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  1. Building Blocks
    House Tours

    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
    01.17.09

  2. The Suburbs Strike Back
    Profiles

    The Suburbs Strike Back

    Swedish prefab specialists Smedshammar + Holmberg are on a mission to rescue their compatriots from boring suburbs—and their deep-seated suspicion of architects.

    written by: Jane Szita
    01.23.09

  3. Hz so Good
    Green

    Hz so Good

    Architects Simon Beames and Simon Dickens are worried. They are worried about the impact that construction makes on the environment, though they are equally concerned about being thought of as...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    02.01.09

  4. Future Building
    Profiles

    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
    02.26.09

  5. John Quale
    Interviews

    John Quale

    John Quale discovered his calling early. While his buddies were reading Brewers box scores, nine-year-old Quale was analyzing house-of-the-week floor plans in the Milwaukee Sentinel.

    written by: Arnie Cooper
    04.20.09

  6. Sydney's Surprising Opera House
    Travel Reports

    Sydney's Surprising Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House is more amazing—and surprising—in person than any photo could convey. Earlier this month, I headed to the Southern Hemisphere for a vacation in Sydney and Cairns,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.14.11

  7. Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1
    Travel Reports

    Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1

    The Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, is design-heaven on Earth. Since the 1950s, it has been home to Vitra's furniture production (the company headquarters are located across the border in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.11

  8. Top Dror
    House Tours

    Top Dror

    Industrial designer Dror Benshetrit’s new building system, QuaDror, can be applied to make just about anything from architecture to table bases.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    11.29.11

  9. Refinishing Alvar Aalto's Finnish Pavilion
    House Tours

    Refinishing Alvar Aalto's Finnish Pavilion

    Alvar Aalto’s Finnish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale, originally designed as a temporary demountable structure, was built in 1956 and stayed solidly in a place for nearly 56 years until...

    written by: Linda Taalman
    09.12.12

  10. Five Open Decks
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    Five Open Decks

    As previously looked at in Decked out Dwell invites you to once again revel in the beauty of these five stunning and spacious outdoor spaces.

    written by: Jami Smith
    06.04.13

  11. 5 Striking Dining Spaces
    Houses We Love

    5 Striking Dining Spaces

    As previously looked at in Dwell's two-part series, Dining Rooms We Love, Dwell invites you to take another look at five simply stunning dining rooms.

    written by: Jami Smith
    10.05.13

  12. 7 Modern Multipurpose Rooms
    Rooms We Love

    7 Modern Multipurpose Rooms

    The great room—a combined living, dining, and cooking space—is one of architecture's great equalizers. People often want to be together without being sequestered into separate rooms for socializing...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.16.13

  13. Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype
    In The Modern World

    Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype

    Claesson Koivisto Rune introduces its second iteration of the prefab home, combining time-honored Scandinavian touches with the studio’s signature polished aesthetic.

    written by: Madeline A. Potter
    12.26.13

  14. An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles
    In The Modern World

    An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

    A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.29.13

  15. 9 Historical Prefab Projects
    Rewind

    9 Historical Prefab Projects

    We showcase a timeline of nine prefab architecture projects from the 20th century. To see how contemporary designers are using the building technique, pick up a copy of our annual prefab issue on...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.17.13

  16. Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW
    A Great Idea

    Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW

    Inspired by a coffee cup, the EXO portable housing prototype can make a difference for those in need.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.10.14

  17. Sweet Nothing
    Green

    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
    01.08.09

  18. Salone 2012: Charlotte Perriand's Mountain Prefab
    House Tours

    Salone 2012: Charlotte Perriand's Mountain Prefab

    For the first time ever, Cassina has constructed a prefab mountain dwelling conceived by Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret from the drawings the pair created in 1938.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    04.16.12

  19. Singapore Apartment Renovation
    House Tours

    Singapore Apartment Renovation

    Paul and Elsa Seah, a lawyer and high school teacher living in Singapore, turned a 925-square-foot government housing flat—complete with bomb shelter—into a sleek but cozy home. The...

    written by: Margot Dougherty
    11.28.10

  20. A Prefab Beer Garden in Buenos Aires
    Food

    A Prefab Beer Garden in Buenos Aires

    Nicknamed the Green Lantern, this portable bar in Buenos Aires saves the day (and the night).

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    06.04.14

  21. The Country's Best Yurt
    Green

    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
    02.01.09

  22. Dwell Party Highlights: Celebrating Prefab Design at SXSW Eco
    Event Spotlight

    Dwell Party Highlights: Celebrating Prefab Design at SXSW Eco

    What better place for Dwell to host our SXSW Eco party than a prefab pop up at the design complex of the woman who founded the Austin Modern Home Tour? Go behind the scenes in our story and...

    written by: Addie Broyles
    10.10.12

  23. Marmol Radziner Prefab
    How To

    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
    03.16.09

  24. 5 Intelligent Urban Prefabs
    Houses We Love

    5 Intelligent Urban Prefabs

    While we fancy prefab as an option for building economically, out-of-the-way, and off-the-grid, a modular building system can work just as well in a city. Here, a handful of smart urban prefab homes.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    05.27.14

  25. A Customized Prefab in California's Mayacamas Mountains
    Houses We Love

    A Customized Prefab in California's Mayacamas Mountains

    Petite spaces are given a sense of functionality with smart lighting.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Noah Webb
    11.01.13

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