Architect Jesse Garlick’s off-the-grid vacation home in rural Washington references its rugged surroundings. The prefab's steel cladding has developed a patina similar to the ochre-red color of bedrock found in the area.
The restrained 820-square-foot interior is defined by the angular ceiling. Garlick left the prefabricated structural panels unfinished to save on material costs. A True North wood stove from Pacific Energy heats the house.
For the 2014 iteration of the Solar Decathlon Europe in Versailles, France, students from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, teamed up with peers from the Université d’Angers in France to design an energy-efficient, market-ready home that also happens to be entirely prefabricated.
Built of prefabricated modules, the house is a comfortable, loft-like design that can be constructed easily.
Located 120 miles east of Albququerque, it's not hard to see why this building—titled the Element House—needed to function off-the-grid. Designed by MOS Architects, the residence was comissioned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts to host guests visiting a nearby installation, Star Axis, a massive outdoor observatory.
The aluminum-clad structure consists of several prefabricated units joined to make a three-bedroom residence, complete with a living room, dining room, and kitchen.
Upon his first visit to Tasmania, an island south of the Australian mainland, resident David Burns was immediately smitten with its varied, pristine landscape. Working with architecture firm Misho+Associates, he built a self-sustaining, 818-square-foot prefab retreat that would allow him to completely unplug from urban life.
The home was designed as a “box within a box,” in which two interior structures—an open-plan living space and two en suite bedrooms—sit within its exterior envelope. Inspired by the region’s fiery orange lichen and the indigenous waratah shrub’s bright flowers, the colorful exterior panels are made of heavy-duty galvanized steel to guard from Tasmanian winds, which can reach up to 60 miles per hour.