Prefab, Proven

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October 19, 2009

In January 2003, we issued a challenge to 16 architects: Design a modern prefab home for $200,000. Here’s the story of the house that resulted from that challenge—and what we learned along the way.

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  In 2003, Resolution: 4 Architecture was one of 16 firms who participated in the Dwell Home Design Invitational, a competition to design a modern prefab home for $200,000.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    In 2003, Resolution: 4 Architecture was one of 16 firms who participated in the Dwell Home Design Invitational, a competition to design a modern prefab home for $200,000.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  Wieler and Tung enjoy two of the home’s several decks.The home is clad in red cedar siding and features a multitude of view-enhancing windows by Loewen. The decking is composite wood by Trex.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    Wieler and Tung enjoy two of the home’s several decks.The home is clad in red cedar siding and features a multitude of view-enhancing windows by Loewen. The decking is composite wood by Trex.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  The house is entered through a Visteon steel door by Neoporte, who also provided the solid core birch interior doors.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    The house is entered through a Visteon steel door by Neoporte, who also provided the solid core birch interior doors.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  Light-filled living and dining areas and an open kitchen are all contained within the ground-floor module. The space can be closed off by slightly iridescent curtains in “Decipher” by Maharam, hung on a curtain track with 8" drop chains. The centerpiece of the space is Artemide’s Logico Suspension lamp, which illuminates the elegant M.I.R. table by Cassina and understated Laleggera chairs by Alias.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    Light-filled living and dining areas and an open kitchen are all contained within the ground-floor module. The space can be closed off by slightly iridescent curtains in “Decipher” by Maharam, hung on a curtain track with 8" drop chains. The centerpiece of the space is Artemide’s Logico Suspension lamp, which illuminates the elegant M.I.R. table by Cassina and understated Laleggera chairs by Alias.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  Tung takes in the wooded view from the house’s back deck. Inside, the Goetz sofa, Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and Aalto stool are all from Herman Miller.The rug and throw are by Emma Gardner.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    Tung takes in the wooded view from the house’s back deck. Inside, the Goetz sofa, Eames lounge chair and ottoman, and Aalto stool are all from Herman Miller.The rug and throw are by Emma Gardner.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  Wieler and Tung wanted a space conducive to entertaining, and this open kitchen delivers. It features a stainless steel refrigerator, Pro-Style gas range, hood, backsplash, and two-rack tub dishwasher, all from Jenn-Air. The ebony countertop, which allows the chef to interact easily with guests, is from Caesarstone. The distinctive faucet and Poise kitchen sink are from Kohler. Maple cabinets by Merillat (installed flush with the wall to save space and look sleek) provide ample storage space for all kitchen essentials. The under-counter storage space holds Victoria china  designed by Oscar Tusquets for Driade. The bread board was designed by Antonio Citterio for Iittala’s Tools collection. The wine rack and oil/vinegar cruets are from Rosendahl.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    Wieler and Tung wanted a space conducive to entertaining, and this open kitchen delivers. It features a stainless steel refrigerator, Pro-Style gas range, hood, backsplash, and two-rack tub dishwasher, all from Jenn-Air. The ebony countertop, which allows the chef to interact easily with guests, is from Caesarstone. The distinctive faucet and Poise kitchen sink are from Kohler. Maple cabinets by Merillat (installed flush with the wall to save space and look sleek) provide ample storage space for all kitchen essentials. The under-counter storage space holds Victoria china designed by Oscar Tusquets for Driade. The bread board was designed by Antonio Citterio for Iittala’s Tools collection. The wine rack and oil/vinegar cruets are from Rosendahl.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  The master bedroom has a number of windows in varying shapes and sizes, providing unique views to the woods outside. The bed, chest of drawers, side tables, and geometric linens are all from West Elm. The Tolomeo wall lamps are by Artemide.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    The master bedroom has a number of windows in varying shapes and sizes, providing unique views to the woods outside. The bed, chest of drawers, side tables, and geometric linens are all from West Elm. The Tolomeo wall lamps are by Artemide.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  When Wieler and Tung are in their office (if they can resist the lure of the roof deck), they can work or just relax in this happy Tulip chair designed by Jeffrey Bernett. Sound system by Bang & Olufsen.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    When Wieler and Tung are in their office (if they can resist the lure of the roof deck), they can work or just relax in this happy Tulip chair designed by Jeffrey Bernett. Sound system by Bang & Olufsen.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  A view from the top of the stairs, past the office to the master bedroom. Sunlight filters through extensive fenestration to the hall, which features a runner by Emma Gardner. Artwork by Campbell Laird hangs over B&B Italia seating in the couple’s office. Not shown is a Herman Miller desk complete with Aeron work chair.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    A view from the top of the stairs, past the office to the master bedroom. Sunlight filters through extensive fenestration to the hall, which features a runner by Emma Gardner. Artwork by Campbell Laird hangs over B&B Italia seating in the couple’s office. Not shown is a Herman Miller desk complete with Aeron work chair.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  A storage space off the house keeps papers and the other detritus of everday life out of the way. The slate gray floor is Marmoleum by Forbo.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    A storage space off the house keeps papers and the other detritus of everday life out of the way. The slate gray floor is Marmoleum by Forbo.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  The bathroom does double duty as the laundry room. Sink, faucet, and all other bathroom fixtures throughout the house are by Kohler. The Eco-Smart washer and SmartLoad dryer are by Fisher & Paykel.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    The bathroom does double duty as the laundry room. Sink, faucet, and all other bathroom fixtures throughout the house are by Kohler. The Eco-Smart washer and SmartLoad dryer are by Fisher & Paykel.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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  The private site allowed for generous windows and decks, but the Res 4 design could be adapted to 
a more urban setting as well. Ultimately, the Dwell Home proves that a manufactured house can be site-specific. The design, scale, and materials are appropriate to the climate and context.  Photo by: Roger Davies
    The private site allowed for generous windows and decks, but the Res 4 design could be adapted to a more urban setting as well. Ultimately, the Dwell Home proves that a manufactured house can be site-specific. The design, scale, and materials are appropriate to the climate and context.

    Photo by: Roger Davies

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