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  1. Prefab, Proven
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    Prefab, Proven

    In January 2003, we issued a challenge to 16 architects: Design a modern prefab home for $200,000. Here’s the story of the house that resulted from that challenge—and what we learned...

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Roger Davies

  2. Marmol Radziner Prefab
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    Marmol Radziner Prefab

    Amid the industrial expanse of Vernon, California, Marmol Radziner Prefab’s factory-built homes are pieced together in a process akin to the assembly lines made famous by Henry Ford.

    written by: Jessica Hundley

  3. Four Walls and a Screw-Top
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    Four Walls and a Screw-Top

    What does a $9.99 bottle of screw-top wine have to do with a prefab house? Vetter Denk made the connections in an innovative getaway for an enterprising vintner.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: J.J. Sulin

  4. Upwardly Mobile Homes
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    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito

  5. iT House, Joshua Tree
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    iT House, Joshua Tree

    The iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Gregg Segal

  6. Barely There

    Barely There

    If not for the dawn appearance of the bear, which came loping toward Maem Slater-Enns and her then six-month-old daughter as they sat contemplating the water, the Enns family might still be...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Thomas Fricke

  7. Take Me Home
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    Take Me Home

    A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and thoughtful ingenuity lets a Washington, DC–area family and a stream of weekend guests enjoy prefab living in an unlikely locale:...

    written by: Jeremy Berlin
    photos by: Chris Mueller

  8. Desert Utopia
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    Desert Utopia

    With this elegant steel prototype, Marmol Radziner and Associates launch a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy

  9. Tait Modern

    Tait Modern

    When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built theirs 30 hours away on the coast of Tasmania.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt

  10. Swiss Mix
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    Swiss Mix

    Built for a young family of Spartan-minded clients, architect Felix Oesch's spare, concrete prefab outside of Zurich is a marvel of clean living.

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus

  11. Massie Produced
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    Massie Produced

    Art object or machine for living in Architect William Massie’s personal prefab project takes the mass out of mass customization to create a one-of-a-kind wonder.

    written by: David Hay
    photos by: Henrik Knudsen

  12. Setting the Stage
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    Setting the Stage

    Blessed with an enviable site on the sylvan shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in Washington state, architect Anthony Pellecchia and his wife, graphic designer Kathy Wesselman, wanted to create a...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Philip Newton

  13. All You Need Is LV
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    All You Need Is LV

    In the most unlikely of places—rural Missouri—Rocio Romero has designed and built a prefab empire.

    written by: Donovan Finn
    photos by: Dean Kaufman

  14. On a Rock in a Hard Place
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    On a Rock in a Hard Place

    In an unlikely mountaintop locale, Anderson Anderson Architecture crafted a home out of a complex composition of off-the-shelf components, paving new paths for the prefabricated construction industry.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: John Clark

  15. Sweet Nothing

    Sweet Nothing

    We’re heading into an uncertain future, but two things are clear: Technology is getting better and the environment is getting worse. Fortunately, the former offers solutions for the latter,...

    written by: Sarah Rich

  16. Building Blocks
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    Building Blocks

    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—a very private individual with...

    photos by: Dean Kaufman

  17. How to Play FlatPak
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    How to Play FlatPak

    Intelligent, appealing, and affordable, Charlie Lazor’s user-friendly FlatPak just might be the project that revolutionizes the prefab industry.

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Chad Holder

  18. Sum of Its Parts
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    Sum of Its Parts

    Taking cues from traditional Swedish rooflines but rejecting the precedent of subpar prefab, Claesson Koivisto Rune bring light and style to their "site-generic" design.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner

  19. Ma-dular Building in Austin

    Ma-dular Building in Austin

    The Music and Technology festivals that make up South by Southwest may have come and gone but that doesn't mean that innovation can't still be found in Austin, Texas. Austin based firm KRDB have...


  20. All Clad
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    All Clad

    For photographer Ed Reeve, building his own house had been a lifelong dream. When he met architect David Adjaye, and found the perfect plot of land in London’s De Beauvoir Town, Reeve knew his time...

    written by: Max Fraser
    photos by: Ed Reeve

  21. The Country's Best Yurt

    The Country's Best Yurt

    Lakes of ink have been spilled over a peculiarly American wanderlust, whether it’s our ancestors’ push westward or our current penchant for cross-country moves at the drop of a...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  22. Outback Staked House
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    Outback Staked House

    A few years ago, while working with the indigenous communities of remote Arnhem Land, in Australia’s Northern Territory, architect Sue Harper became passionate about prefab.

    written by: Catherine Franklin

  23. Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gary Tarleton

  24. LEEDing the Way

    LEEDing the Way

    One day last April there was great excitement on Highland Avenue, a quiet, hilly street (on which this writer happens to live) of Craftsman bungalows and 1960s apartment buildings in the Ocean Park...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen

  25. Future Building

    Future Building

    Resembling in form and function ancestors such as Jean Prouvé’s prefab Tropical House, Architect Fred Friedmeyer’s prefab structures harmonize, as much as possible, with Ethiopia...

    written by: Donovan Finn