Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe

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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.

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.” Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe modern home

Island House by 2by4 Architects, The Netherlands

The one-room Island House leaves a small footprint at only 225 square feet. A slide-out side wall and parallel glass walls, which support a gabled roof and provide a lengthwise view of the island, open up the home to the countryside. The cabin inspired a series of modular prototypes that prospective clients can customize to create their own escape, no island necessary.

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. Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe modern home

JustK Haus by Amunt, Germany

JustK house does zero-energy with unusual style. Amunt incorporated a geothermal heat exchanger and triple-glazed windows into the strict planning regulations, which dictated the pitched roof and narrow structure for the prefab structure, which houses a family of six.

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. Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe modern home

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.

Modern home with Exterior, Prefab Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Multi-discipli­nary Swedish firm Claesson Koivisto Rune created the plans for this home for design-minded kit-house manu­fact­urer Arkitektus. Considering the unique balance of the facade, as well as its climate-specific construction—the asymmetrical "lifted" roof allows for both water drainage and maximum light during the dark winter months—Claesson Koivisto Rune’s approach to the project is some­what surprising. "We design buildings from the inside out," explains principal Eero Koivisto. "The exterior is more or less a product of the interior plans."   Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe

Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arkitektus, Sweden

Multi-disciplinary Swedish firm Claesson Koivisto Rune has designed two prefab homes, the first for kit-house manufacturer Arkitektus with an inside-out approach. “We design buildings from the inside out,” explains principal Eero Koivisto. “The exterior is more or less a product of the interior plans.”

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Grass. On the wide deck, the family enjoys some peace and quiet. Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe

Plus House by Claesson Koivisto Rune for Arkitekthus, Sweden

The Plus House—named for the perpendicular trajectories of light and air that pass through on the top and bottom floors—is one in a series of architect-designed homes commissioned by Arkitekthus, a development company founded five years ago with a pledge to improve the quality of prefab architecture. The company offers 12 models from four acclaimed Swedish architects: Thomas Sandell, Tham & Videgard Hansson, Gert Wingårdh, and Claesson Koivisto Rune.

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, Boulders, Side Yard, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, and Wood Patio, Porch, Deck. When Oslo-based architect Marianne Borge was approached in 2004 by a client who wanted an actual cabin rather than a second home, she was instantly inspired by the challenge of working on a smaller scale. The home, called Woody35, has a distinct shape that makes it stand out from its surroundings despite the modest size of the building. Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe

Woody35 by Marianne Borge, Norway

Named Woody35 because of its size (35 square meters) and wooden structure, the main cabin can sleep six people, has a living room, kitchen and bathroom. It is all fitted neatly together under a heart pine-clad facade, which needs very little up-keep and is known for its strength and durability.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Gable RoofLine, and Prefab Building Type. The homes are painted wood, and include a shaded deck space, plus full insulation and electricity, for a price of about $29,000. Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe

Mini House 2.0 by Jonas Wagell, Sweden

Wagell designed the roughly 160-square-foot modules, which are built in collaboration with Swedish manufacturer Sommarnöjen and delivered flat-packed.

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. Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe modern home

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.

“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.

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R.House by Rural Design Architects, Scotland

Rural Design's second built prefab was constructed on the scenic but remote Isle of Skye. In 2010, firm principal Alan Dickson and local builder James MacQueen came up with 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.

Modern home with Exterior, Cabin Building Type, Glass Siding Material, Prefab Building Type, and Gable RoofLine. 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. Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe

Prefab Shed by Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth, Finland

The Finnish designer collaborated with Helsinki-based Avanto Architects for two years to perfect the compact unit—now available for purchase from outdoor brand Kekkilä—which artfully merges shed and greenhouse into one wood-framed, gabled-roof, glass-walled structure.

“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.” Photo  of Sourcing Guide for Modern Prefab Companies in Europe modern home

“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.”