Top 9 Prefabs of 2020

Top 9 Prefabs of 2020

By Ian Zunt
These best-in-class prefabricated homes are vying for your vote in the Dwell Design Awards.

From shingle-clad cabins to shipping-container homes, the nine nominees for Best Prefab in the 2020 Dwell Design Awards represent the latest in modular design. Take a look at the projects below, and remember to cast your vote before December 16.

These Affordable Solar Homes in Sweden Produce as Much Energy as They Use

The compact row houses feature carefully angled solar panels that harness every moment of the sun.

Metal stairs attached via wires allow an abundance of light to reach the first floor.

With an off-the-grid house on a remote mountain, architect Smiljan Radić rebuilds the past.

"We are still getting to know the house, becoming acquainted with and learning to inhabit the space. We see this as a life project, and we aim to spend more time here as we grow older," adds Antonio.

The self-sufficient Courtyard House embraces the bush landscape in all directions.

Sliding glass doors blur the lines between indoors and out.

Michael K. Chen Architecture channels Le Corbusier vibes into a modular and multifunctional holiday home aboard the world’s largest residential yacht.

The custom dining table is paired with Mars dining chairs covered in Maharam wool by Konstantin Grcic.

Handcrafted according to centuries-old technique, Estonian company Iglucraft’s shingled saunas and cabins are straight out of a fairy tale.

Inside, the cabins are wrapped in either aspen or spruce, with most of the timber sourced sustainably from Estonian forests. The same shingling technique used on the exterior is employed to create a layered, half-dome design at each end of the hut.

Assembled in just two weeks, the idyllic retreat near Woodstock, New York, realizes a couple’s dream of rural living.

The kitchen countertops are soapstone and the faucet is by Axor.

A designer couple convert three shipping containers into a 530-square-foot, solar-powered dwelling on their family’s farm.

The living area, housed in the second container volume, features a vintage metal stove.

Ready for life on land or water, the net-zero LilliHaus is a plug-and-play prefab by SysHaus.

While the design is suitable for life on land, the owners of this one decided to mount it on a floating catamaran, which can be moored to a buoy or sailed at speeds of up to four knots. The tiny house, called Altar, is currently offered as a rental on Airbnb.

The Japanese "no-brand" masters of minimalism unveil the first single-story design in their line of prefab homes.

The model home is furnished with Muji's line of home goods.

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