The asymmetrical "lifted" roof of this Swedish prefab is the lynchpin to its climate-centric construction, facilitating water drainage and admitting maximum light during the dark winter months.
By implementing high ceilings, an open floor plan, and floor-to-ceiling windows, architect Sigurd Larsen made this prefab in Copenhagen feel much larger than its 861 square feet.
The Woody35 prefab cabin model, featured here in a Norwegian forest, is small enough that it can easily be fitted to nature. Its warm, birch-dominated interior works as a perfect counterpoint to the landscape that unfurls outside.
"Prefab houses are so ubiquitous in Sweden, and most of them are crappy," states architect Mårten Claesson. For his Plus House prefab model, Claesson combined an open, airy interior with a pitched roof reminiscent of traditional Swedish homes in order to fashion a more desirable alternative.
In collaboration with Arkitekthus, a Swedish building company, the prolific Claesson Koivisto Rune firm has created a prefab archetype that bridges the gap between modern and traditional Scandinavian design. The model is delivered in pieces with accompanying assembly directions, making it more flexible and affordable than most prefab alternatives.
The Shelter model from the Danish company Vipp features an all-black interior that overflows with character while also yielding to the outdoors, thanks to sizeable windows and skylights.
Designer Linda Begroth collaborated with Helsinki-based Avanto Architects for two years to build her ideal prefab retreat on an island in Finland. With its steel armature affixed with glass sheets, the structure creates an ideal indoor-outdoor equilibrium.