Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe

119 prefab builders made Dwell's annual list; now, check out some of their European counterparts in our roundup of prefab homes from Germany to Finland.
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Utilized year-round, the 225-square-foot cabin opens up to the surrounding countryside via parallel glass walls on either end and a folding wood door that leads to the terrace. Co-designer Remko Remijnse of 2by4 Architects says the concept was to make the "natural surroundings become part of the living room [so] you have endless living space."

Even in a country known for its eco-friendly regulations, the JustK house stands out; its triple-glazed windows and geothermal heat exchanger make it as green as it is modern.

Moinian and Meili Residence by Felix Oesch, Switzerland

This spare, concrete family home outside of Zurich took nine months to build using a prefabricated panel system developed by the German manufacturer Syspro that’s more commonly used for building cellars rather than entire houses.

On the wide deck, the family enjoys some peace and quiet.

Woody35's distinct shape makes it stand out from its surroundings despite the modest size of the building.

Prefab house in Muskö, Sweden

"It’s a beautiful part of the world," says architect Alan Dickson about Scotland's Isle of Skye. "The downside of that beauty is that land is expensive and very difficult for young people to afford, so they’re leaving the island." In 2010, Dickson, of the Skye-based firm Rural Design, and local builder James MacQueen came up with a solution: a small timber-frame prefab design called the R.House, which can be constructed quickly and tucked onto less expensive lots that don’t appeal to well-heeled holiday homeowners.

Photo by Marcus McAdam.

Treehouse by Baumraum, Belgium

Andreas Wenning's firm Baumraum counts over 40 houses, sited in both rural and urban locales, in its portfolio. To reduce impact at this forested site, Baumraum prefabricated a treehouse and craned it atop 19 steel columns, arranging it so that the surrounding trees’ roots wouldn’t be harmed.

The homes are painted wood, and include a shaded deck space, plus full insulation and electricity, for a price of about $29,000.

"P.A.T.H. is a positive energy house, which produces 50% more energy than it consumes," says Starck, referring to numerous features that can be added to any model, such as wind turbines and solar cells. "The positive energy can be sent back to the local electric grid."

Helsinki architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth collaborated on this prefab shed-meets-sleeping-cabin, which can be assembled with little else than a screwdriver. Bergroth, inspired by nomadic yurt-dwellers, wanted an indoor/outdoor experience for her property in Finland.


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