With its mnm.MOD prefab home project, Santa Monica architecture firm Minarc creates super energy-efficent modular homes from a library of pre-selected materials and patented connections. This mnm.MOD building, the Superb-A home in Venice Beach, Calif., is an outstanding example of what prefab architecture can be.
Completed in May 2011, the 2,400 sq ft home blurs the boundary between indoors and out, with abundant natural light and warm, natural materials. With the company's a patented "thermo broken" insulated wall and flooring system, it's also super energy-efficient (net-zero, in fact).
The architects' eco-minded approach is a product of their Icelandic heritage. "We come from Iceland, where resources are scarce and everything is valued, used, reused, and re-reused," says Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir, who founded Minarc with her husband, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson. "We want our work to represent how we choose to live in this world: Maximize materials, minimize waste."