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December 4, 2011
Originally published in Prefab Perfected
as
This Fold House

It took a mere six months—three in the factory and three on-site—for this prefab to come to fruition on the shore of Sweden’s Müsko Island.

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  Prefab house in Muskö, Sweden  Courtesy of Louise Billgert.

    Prefab house in Muskö, Sweden

    Courtesy of Louise Billgert.
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Modern wooden prefab home in Müsko Island, Sweden

Prefab house in Muskö, Sweden

Image courtesy of Louise Billgert.

Prefab ubiquity remains a pipe dream in the United States, but the process is a specialty in Scandinavia. Multi-discipli­nary Swedish firm Claesson Koivisto Rune created the plans for this home for design-minded kit-house manu­fact­urer Arkitektus. Considering the unique balance of the facade, as well as its climate-specific construction—the asymmetrical “lifted” roof allows for both water drainage and maximum light during the dark winter months—Claesson Koivisto Rune’s approach to the project is some­what surprising. “We design buildings from the inside out,” explains principal Eero Koivisto. “The exterior is more or less a product of the interior plans.”

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