One of the newest prefab homes to hit the market pairs small-space living with a highly durable shell. Created by the Argentinian company Grandio, the Hüga House is wrapped with reinforced concrete panels and steel cage doors that easily open and close to protect each end. The home’s utilitarian exterior—which contrasts with its surprisingly bright interior—was specifically designed to withstand a variety of climates, from snowy Quebec to hurricane-prone Florida.
The multidisciplinary firm, which has a long construction history in the city of Córdoba, Argentina, is currently run by two pairs of architects and engineers, along with several university professors. Taking cues from their students, the team imagined a go-anywhere prefab for buyers seeking an affordable and convenient housing solution.
The project's name, Hüga, refers to their other source of inspiration: the Danish philosophy of Hygge, which in part promotes a life of wellness and contentment. The Grandio team sought to pair a cozy and sunlit interior with a durable envelope that can be moved to a variety of locations without fear of heavy wind, snow, or other elements.
Their current model measures approximately 485 square feet, with an open-concept living area and a private bedroom in the rear. The floor plan also squeezes in a full bathroom and a cozy mezzanine sleeping area.
Grandio has received an increased number of inquiries throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and they’ve partnered with precast concrete suppliers throughout North America to facilitate easier manufacturing and delivery. The units do not require a foundation, and they can often be set up in less than a day. Prices are available upon request, based on selected finishes and transportation costs.
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Design: Magdalena Vázquez, Verónica Gordillo, Soledad Gordillo, Lucas Font, Mariela Handel
Civil Engineering: Mario E. Martin Schmädke, Italo F. Martin Schmädke
Industrial Designer: Josefina Ferrer
Mechanical Engineer: Lucas Sesma
Industrial Engineer: Francisco Ruiz
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