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December 27, 2015
To celebrate 2015, we're rounding up the projects that were most popular on Dwell.com this year. Here, five of the most-viewed prefabs, from tropical retreat made of shipping containers to a home that takes one day to build.
PV14 Dallas House exterior

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. 

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Originally appeared in This House Was Built Out of 14 Shipping Containers
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Active House B10 Prefab Prototype in Stuttgart

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.

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Zooey Braun
Originally appeared in Prefab Home That Can Be Built in a Day Generates Twice the Energy It Uses
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Costa Rican Shipping Container Home Casa Incubo

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.

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Sergio Pucci
Originally appeared in Who Knew a Relaxed Tropical Retreat Could Be Made of Shipping Containers
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Exterior of Vipp Shelter prefab

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. 

Originally appeared in Prefab Gets a Makeover With Danish Industrial Design
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Shipping container home in Pennsylvania off the Delaware River

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. 

 

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Originally appeared in A Shipping Container Home in Pennsylvania Embraces Its Rugged Industrial Origins
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PV14 Dallas House exterior

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. 

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