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5 Intelligent Urban Prefabs

While we fancy prefab as an option for building economically, out-of-the-way, and off-the-grid, a modular building system can work just as well in a city. Here, a handful of smart urban prefab homes.


The rear of the house looks onto a lush backyard. The rough, industrial prefabricated concrete panels by German manufacturer Syspro are the building blocks of the home.

The Best of Prefab: 7 Homes We Love

The locations may be far flung—from rural Missouri to Eglisau, Switzerland—the residents might be architects, families, or weekend warriors, but the constant is prefabrication in our…


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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.