Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
In the late 1960s, designer Jens Risom sought an affordable vacation home for his family on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. Now some 45 years later, the prefab cottage still exists to serve the needs of the growing Risom brood. Read the full story in our Prefab Comes Home issue on newsstands now.
- “Good design is something that pleases the eye,” says Jens Risom.
Please join Dwell's Editor-in-Chief Amanda Dameron and architect Joseph Tanney of Resolution: 4 Architecture on December 4, 2012 at the new WeCross space as they discuss America's love affair (and frustrations) with prefab.
Dwell put prefab design back on the map twelve years ago when we explored the "old" idea with innovative design minds eager to iterate a classic mid-century concept. Since then, it has evolved thanks to smart designers reminding us how beautiful prefab can be.
This year's issue will include a personal tour of Jens Risom's house on Block Island as well as a look at the evolution of prefab, with highlights such as the next generation of concrete block construction used in South Africa. Joseph Tanney's newest project is also featured and will be a main talking point in the evening's discussion.
- Wood-burning stoves aren't just for rustic cabins in the woods anymore, the timeless and energy-efficient heating system has worked it's way into the modern home.
- A Marmol Radziner–designed prefab house, trucked onto a remote Northern California site, takes the pain out of the construction process.
- As the Northeast braces for one of the worst storms in memory, we can't help but remember (and hope for the best for) all the fantastic houses we've featured in New England.
- With a sleek prototype in Emeryville, California, under its belt, Simpatico Homes sets out to redefine prefab's cost—and footprint.