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  1. Contained

    Contained

    In a quest to create some private space in a soaring loft, two San Franciscans turned to shipping containers as a design solution. View the final transformation, which includes a teak-and-copper...

    11.07.11

  2. A Simple Plan
    House Tours

    A Simple Plan

    A Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house, trucked onto a remote Northern California site, takes the pain out of the construction process.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dwight Eschliman
    11.23.11

  3. Looking Inward
    My House

    Looking Inward

    For Paul and Shoko Shozi, a pair of retiring Angelenos, the goal was to shut out the neighborhood but bring in the sunny skies. Their new prefab home, the Tatami House, designed by Swiss architect...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.17.11

  4. Frank Vafaee of Proto Homes
    Dwell on Design

    Frank Vafaee of Proto Homes

    In 2008, Frank Vafaee, Manish Desai, and Andre Farhang founded Proto Homes. The Los Angeles-based company designs, builds, and sells homes as products. "When you buy a phone or a car, you...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.20.11

  5. Shedded Bliss
    Finishing Touch

    Shedded Bliss

    A prefabricated shed sited on a Finnish island provides a perfect summer getaway.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.19.11

  6. Building a Prefab House
    Renovation

    Building a Prefab House

    A highlight of reporting "A Simple Plan," my story about the Marmol Radziner-designed prefab in Ukiah, California (in our December/January 2012 issue, and online here) was sitting down...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.24.11

  7. Roger Kurath on Prefab
    Dwell on Design

    Roger Kurath on Prefab

    We get a nice double dose of architect Roger Kurath, principal of Design*21, this year at Dwell on Design. First check out the Tatami Residence he designed in Marina del Rey on the Westside Home...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.22.11

  8. Green Sustainable Home in Montauk
    Green

    Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

    Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ty Cole
    12.14.11

  9. An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden
    Houses We Love

    An Asymmetrical Prefab Home in Sweden

    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.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    12.04.11

  10. Mark Rylant of Method Homes
    Dwell on Design

    Mark Rylant of Method Homes

    In 2007, builders and developers Mark Rylant and Brian Abramson launched Method Homes, a prefabricated building company with a focus on modern homes. Since then, the Seattle-based business has...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.09.11

  11. Superior Logic
    Houses We Love

    Superior Logic

    Prefab construction simplified the building process of this northern Wisconsin summer home, where all materials required ferrying across Lake Superior.

    written by: Mason Riddle
    photos by: George Heinrich
    11.28.11

  12. Sydney's Surprising Opera House
    Travel Reports

    Sydney's Surprising Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House is more amazing—and surprising—in person than any photo could convey. Earlier this month, I headed to the Southern Hemisphere for a vacation in Sydney and Cairns,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.14.11

  13. Top Dror
    House Tours

    Top Dror

    Industrial designer Dror Benshetrit’s new building system, QuaDror, can be applied to make just about anything from architecture to table bases.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    11.29.11

  14. Whitney Sander on Green Building
    Interviews

    Whitney Sander on Green Building

    I first met architect Whitney Sander of Sander Architects in Los Angeles at Dwell on Design this year. He showed me his work, we talked some prefab (one of his firm's specialties) and when it...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.24.11

  15. Carlos Bunga

    Carlos Bunga

    Trained as a painter, Barcelona-based Portuguese artist Carlos Bunga has expanded his practice to encompass multiple mediums and dimensions, including performance, sculpture, and video. In his...

    08.21.11

  16. Exposure: Matt Keegan, Katie Paterson, Heather Rasmussen

    Exposure: Matt Keegan, Katie Paterson, Heather Rasmussen

    Matt Keegan’s site-specific installation grew out of the artist’s longstanding fascination with cities. Focusing on Chicago and New York, Keegan creates a meandering visual...

    08.21.11

  17. Prefab Education Workshop

    Prefab Education Workshop

    Join Ryan E. Smith, professor of architectural technology and author of Prefab Architecture, in the Prefab Education workshop on January 13th, 2012. Learn about the history of industrialized...

    11.10.11

  18. Herman Miller's POV Series
    Post

    Herman Miller's POV Series

    Our friends at Herman Miller just released a series of online videos celebrating the work of five California architects. Each architect (or team, in the case of Marmol Radziner) speaks on creative...

    written by: Diana Budds
    05.15.11

  19. Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1
    Travel Reports

    Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1

    The Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, is design-heaven on Earth. Since the 1950s, it has been home to Vitra's furniture production (the company headquarters are located across the border in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.11

  20. Time-Lapse Prefab
    Post

    Time-Lapse Prefab

    I interviewed Peter Anderson of Anderson Anderson Architecture for our "American Prefab: A Shopper's Guide" story in the December/January issue, and found the firm's backstory and...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.22.11

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