in total—each with an outdoor courtyard, a side yard, or a deck.