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Intelligent, appealing, and affordable, Charlie Lazor’s user-friendly FlatPak just might be the project that revolutionizes the prefab industry.

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  Front view of the FlatPak House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the architect first told his wife about his idea, she said, “It’s about time you focus on a house for me!” He continues, “It’s like the old story about the cobbler whose kids have no shoes.”  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Front view of the FlatPak House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the architect first told his wife about his idea, she said, “It’s about time you focus on a house for me!” He continues, “It’s like the old story about the cobbler whose kids have no shoes.”

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  Having lived, he says, in “a number of houses where the living room is the most adorned and the least used,” it was important for Lazor to create a functional family living space. As the gathering above attests, it worked. The carpet is by InterfaceFLOR, and the armchairs by Blu Dot.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    Having lived, he says, in “a number of houses where the living room is the most adorned and the least used,” it was important for Lazor to create a functional family living space. As the gathering above attests, it worked. The carpet is by InterfaceFLOR, and the armchairs by Blu Dot.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  The industrial stair leads to the upper level, where the bedrooms, bathrooms, and play space are located.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    The industrial stair leads to the upper level, where the bedrooms, bathrooms, and play space are located.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  “It was a major decision to put the kitchen in the center where everything would revolve around it,” says Lazor. “We did this simply by following what patterns we observed—it was just where people gravitated.” The bar stools are by Blu Dot, and the chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    “It was a major decision to put the kitchen in the center where everything would revolve around it,” says Lazor. “We did this simply by following what patterns we observed—it was just where people gravitated.” The bar stools are by Blu Dot, and the chairs by Charles and Ray Eames.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  The big ‘move’ was to create the little box, a separate stand-alone piece that gave us a resolutely private sanctuary,” says Lazor. “It’s a place with no phone, no TV, no other person. The second big thing was the space in between the courtyard, which cements the house to the site and takes advantage of the greenway behind the space.”  Photo by: Chad Holder
    The big ‘move’ was to create the little box, a separate stand-alone piece that gave us a resolutely private sanctuary,” says Lazor. “It’s a place with no phone, no TV, no other person. The second big thing was the space in between the courtyard, which cements the house to the site and takes advantage of the greenway behind the space.”

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  Jasper and Maeve take five. One of their requests was for their dad to create a secret door to connect their bedrooms together.  Photo by: Chad HolderCourtesy of: Chad Holder
    Jasper and Maeve take five. One of their requests was for their dad to create a secret door to connect their bedrooms together.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

    Courtesy of: Chad Holder

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  The master bedroom features a low-level picture window that opens out to the green space behind the house.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    The master bedroom features a low-level picture window that opens out to the green space behind the house.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  The master bath contains all functions in the white fiberglass panel that runs the length of the wall. Lazor designed the vanity; the tub is by Duravit.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    The master bath contains all functions in the white fiberglass panel that runs the length of the wall. Lazor designed the vanity; the tub is by Duravit.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  A glass-fronted walkway leads from the main house to the office/play area.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    A glass-fronted walkway leads from the main house to the office/play area.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  The courtyard is just one of many open spaces that will be highly utilized—in the non-winter months anyway. Concrete worked well with developing the language of FlatPak. The second level is a wood panel that can be clad in corrugated metal or cedar—different layers that can be plugged in like covers on your cellphone.  Photo by: Chad Holder
    The courtyard is just one of many open spaces that will be highly utilized—in the non-winter months anyway. Concrete worked well with developing the language of FlatPak. The second level is a wood panel that can be clad in corrugated metal or cedar—different layers that can be plugged in like covers on your cellphone.

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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