Prefab Sustainable Cabin in West Texas

005 Exterior Cabin (Urs Peter Flueckiger)

Inspired by Thoreau with his Cabin and Le Corbusier with his Cabanon, an interdisciplinary group of students at Texas Tech University was able to construct this Sustainable Cabin in a design-build program headed by Urs Peter Flueckiger.  The off-grid cabin was fabricated in a warehouse and is now stationed west of Wichita Falls, where it is being used as a laboratory for students to study sustainable design principles. 

Sustainable Cabin, as shown in the embedded video, presents several architectural solutions to ecological issues relating to water use, energy production, and resource consumption — i.e., water harvesting, composting, natural ventilation, and solar power. 

The green prefab was built with a reclaimed double-wide chassis, composting toilet, battery for energy storage, solar panels, cedar exterior, corrugated iron exterior, recycled denim insulation, bamboo flooring, and energy-efficient Morso stove

Urs Peter Flueckiger, associate professor at the Texas Tech University College of Architecture, told us in an email that the total cost per square foot is under calculation.  He added that the program was supported by various grants and material donations, which allowed for the renting of a warehouse to prefabricate the dwelling. 


100_interior (Urs Peter Flueckiger)

003 Interior (Urs Peter Flueckiger)

Integrated Wall Art

128_south_east_facade_det (Urs Peter Flueckiger)

006 Exterior (Urs Peter Flueckiger)

[+] More info on Sustainable Cabin Design Build Project

Credits: Urs Peter Flueckiger; noticed at MoCo Loco.

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  • Claudia

    Looks great! My only comment is that I’m surprised they used a wood stove, instead of building a Mother Earth heat grabber or some other solar heating system for warmth, because they’re really easy and cheap to build.

  • Marimomcat

    I LOVE IT! Striking, both inside and out…I could not make this work, due to mobility issues, but whatta beautiful place to write and dream!

  • Victoria-Ozarks Crescent Mural

    I really like this. I don’t often see designs I like as much. Great job! I found you via Tiny House Designs and it’ll be nice to see the posts here too.

  • Fox_islander

    Nice. Very simple and elegant.

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