LEAPfactory’s home for the Courmayeur Ski & Snowboard School is a compelling example of how outdoor facilities can embrace rather than conquer nature. Located in the Aosta Valley of northern Italy, the building sits atop light foundations and was erected in ten days using the LEAPs3 construction system. As a result, it can be removed or relocated without leaving permanent traces.
Easy-to-assemble wooden modules and home automation systems make this Serra d'Espadà residence as sustainable as it is smart. New pine and spruce wood from the Pyrenees (both recyclable and PEFC certified) were selected for the façade of the 1,000-square-foot prefab. Smart blinds cover the windows, rigged to open and close depending on the weather forecast.
This serene lakeside retreat, designed for yoga and exercise, is part furniture design and part architecture. It’s a modified Bunkie, or a small prefabricated structure produced the Bunkie Co. that can be rapidly assembled on-site.
When Marco V. Morelli’s home office became his daughter’s bedroom, he opted to install a backyard prefab to restore his live-work balance. He says his Studio Shed is the perfect refuge. “It’s changed my life for the better,” he says. “I’ve gotten so much more work done, and I think my marital relations are much better because I have a place of my own.”
Swedish architect Jonas Wagell developed this prefabricated cabin concept that takes up a mere 160 square feet. The roughly 160-square-foot modules, dubbed Mini House 2.0, were built in collaboration with Swedish manufacturer Sommarnöjen, and are delivered flat-packed.
To assemble a house in a day is a feat in itself. Constructing a near net-zero energy house in a day is a major design/build achievement. The prefab firm Greenfab rose to the challenge with a variation of their 1700 Series model—packed with energy-efficient features—that came together in just one day (though required a few more weeks to finish minor details).
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.