I interviewed Peter Anderson of Anderson Anderson Architecture for our "American Prefab: A Shopper's Guide" story in the December/January issue, and found the firm's backstory and approach to prefab inspiring. The brothers trace their interest in modular buildings back to the toys their parents supplied them with when they were kids, including Lincoln Logs and Legos. Today they design all manner of buildings, prefab and otherwise, as well as experimental building systems, like steel building components built on the same production line as shipping containers.
An interesting project I didn't mention in the magazine is their Harvard Yard Childcare Building, which was a design-build collaboration with Triumph Modular. It opened earlier this year on Harvard's campus. For eighteen months, this 5,700-square-foot modular building will first house the Harvard Yard Child Care Center, and then the Oxford Street Daycare Cooperative, while their permanent locations are being renovated. Later the modules will be transported elsewhere and transformed into green school buildings or classrooms.
Here's some additional information about the project and the priorities and design process behind it:
And in related news, here's a time-lapse video showing another Triumph Modular project come together—a 35,000-square-foot temporary modular classroom complex installed in Needham, Massachusetts in just 60 days. Pretty amazing to see—a kind of futuristic-looking insta-architecture.