NOEM, a Barcelona-based architecture firm, created a metal-clad prefab for a young client just outside Madrid. It’s raised 12 feet off the ground to offer better views of the landscape, lending it “the futuristic feeling that it just landed,” says Pol Guiu, one of NOEM’s cofounders.
This simple shipping container home in Costa Rica covers 1,075 square feet and cost just $40,000—less than the price of social housing provided for the country’s poorest residents.
To install this high-tech prefab house in Napa, California, Stillwater Dwellings lifted the structure over an existing barn on the one-acre property. The resident, who is often on the road, wired the house with the latest in smart technology.
Nearly every element of this prefab beach house in New Zealand was brought to its secluded site overlooking Hekerua Bay by hand.
Strategic site planning and smart technology help this 3,200-square-foot prefab achieve hyper-efficiency. The Toronto-based architecture firm, superkül, used triple-glazed windows; a solar hot water system; zoned heating; a fully automated HVAC system, skylights, and roller shades; LED lights; and spray foam insulation, among other green strategies.