Incorporating a Trombe Wall into a house is one of the most efficient ways to capture the heat of the sun. They work in the mildest to the most severe of climates. Basically, sunlight strikes the wall through a window, and the Trombe Wall heats up, causing warm air to flow into a room.
Andrew Maynard‘s Holl House starts off as a vertical column, then unlocks into a horizontal network of hinged structures. “How can the housing industry make exciting, well designed and cheap housing?” Maynard asks. “Easy, mimic the car industry.” “The dimensions of the basic module are dictated by the maximum dimensions available to be transported legally… [Continue Reading]
Inhabitat reports on the iT House — a prefabricated housing system that uses glass and aluminum frames as its basis. Created by Bosch, the house is only 1000 square feet, and is designed to be constructed in 8 weeks. It makes use of radiant heat flooring and solar panels on the roof. Homeowners can customize… [Continue Reading]
Living Box is a site that has a nice cross-section of prefabricated homes. The examples seen there are actually intended to inspire entries in a design competition. Prefab homes are appealing to us, due to their compact lightness and modern architecture. Another compelling factor should be the price, but designers have not full realized this… [Continue Reading]
Lukas Lang Architecture Technology is based on a modular component system, which allows the customer to plan and modify buildings of different shapes and sizes. The pre-fabricated wood components and other elements fit together in different configurations to construct everything from housing complexes to simple water gazebos. Lukas Lang Architecture Technology
This modern prefab cabin, called the BlueSky MOD, is one of a few examples of affordable green modular homes currently available today (see these books for more examples). It was designed by Todd Saunders, an architect born and trained in Canada and currently working in Norway. The company that sells the homes, also called BlueSky… [Continue Reading]
Inhabitat recently featured a selection of intriguing water dwellings, including this design by Koen Olthuis in the Netherlands where land for building is increasingly scarce.
Enertia builds houses with solid, engineered wall segments in place of siding, framing and insulation. The houses are designed so that an envelope of air runs around the building, just inside the walls, creating a miniature biosphere. Solid wood buildings, common in Europe and Scandinavia, are not seen much in America, except for log homes.