Though modest in price and size, Cubbico's modular homes are among the most durable on the market. The Dutch firm designs weather-resilient prefabs that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes, earthquakes, and up to ten-feet of snow.
The result, which will be available commercially in early 2015, is a teardrop-shaped caravan that can be towed behind a vehicle or parked in a backyard.
Architect Shigeru Ban has designed temporary shelters for disaster-stricken areas such as Japan, Turkey, New Zealand, India, and the Phillipines.
The modular construction is visible in the exterior, where individual units jut out to create a stepped facade that celebrates the construction process while still relating to the scale and texture of the surrounding architecture.
The modest, 322-square-foot interior opens up into the environment.
The homes are built on a concrete foundation and are typically constructed in only two days.
Heating for the unit is provided by a Spartherm fireplace, with electric heating integrated into the magnesite floor. Walls are insulated with fire-tested wool felt under plywood panels.