The most popular prefab of the year was this Dallas home made of 14 shipping containers. More than 200 neighbors showed up to see the containers delivered by crane.
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.
The 3,660-square-foot Casa Incubo in Costa Rica was built from stacking and sliding four shipping containers to create a residence and gallery for photographer Sergio Pucci (who took all the photos of his new home). 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.
For 2015, Vipp, the Danish industrial design company known for its iconic trash cans and all-black kitchens, introduced a 592-square-foot prefab unit called Shelter.
In Pennsylvania, a couple built a rugged industrial home, repurposing a series of 11 shipping containers and an existing concrete foundation to maximal effect. “We were inspired by the site, and our desire to have something cool and different,” says resident Martha Moseley.