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The Modern Prefab

December/January 2016,
Vol. 16
Issue 01
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From Mixed-Use to Shipping Containers, the Year's Most Exciting Projects
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An Energy-Efficient Hybrid Prefab Keeps Cool in the Palm Springs Desert

Drawing from the laws of nature, an architect devises a way to beat the heat in the California desert.

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Pritzker Prize-Winners SANAA Discuss Their Mind-Blowing Design for Grace Farms in Scenic New England

The award-winning Japanese architecture firm celebrates 20 years of practice with a thoughtful Stateside commission.

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A Shipping Container Home in Pennsylvania Embraces Its Rugged Industrial Origins

A couple builds a new home, repurposing a series of 11 shipping containers and an existing concrete foundation to maximal effect.

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Now That's How You Double Your Square Footage

In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.

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This Prefab Hangs Out at the Beach

With little time to waste, an Australian firm erects an efficient prefab overlooking the ocean.

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In Just 48 Hours, a Chicago Live/Work Space Is Built from the Ground Up Using Concrete Panels

An industrious Chicago couple set up shop in a historic manufacturing district almost overnight using prefab concrete panels.

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Six Concrete Boxes Make a Jaw-Dropping Martha's Vineyard Home

Despite being set in concrete, an idyllic modular retreat is built to go with the flow.

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The Home That Arrived by Crane

On the edge of a historic park in an English shire, a prefabricated home sets a new design standard.

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Tiny Prefab Cabins Upgrade a Rugged Camping Site in Colorado

Given a difficult site in the Colorado Rockies, a design-build team installs rugged dwellings for a wilderness and camping program.

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This Bright Green Prefab in Sweden Looks Just Like a Monopoly House

In Sweden, an architect finds an efficient building solution 260 miles from home.

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Why Brazilian Modernist Lina Bo Bardi Is "Among the Most Important Architects of the 20th Century"

The author of ​Lina Bo Bardi peels back the layers of the influential architect's work.

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This Isolated Prefab is One with the Wild

A home in Ontario, Canada, demonstrates how factory-built housing can be as site sensitive as traditional construction.

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Getting to this Tiny Prefab Cabin in Western Norway Is an Adventure

A lakeside prefab in Norway is a study in idyllic seclusion.

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Editor's Picks: 5 Groundbreaking Prefab and Modular Homes

Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's December/January 2016 issue.

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