When tricky terrain poses construction problems, hoisting a prefabricated home up on stilts offers a practical, eco-friendly solution.
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.
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.
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.