A compact prefab vacation home in the seaside community of Onemana Beach is clad in plywood and vertical timber battens finished in Resene’s Lumbersider Foam paint.
In 1956, architect Carl Koch, a prefab pioneer, erected one of his earliest “Techbuilt Houses.” Seen here, this 2,400-square-foot four-bedroom home is constructed largely out of standardized four-by-eight-foot modules attached to a post-and-beam frame. During a renovation, a new team of architects exchanged the original furniture-grade Luan mahogany ceiling for a stained birch plywood.
This hybrid prefab trailer harnesses principles of mobility and modernist industrial design. Keeping molded components to a minimum, the husband-and-wife team first designed a lightweight frame and then enclosed the structure with taut fabric and sheets of Jobert Okume marine plywood.
Sigurd Larsen created the illusion of space with high ceilings and tall windows with this prefab in Copenhagen. The house uses only three interlocking materials: a self-heated concrete floor; double-glazed windows that let the outdoors in while keeping out the cold; and wooden panels manufactured in a Denmark factory. “The interior walls are birch plywood to add warmth and texture to the rooms,” Larsen says.
A New Zealand architect riffs on toy building blocks for his children's backyard fort. The Case Study-like structure is framed in timber and clad in alternating modules of stained plywood and colorful, semi-transparent polycarbonate.
For a vintage design dealer seeking a respite from the city, architect William Massie conceptualized a mostly prefab home around a carefully curated furniture collection in upstate New York. “Materials were a major consideration in this house,” says Massie, who created a curtain wall with steel supports adorned with sandwiched layers of birch plywood and amber acrylic.