Prefab homes have always been a part of the Dwell DNA. Here you will find prefab homes published in dwell magazine as well as great prefab home ideas. Prefabricated means either panelized, modular, or kit homes. Prefab architecture works for both remote sites and dense urban spaces. Modular homes are popular but can be the most expensive to customize. It is best to change as little as possible when buying prefab. Possible advantages of pre fab include lower cost, higher degree of precision, and less construction waste.

A $4000 Prefab Prototype in Vietnam
A compact Vietnamese prefab housing prototype features local materials.
A Modern Multiunit Prefab Prototype in Vancouver
A Vancouver architect maxes out a commercial lot to create a multiunit prefab tower that takes smart urban planning as seriously...
Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype
Claesson Koivisto Rune introduces its second iteration of the prefab home, combining time-honored Scandinavian touches with the...
This Prefab Cabin Offers an Affordable Answer to Island Construction
A cost-effective modular retreat embraces the landscape on a Lake Superior island in Wisconsin.
Alluring Meets Affordable With These 5 Chicago Prefabs
Despite its compact urban setting, prefab homes are becoming increasingly favored in Chicago, Illinois.
7 Affordable Prefab Homes and Other Alternative, Inexpensive Home Options
Nowadays, innovators in the world of prefab and kit home design have continued to push the boundaries on what they can do—their...
Circular Affordable Housing Prototype
Inside the shell of the Oyster House prototype lies a new shape for affordable housing.
Kanye West Is Building Affordable, Star Wars-Inspired Prefabs For the Homeless
Drawing inspiration from a galaxy far, far away, Yeezy is building affordable prefabs that emulate Luke Skywalker's childhood...
This Affordable Prefab in Spain Only Took 5 Hours to Assemble
Built for $148,500, Casa Montaña was manufactured in a Madrid factory before being assembled in a mountainous, coastal region in...
Locally-Sourced Prefab Prototype in Scotland
A new prefab prototype on a Scottish island demonstrates a smart—and superlocal—approach to building in far-flung locations.
A Prefab Prototype for Disaster-Relief Housing
How Superstorm Sandy helped inspire a Brooklyn prototype for more efficient temporary housing after a natural disaster.
Kanye West’s Star Wars-Inspired Prefab Home Prototypes May Get Torn Down
‘Ye’s vision of affordable dome homes for the masses hits a major road block.
Vibrant Affordable Housing Prototypes in Los Angeles
Lehrer Architects develops a new model for affordable housing in Los Angeles.
A Concrete Home in Vietnam Is Topped With Trees
With greenery dwindling in urban areas, an architecture firm in Ho Chi Minh City designs a home to bring nature back to the...
An Affordable Modern Home in Atlanta
On a sloped creekside site in Atlanta, Georgia, architect Staffan Svenson elevates humble materials and basic geometries to craft...
An Affordable Duplex Transformation in Texas
Affordable gestures abound in this transformation of a dilapidated former duplex in the Texas Hill Country.
This Curving Prefab Building in Copenhagen Contains 66 Affordable Apartments
Danish architecture practice Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) creates a prefab, low-income apartment building in Copenhagen that’s...
A Family’s Cramped Bungalow Is Replaced With an Accessible and Affordable Prefab
In Santa Monica, a couple go all in on a prefab home that’s flexible and accessible and unabashedly part of their neighborhood.
Prefab, Proven
In January 2003, we issued a challenge to 16 architects: Design a modern prefab home for $200,000.
Prefab for Humanity
In inner-city Baltimore, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake paves a path to affordable prefab.