Daniel Libeskind Enters the Prefab Fray


A couple months back, I read an article about Daniel Libeskind's prefab plans, and today, the NY Times broke the story wide open.  In Libeskind Designs a Prefab Home, the Gray Lady gives us a glimpse of The Villa, which is part of Daniel Libeskind's Signature Series of private homes.  There's a prototype of The Villa currently under construction in Datteln, Germany, which should be completed this summer.  And like a limited production set of artwork, The Villa will be offered in regionally exclusive neighborhoods all over the world.  For the right price …


The Villa is a whopping 515 square meters (or 5543 square feet), which includes an open kitchen and grand central room, four bedrooms, multiple bathrooms, family room, office, and multi-purpose basement rooms.  It'll be constructed in a German factory with the collaboration of proportion GmbH using wood, zinc, and aluminum parts.  After prefabrication, the parts will be put together on site while the owner's custom features will be built into the home (see assembly above). 


The price?  Two to three million Euros with shipping within Europe, or converted today (€1-$1.38), approximately $2.76 – $4.14 million.  Stated otherwise, my BOE calculation pegs the price at $498 – $747 per square foot. 

Libeskind's website for The Villa indicates that the home "meets the highest standards in design, craftmanship, and sustainability."  You may wonder how such a large home could ever be considered "sustainable," and Libeskind might just answer that the home is not only super efficient, but it's memorable and built to last a long time. 

The exterior insulation is on par with that of the Passive House standard.  Additionally, the home features building-integrated solar thermal, thin film photovoltaics, geothermal with a high-efficiency heat pump, and rooftop rainwater harvesting for use in garden irrigation.  It's seriously a low-energy, if not net zero energy, home. 




[+] The Villa Website
[+] Studio Daniel Libeskind – The Villa

Image credits: Screen ID and Studio Daniel Libeskind.

  • Bob

    Shipping materials to Germany to build a house and then shipping the house in a large crate to somewhere else across the world is wasteful. So how is this sopposed to be an eco-friendly design.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Check the last paragraph for some green elements (i.e., super efficient envelope, solar thermal, solar, geothermal, durable materials, etc.). We’re not saying it’s completely without environmental impact, but this is an interesting development of the prefab model.

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Real Estate

    Very interesting home. I am not sold on the look of the outside, is that important to the overall efficiency somehow? I really like the look of the inside though, everything is new and unique and very very open feeling. Great post.

  • Anonymous

    This is a really good idea but that’s an expensive pre-fab home. I guess it’s worth it if you know it performs like a environmental champion. How much would it cost to start making those in the states?

  • http://www.merteninc.com robbieross

    Looks like he drew from his inspiration for the Denver Art Museum. Too bad affordable prefab housing wasn’t a goal on this one….still great to see the sustainable elements included.

  • Jmeder

    Does anyone else think Libeskind’s work is getting more than a little bit tired? Are we still impressed with his fragments and slits? Certainly someone of his ‘talent’ should be able to do something more than regurgitate his old design ideas in miniature. This is not innovative anymore…come on D.L. impress me.

    “Looks like he drew from his inspiration for the Denver Art Museum”
    …HA! you think?! and the Jewish Museum…etc. etc.

    Sorry to be so cynical but come on…

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