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August 5, 2012

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 roundup of seven of the best prefab homes featured in Dwell.

The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith.
The Blue Sky prototype house was built as a desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith. "This house is the Prius of prefabs,” says McAdam, referring to a hybrid of another sort.
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Claesson Koivisto Rune's Plus House took 40 days to build: 20 in the factory and 20 onsite. CKR's mode of prefabrication is about not building modules but panels: Girders, walls and trusses are assembled before delivery. Finding a vacant lot in Stockholm
"Prefab houses are so ubiquitous in Sweden, and most of them are crappy," says Mårten Claesson of Swedish firm Claesson Koivisto Rune. "When we found out there was a market for improving the aesthetic, we were happy to contribute.” Their "site-generic prefab design" does just that.
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Prefab pool area with shade cloth curtain
This Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house is stationed in remote Ukiah, California. “We weren’t able to make lots of trips up here, so we couldn’t babysit the process,” says residence Bill Burton. “Stick-built construction requires a lot of hand-holding. Going prefab made it pretty seamless.”
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Concrete prefab house in Zurich
Architect Felix Oesch designed this prefab residence just outside of Zurich, Switzerland, using concrete panels by the German manufacturer Syspro core building components. "We wanted a modern, minimal concrete house," says the resident.
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The curving, bulbous walls of the bath and shower reveal an unexpected secondary role as a screen for film projections, giving the house a sci-fi glow.
“It is the culmination of everything—the digital technology, the prefabrication techniques, and more formal architecture—that I have brought to my designs,” says architect William Massie of his Bloomfield, Michigan, prefab home.
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Perched above the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state, this prefab design is influenced by its architect's former boss, Louis Kahn.“The site was the most important aspect of the project for us,” explains resident Kathy Wesselman. “We positioned the house to have a spectacular view of the water, but we didn’t take down all of the trees to achieve that.”
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The open kitchen and dining area of Romero and Bradford’s LV Home is flooded with natural light. Dining table and chairs by IKEA. Antique jukebox by Wurlitzer.
Rocio Romero's prefab home is located in rural Missouri and subtly reflects the regional vernacular. “When you design prefab, it’s not just having a grandiose design everyone’s going to love; it’s also stepping back and thinking about how things get built. Every little step is important and informs how [the house] gets put together and how it gets designed,” she says.
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Originally appeared in All You Need Is LV
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The Blue Sky prototype house leads a second life as desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith.
The Blue Sky prototype house was built as a desert getaway for David McAdam and his partner Scott Smith. "This house is the Prius of prefabs,” says McAdam, referring to a hybrid of another sort. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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