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Cargo Container Housing Trend Heats Up

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Recycled shipping containers fulfill their architectural promise.

The steel shipping container, invented half a century ago, is the linchpin of global trade, used to transport everything from electronics to cars to wheat.  Designers and architects recognized the conversion potential of cargo containers early on, but only now are the steel structures beginning to fulfill their promise as building blocks. The "cargotecture" trend is hot, hot, hot. In......read more

Prefab Perfection

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A net-zero home in Venice Beach blurs the line between indoors and out

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......read more

Architecture Firm Makes Jewelry from Prefab Waste

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Marmol Radziner has created a new line of wearable architecture from their own prefab work.

What to do with the leftover bits of materials that inevitably end up in the scrap pile during the building process? Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner took the fragments from their past architectural projects and transformed them into wearable art. The ability to upcycle their company's industrial waste was made even easier by the fact that Marmol Radziner has its own production facility:......read more

OfficePOD

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Tan Lun Cheak's dual purpose table lamp/food cooker.

More and more people are working from home, and that trend doesn't look like it's going to reverse anytime soon. Which is great. We welcome a shift that blurs conventional lines between life and work. And the most eco-friendly commute is no commute at all. But between the fridge, the TV, and the stereo, it can be hard to stay focused on work. Trust us. Inhabitat hips us to a UK design......read more

Signal Shed by Ryan Lingard

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A $10,000 micro-hideaway in the Oregon woods

When Mariah Morrow and Ryan Lingard saw an ad in the Joseph, Oregon local paper for a $47,000, 100- by 150-foot parcel of land, they lit up. "Where most people would have seen a steep, partially burned, partially logged slope that didn’t have utilities, we just saw possibilities," Mariah recalls. The Signal Shed, as they've dubbed their miniature wilderness outpost, was designed by......read more

Sommerhaus PIU: Primo Prefab

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Gorgeous getaway home can be put up wherever you want it

Sommerhaus PIU, a collaborative effort between German industrial designer Patrick Frey and compatriot architect Bjorn Gotte, is a prefabricated holiday home that puts a modern spin on the wilderness retreat.  The Sommerhaus design is as clean and uncomplicated as you may expect from a pair of Germans. An elegant facade defined by thin horizontal strips of wood supports a slightly pitched......read more

DIY Prefab Shed From Kekkila Garden

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Garden shed turned backyard retreat

Um, can you say "naptime"? This airy prefab garden shed from Finnish designers  Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth of Hel Yes! studio blows away any preconceived notions of what a shed looks like. The combined greenhouse and shed kit, a modular design manufactured by Kekkila Garden, has been customized by Bergroth as her own lakefront summer retreat,......read more

C6 by LivingHomes

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Low-cost, zero-energy prefab benefits Brad Pitt's Make It Right foundation

Santa Monica-based green building specialist LivingHomes has unveiled the C6, the company's first affordable (starting at $179,000) LEED Platinum prefab home. Designed with a post-Katrina New Orleans in mind, the C6 meets LivingHomes' ambitious "Z6" environmental goals: zero energy, zero water, zero indoor emissions, zero waste, zero carbon, and zero ignorance. The "C" in the......read more

The Crib: An Eco-Smart Prefab by Broadhurst Architects

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An "enviresponsible" structure inspired by traditional American corn cribs

In the days of yore, elevated corn cribs were used on farms to store dry corn and protect it from rodents. Today, Maryland's Broadhurst Architects have adopted the classic American structure as design inspiration for The Crib, a contemporary prefab that can be used as a weekend retreat, a backyard office, or a guest house. The Crib makes intelligent use of sustainable and recyclable materials......read more

Dwell: Jens Risom's Prefab Cottage

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Filmmaker Gary Nadeau pays a visit to a design legend's island home

If you're a design nerd like us, you're probably familiar with Danish-American furniture designer Jens Risom. As the man who created the first-ever Knoll chair, Risom holds a prominent, if sometimes overlooked, position in the canon of mid-century design. At 96, he is “living comfortably doing nothing” with his wife, Henny, in Connecticut,......read more

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