7 Prefabs Set in Nature

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By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell
One of the benefits of prefabricated and modular buildings is that they leave minimal construction waste and can be built without damaging much of the land they're sited on. This makes them ideal for locations that are tricky or off the grid.

Take a look at these seven prefabs that are located on stunning natural sites—ranging from the California desert to the Norwegian mountains.

Summer House in the Pyrenees 

7 Prefabs Set in Nature - Photo 1 of 7 - With a budget of only $118,210, Spanish architect Marc Mogas transported the prefabricated interior and exterior walls of this summer home to a slope surrounded by trees in the Spanish Pyrenees, and assembled them on site.

With a budget of only $118,210, Spanish architect Marc Mogas transported the prefabricated interior and exterior walls of this summer home to a slope surrounded by trees in the Spanish Pyrenees, and assembled them on site.

7 Prefabs Set in Nature - Photo 2 of 7 - Minnesota firm Alchemy Architect’s ultra-minimal weeHouse in Santa Rosa was<br>designed in Minnesota for a client who lived in San Francisco, built in Oregon, then shipped to a peaceful slope in Santo Rosa that's surrounded by rolling hills and trees. We're hoping that this beautiful home and its inhabitants made it safely through the Sonoma fires.

Minnesota firm Alchemy Architect’s ultra-minimal weeHouse in Santa Rosa was
designed in Minnesota for a client who lived in San Francisco, built in Oregon, then shipped to a peaceful slope in Santo Rosa that's surrounded by rolling hills and trees. We're hoping that this beautiful home and its inhabitants made it safely through the Sonoma fires.

7 Prefabs Set in Nature - Photo 3 of 7 - Designed to adapt to a variety of weather conditions, Gapahuk, a prefab cabin designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, has a twisted roof that folds down on one side to offer wind protection, or tilts up on the other side to capture more sunlight. It's perfect for enjoying the dramatic natural landscapes of the Norwegian wilderness.&nbsp;

Designed to adapt to a variety of weather conditions, Gapahuk, a prefab cabin designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, has a twisted roof that folds down on one side to offer wind protection, or tilts up on the other side to capture more sunlight. It's perfect for enjoying the dramatic natural landscapes of the Norwegian wilderness. 

7 Prefabs Set in Nature - Photo 4 of 7 - In 14 weeks, UK prefab and modular home builders Boutique Modern completed this off-the-grid lakeside home that sits deep in Dorset’s Hook Park Forest. The house draws water from the lake, and electricity is produced via solar panels and stored in a battery. Extra energy can be generated with a small diesel generator when needed.

In 14 weeks, UK prefab and modular home builders Boutique Modern completed this off-the-grid lakeside home that sits deep in Dorset’s Hook Park Forest. The house draws water from the lake, and electricity is produced via solar panels and stored in a battery. Extra energy can be generated with a small diesel generator when needed.

7 Prefabs Set in Nature - Photo 5 of 7 - Openess and isolation is what architect Jesse Garlick enjoys most about his off-the-grid prefabricated vacation home in the eastern Washington desert. The house has a steel facade that mimics the ochre-red bedrock in the area.

Openess and isolation is what architect Jesse Garlick enjoys most about his off-the-grid prefabricated vacation home in the eastern Washington desert. The house has a steel facade that mimics the ochre-red bedrock in the area.

7 Prefabs Set in Nature - Photo 6 of 7 - Set high in the desert of California’s Yucca Valley, this hybrid prefab by Blue Sky Building Systems is constructed with an eco-friendly, light-gauge steel framing system that helps it perch lightly on the land.

Set high in the desert of California’s Yucca Valley, this hybrid prefab by Blue Sky Building Systems is constructed with an eco-friendly, light-gauge steel framing system that helps it perch lightly on the land.

7 Prefabs Set in Nature - Photo 7 of 7 - Tucked away on the edge of a small lake surrounded by mountains and topped off with a grass-covered roof, this hunting cabin designed by Snøhetta is made with locally sourced stones. It's a prefab dream come true for nature lovers.&nbsp;

Tucked away on the edge of a small lake surrounded by mountains and topped off with a grass-covered roof, this hunting cabin designed by Snøhetta is made with locally sourced stones. It's a prefab dream come true for nature lovers. 

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