San Francisco–based lighting designer Terry Ohm’s prefab in the Northern California town Clearlake is an exercise in proportions. An 800-square-foot version of Taalman Koch Architecture’s iT House, Ohm’s residence features glass walls and an extruded aluminum frame. “The critical things in all of its spaces, and mostly in the kitchen, are function and scale,” Ohm says.
This 225-square-foot prefab cabin in the Netherlands opens up to the surrounding countryside via parallel glass walls on either end and a folding wood door that leads to the terrac
The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this transparent prefab, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.
Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on a prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.
For this California prefab designed for aging-in-place, the architects used Teragren bamboo flooring and Milgard sliding glass doors. “Universal design isn’t just for older people,” the daughter of the resident says about the single-story layout and zero-step entries. “If you don’t need steps, don’t have them.”