Container home brings high-end functions to tiny prefab market

August 29, 2020 john 21 41215 15:48

Concerned about the California housing market, friends Nate Garnero & Doug Burdge decided to make a high-end, prefab container home at a fraction of the cost of alternatives. They came with Buhaus, a high-end, custom-finished container home. In the past couple of decades shipping containers have been injected into architecture as a cheap, available resource…

3-story container townhouse shines in street art vibrant alley

June 7, 2020 john 20 11553 32:48

When Carl Cassell started his restaurant in Toronto’s Queen West, land was affordable; now it’s not, so when he and his wife Ana Silva wanted to move into the neighborhood, they decided to build on top of their eatery, using shipping containers as a way to prefab it offsite and avoid shutting down the business…

Cantilevered containers become popup housing for NYC creators

May 24, 2020 john 24 65497 13:33

New York City rents are unattainable for most artists, but at one marina in Queens, stacked shipping containers provide instant access to livework spaces. Eight intermodal containers stacked two high serve as work spaces for artists making surfboards, blowing glass and crafting jewelry. The containers are cantilevered to provide patio space for the upstairs units.…

Open-roof cube cabins and containers to build a Boreal utopia

November 4, 2019 john 20 32852 30:56

On a piece of land purchased by their grandfather in Charlevoix, Quebec, Jonathan and Simon Galarneau have built a dozen small homes with big views of the Boreal forest. Some are converted shipping containers, others are tiny cubes, but they all have large windows cut into one side so despite the long, freezing winters, one…

Bunkie prefab cabin uses joinery & assembly of furniture design

July 22, 2019 john 21 4839 16:39

Furniture designer Evan Bare wanted to create a cabin that could be built like a piece of furniture. Architectural designer Nathan Buhler had a design for a “bunkie” (the name for a small sleeping cabin in part of Ontario, Canada) that was radical in its use of all glass for two of the walls. Bare…

Small prefab tests space-era rotating rooms: sleep-cook-bath

March 29, 2019 john 21 123604 16:42

To make a small home more efficient, designer Luigi Colani put a 6-round-meter cylinder in the living room so with a press of a button the kitchen, bath or bedroom will rotate into view ready for use. Using flexible plumbing and electrical, the home can rotate 270 degrees in each direction to reveal any of…

Tiny cabins in VA’s woods to slow down & resync inner clock

July 19, 2018 john 20 30964 22:38

Is the “simple cabin” the ideal vessel for disconnecting from modern life? Friends Jon Staff and Pete Davis have placed dozens of tiny houses on wheels in the woods within driving distance of Boston, New York City and Washington DC. “The cabin”, explains Staff, “reminds us of a time when we didn’t have to respond…

Transformer CNC cabin by a lake as father-son work dialogue

December 11, 2017 john 21 30172 20:41

Daniel Yudchitz and his father, Bill, are both architects who took their love of craft, cabins and Swiss precision in architecture (e.g. Peter Zumthor) and created a CNC-cut cabin crafted to a fraction of an inch. The home is built with interlocking structural panels and can be disassembled. In fact, the father/son team built most…

Portland’s 359 skinny house follows the sun like a sunflower

August 14, 2017 john 20 40519 12:10

Ben Kaiser’s 359 house can be rotated by just one person- or two kids- pushing a bar and walking around it. It’s what he calls the logical union of the small house movement and energy consciousness. At just 12 foot square, or 144 square feet, his rotating house can follow the sun for warmth, and…

Sunbathed small wooden studio in calm forest near Barcelona

March 9, 2016 john 0 1961 12:05

Tasked with building a tiny studio in the hills outside Barcelona, architect Pablo Elorduy (of Dom Arquitectura) created an all-wooden shelter stunning in its simplicity, efficient thanks to smart design. http://www.dom-arquitectura.com The orientation takes advantage of Spanish sun for heating: large windows open the South side to winter sun; protective shading blocks direct summer sun.…