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  1. Dwell on Design 2013- Go Big or Go Home: Prefab Design Scales Up

    Dwell on Design 2013- Go Big or Go Home: Prefab Design Scales Up

    In this session we talk with architects Leo Marmol, Whitney Sander, and Jonathan Davis—who discuss their recent projects—about how prefab housing is scaling up. As seen at Dwell on Design...

    08.29.13

  2. Jens Risom

    Jens Risom

    In the late 1960s, designer Jens Risom sought an affordable vacation home for his family on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. Now some 45 years later, the prefab cottage still exists to...

    11.19.12

  3. 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

  4. Design Leader: Michelle Kaufmann

    Design Leader: Michelle Kaufmann

    As part of our Design Leaders video series, prefab specialist Michelle Kaufmann shares her philosophy on sustainable modular construction.

    02.26.09

  5. Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW
    A Great Idea

    Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW

    Inspired by a coffee cup, the EXO portable housing prototype can make a difference for those in need.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.10.14

  6. 4 Pristine Prefabs from Marmol Radziner
    Houses We Love

    4 Pristine Prefabs from Marmol Radziner

    Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner understands the benefits of prefab construction. Here, we take a look at four noteworthy projects from the Dwell archives that were flawlessly executed by the...

    written by: Jami Smith
    02.05.14

  7. Buyer Beware: A Prefab Shopper's Guide
    In The Modern World

    Buyer Beware: A Prefab Shopper's Guide

    Bay Area–based architect Michelle Kaufmann is a prefab pioneer. She started in the industry in 2003, a year and a half after Dwell’s inaugural prefab issue, just when consumer interest in...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.14.14

  8. 11 Amazing Prefabs
    Houses We Love

    11 Amazing Prefabs

    Prefab houses are getting leaner, more efficient, and, in some cases, bigger. Here, we explore highlights from our December/January prefab issue, juxtaposed with our favorites from the past.

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.06.14

  9. A Look at Richard Meier's Iconic Lambert House
    Rewind

    A Look at Richard Meier's Iconic Lambert House

    Constructed in 1961, Richard Meier’s first residential project is a nascent example of the modern prefab typology.

    written by: Maggie Nolin
    12.31.13

  10. An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon
    Houses We Love

    An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon

    An easy-to-build modular system is the perfect solution for a family in Bend, Oregon.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.30.13

  11. An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles
    In The Modern World

    An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

    A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.29.13

  12. 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

  13. Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype
    In The Modern World

    Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype

    Claesson Koivisto Rune introduces its second iteration of the prefab home, combining time-honored Scandinavian touches with the studio’s signature polished aesthetic.

    written by: Madeline A. Potter
    12.26.13

  14. A Modular Beachside Getaway in Australia
    Houses We Love

    A Modular Beachside Getaway in Australia

    Putting her architectural training to work, a resident of Merricks, Australia, helps design a modular beachside getaway for her family.

    written by: Georgie Bean
    photos by: Lisa Cohen
    12.24.13

  15. An Unconventional Prefab on Fishers Island
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    An Unconventional Prefab on Fishers Island

    A family’s remote island retreat becomes a more permanent home base, thanks to the efficiency of building modular.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    12.23.13

  16. 9 Historical Prefab Projects
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    9 Historical Prefab Projects

    We showcase a timeline of nine prefab architecture projects from the 20th century. To see how contemporary designers are using the building technique, pick up a copy of our annual prefab issue on...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.17.13

  17. 7 Modern Multipurpose Rooms
    Rooms We Love

    7 Modern Multipurpose Rooms

    The great room—a combined living, dining, and cooking space—is one of architecture's great equalizers. People often want to be together without being sequestered into separate rooms for socializing...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.16.13

  18. 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

  19. A Picturesque Desert Prefab
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    A Picturesque Desert Prefab

    Jim Murren’s prefab house in Sin City, designed by Marmol Radziner, is as artful as it is art-filled, thanks to an asymmetrical arrangement of solids and voids.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Jill Paider
    11.18.13

  20. A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
    Houses We Love

    A Compact Prefab Vacation Home

    A New Zealand family taps into the creative capital of architecture students to make their dream home a reality.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    11.18.13

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