June 23, 2014
When tricky terrain poses construction problems, hoisting a prefabricated home up on stilts offers a practical, eco-friendly solution.
iconic Lambert prefab exterior

A 1961 prefab by architect Richard Meier, designed for New York City artist and illustrator Saul Lambert, rises above the Long Island dunes on a series of wooden struts. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.

Originally appeared in A Look at Richard Meier's Iconic Lambert House
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The dramatic Strait of Juan de Fuca sets the stage for a Seattle couple's ideal getaway.

In order to preserve the integrity of the site and its surrounding ecosystem, architect Anthony Pellecchia anchored his Washington vacation house on six prefabricated moment frames, raising a large portion of the structure to allow the natural slope to continue untouched beneath. Photo by Philip Newton.

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Originally appeared in Setting the Stage
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Prefab of corrugated steel on stilts in the Australian outback

A prefab located in Australia’s rugged outback consists of three pavilions elevated on steel posts to capture river views and allow breezes, lizards, and rain runoff to circulate freely underneath. Photo by Patrick Bingham Hall.

Originally appeared in Outback Staked House
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Gerard Kitchener and his partner Denise spend most weekends on top of an exposed hill in a two-level steel-and-glass tower on stilts.

A vacation home in Victoria, Australia, constructed from prefabricated corrugated steel panels, rests on a series of steel stilts in order to take full advantage of the site’s 360-degree panoramic view. Photo by Peter Hyatt.

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Originally appeared in Rising to the Occasion
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Modern treehouse in Belgium.

To reduce impact at a site in northeastern Belgium, design firm Baumraum prefabricated a 450-square-foot retreat and craned it atop 19 steel columns. It's arranged so that the surrounding trees’ roots aren't harmed. Photo courtesy Baumraum.

Originally appeared in A Modern Treehouse in Belgium
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The Fish Camp acts as the couple’s forest getaway, just a quarter mile from their main house.

The 312-square-foot Fish Camp cabin, one of a series of kit homes designed by Rocio Romero, can be set atop oversize flood-rated pylons in harsh environments. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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Originally appeared in All You Need Is LV
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black box home in Japan open glass doors

A version of architect Tadashi Murai’s modular, customizable Aero House was trucked into a hidden valley west of Tokyo and set on stilts amidst the wooded landscape. Photo by Alessio Guarino.

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Originally appeared in Simply Sustainable
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compact prefab new zealand exterior patio

To meet the topographical challenges posed by a seaside site in New Zealand, a group of architecture students elevated a compact prefab vacation home on a series of piers. Photo by Simon Devitt.

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Originally appeared in A Compact Prefab Vacation Home
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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 steel framing system used for a prefab home in California’s desert adjusts to the site’s topography so that no harsh grading of the land is necessary. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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iconic Lambert prefab exterior

A 1961 prefab by architect Richard Meier, designed for New York City artist and illustrator Saul Lambert, rises above the Long Island dunes on a series of wooden struts. Photo courtesy Richard Meier & Partners Architects.

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