Vancouver architect Oliver Lang maxed out a commercial lot to create a four-residence prefab tower that takes smart urban planning as seriously as good design. Each of the residences has outdoor space attached to it; the family’s unit has a roof deck. In lieu of a green roof is a galvanized tub filled with grasses—a collaboration between the architects and landscape architecture firm space2place. Photo by Kamil Bialous.
The architect's daughters, Fiona and Olivia, try out the central elevator, which is shared by all the owners and tenants and was designed, says Lang, “to encourage neighbor interaction.” The industrial facade of the 2011 building is now softened by the young clematis vines that are just starting to wind their way up a series of steel cables extending from the ground-floor courtyard to the upper-floor breezeways. Photo by Kamil Bialous.
A net-zero prefab prototype designed by Minarc with Habitat for Humanity is set to reinvigorate South Central Los Angeles. Components for the low-cost modular homes (roughly $150 per square foot) were trucked in and assembled over three days. Photos by Art Gray.
Quito, Ecuador, population 1.6 million, is home to Pentimento House, a modular residence designed by a pair of architects using stacked concrete bricks. “Your first impression is that the house is very closed,” says David Barragán of the building he designed with Jose María Sáez. Stacked concrete forms, used as planters along the front facade, offer privacy and integrate the building with the site. Photo by João Canziani.
On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama and six rental tenants. Photo by Dean Kaufman.