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March 29, 2015
Whether petite vacation homes or outbuildings, these compact quarters show what prefab construction can achieve on a small scale.
Tiny prefab cabin in Sweden

Swedish architect Jonas Wagell developed a prefabricated cabin concept that takes up a mere 160 square feet. The modules, dubbed Mini House 2.0, were built in collaboration with Swedish manufacturer Sommarnöjen, and are delivered flat-packed.

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Originally appeared in Tiny Prefabricated House Can Be Built in Two Days
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Prefab affordable housing that's sustainable made of laminated veneer lumber

This prefab shelter by Dutch firm Cubicco was built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, extreme heat and cold, ten-foot snow loads, and earthquakes. The 685-square-foot model is currently available in the Miami area for just over $115,000.

Originally appeared in Small, Green, and Mighty: Hurricane-Proof Prefab
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norwegian prefab cabin exterior

Oslo-based architect Marianne Borge built this small prefab cabin as a vacation home for a client. Dubbed Woody35 because of its size and wooden structure, the 376-square-foot main cabin can sleep six persons, and has a living room, kitchen and bathroom.

Originally appeared in A Prefab Cabin in Norway
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The Island House Prefab Cabin exterior by 2by4 Architects

A compact recreational home in the Dutch countryside, the one-room Island House leaves a small footprint at only 225 square feet. A slide-out wall opens up the home to the countryside, so residents can easily bring the outdoors in.

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Originally appeared in Glass Prefab Cabin is Ultimate Outdoor Getaway
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Copenhagen Prefab Front Exterior

Berlin-based architect Sigurd Larsen designed a prefabricated house in Copenhagen for a single mother and her two young children that‚ despite clocking in at just 861 square feet, feels far from cramped. “By including the garden visually through floor-to-ceiling windows and extending the rooms to the full allowed height of 15 feet, it became a spacious and pleasant place to be," he says.

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Originally appeared in Danish Prefab Feels Much Larger Than Its 861 Square Feet
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Cocoon9 Prefab Cabin Exterior

This 480-square-foot addition by Cocoon9 features floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room and bedroom that slide open to connect each area to the landscape, helping make the tiny cabin feel less claustrophobic.

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Originally appeared in An All-in-One Addition That Comes Prefabricated
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The POD INDAWO, built by architect Clara da Cruz Almeida in Johannesburg with the interior designer team Dokter and Misses, is a 186-square-foot, bi-level dwelling of steel, wood, and aluminum that relies on custom storage solutions.

Originally appeared in 7 Instantly Appealing Awnings
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Tiny prefab cabin in Sweden

Swedish architect Jonas Wagell developed a prefabricated cabin concept that takes up a mere 160 square feet. The modules, dubbed Mini House 2.0, were built in collaboration with Swedish manufacturer Sommarnöjen, and are delivered flat-packed.

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