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  1. Pretty Fabulous
    --Done Right

    Pretty Fabulous

    In order to fairly evaluate the pros and cons of today’s prefab design, we broke it down according to various criteria. Here are just a few examples of the benefits prefab has to offer.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  2. Modular Retreat
    House Tours

    Modular Retreat

    Architect Jim Garrison of Brooklyn-based Garrison Architects was asked to design a lakeside retreat for visiting families at a boarding school for troubled teens, Star Commonwealth, in Albion,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    03.17.10

  3. QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba
    A Great Idea

    QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba

    In its simplest version, QuaDror looks like a child's wooden puzzle. Dror Benshetrit aligns four L-shaped blocks, and effortlessly shifts them from a few flat planes into an elegant structure. It...

    written by: Rebecca L. Weber
    02.28.11

  4. Handled With Care
    My House

    Handled With Care

    In Warsaw, Poland, a resident breathes new life into an old apartment by dismantling, then reassembling, his late grandmother's hodgepodge of wooden furniture and creates a self-contained do-it-all...

    02.06.13

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 7 Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest
    Houses We Love

    7 Modern Spaces in the Pacific Northwest

    A strong creative streak runs through the Pacific Northwest and is on vibrant display in these spaces, featured in the pages of Dwell and on Dwell.com. Here, we venture beyond the region's major...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.13.13

  8. Prefab Slapstick in One Week
    House Tours

    Prefab Slapstick in One Week

    I was in the process of researching a big prefab round-up story this week when I came across what might be the only prefab slapstick comedy in existence. A good three decade's before Jacque...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.25.11

  9. Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon
    Outdoor

    Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gary Tarleton
    02.26.09

  10. A Modern Multiunit Prefab Prototype in Vancouver
    A Great Idea

    A Modern Multiunit Prefab Prototype in Vancouver

    A Vancouver architect maxes out a commercial lot to create a multiunit prefab tower that takes smart urban planning as seriously as good design.

    written by: Adele Weder
    photos by: Kamil Bialous
    12.28.13

  11. 10 Amazing Examples of Shipping Container Architecture
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    10 Amazing Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

    If you caught our recent round up of shipping container homes, you know there's no shortage of innovative adaptations to the boxy cargo pieces. We can't get enough of them, either, and here we...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.30.12

  12. 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

  13. 7 Inviting Wooden Prefab Homes
    Houses We Love

    7 Inviting Wooden Prefab Homes

    Not all prefabs are made of sheet metal and shipping containers; these sylvan sanctuaries offer a more humanistic approach to assembly-line architecture.

    06.16.14

  14. Outback Staked House
    My House

    Outback Staked House

    A few years ago, while working with the indigenous communities of remote Arnhem Land, in Australia’s Northern Territory, architect Sue Harper became passionate about prefab.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    03.01.09

  15. A Look at Waterfront Homes
    Post

    A Look at Waterfront Homes

    Whether it is floating on a river in Ontario or a short walk to the beach in California, these five homes embrace the life aquatic.

    written by: Jami Smith
    06.04.13

  16. Setting the Stage
    My House

    Setting the Stage

    Blessed with an enviable site on the sylvan shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state, architect Anthony Pellecchia and his wife, graphic designer Kathy Wesselman, wanted to create a...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Philip Newton
    01.16.09

  17. Dwell on Design 2013: Outdoor
    Dwell on Design

    Dwell on Design 2013: Outdoor

    Dwell Outdoor is center stage at this year’s Dwell on Design, with full-scale prefab structures creating a neighborhood feel. All of the buildings bring their own flavor to the prefab methodology,...

    written by: Kristen W. Terry
    06.21.13

  18. Into the Woods
    Houses We Love

    Into the Woods

    The efficiency and aesthetics of prefab proved appealing to the owner of this Dwell Home, built on a rugged island off Canada’s western coast.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.30.12

  19. Four Walls and a Screw-Top
    My House

    Four Walls and a Screw-Top

    What does a $9.99 bottle of screw-top wine have to do with a prefab house? Vetter Denk made the connections in an innovative getaway for an enterprising vintner.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: J.J. Sulin
    08.21.09

  20. Tait Modern
    Green

    Tait Modern

    When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built theirs 30 hours away on the coast of Tasmania.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt
    04.30.09

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