Week’nder Prefab Concept on an Island

This is the Week’nder by Lazor Office, the architecture studio that brought us the FlatPak house. It was installed on Madeline Island last summer after a short ferry trip across Lake Superior.  The Week’nder includes extensive glass area and operable windows, sustainably harvested wood framing, steel and pine siding, galvanized steel roofing, and a compact footprint.  View more detail and photos below:

Week’nder was fabricated off-site to save waste and reduce the environmental impact associated with site construction.  The no-cut design, which conserves material and work, includes 2×6 framing and plywood sheets on concrete piers.

The structure was built off the ground to maintain the existing site; the site has water-permeable gravel in the driveway and irrigation-free native grasses everywhere else.

Lazor Office finished the exterior with a rough-sawn, knotty, stained pine — the hope is that it will look better over time, obviating the need for replacement.

Windows provide abundant lighting and passive cooling through cross ventilation.  This is all there is for cooling — there’s no AC — and warmth is provided by a wood-burning stove.  The appliances are all Energy Star and the toilets conserve water.

[+] More info on Lazor Office prefabricated homes.

Update: I edited this article to reflect that the home is by Lazor Office, the architecture studio behind the FlatPak house, and clarify other points and strategies. 

Credits: George Heinrich Photography


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  • http://twitter.com/CleanerUSA Clean USA

    Preston, we look forward to your articles everyday! You touch on the most latest in architectural eco-designs that is very innovative and impressive.  What we like the most is your high quality pictures that show clarity unlike any we have seen.  Please keep up the great work, as we post tweets on your article almost daily!
    Best Regards, CleanerUSA

  • http://twitter.com/getawaystyle Jennifer Knight

    Preston, we love your site as well and often post your articles on our FB page, including this one.  Thank you and please keep them coming!  Jennifer

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Thanks, this is a beautiful home!

  • Sea Wolf

    Love it. As you know, Preston, I sometimes chime in with critiques of items you’ve posted, but — make no mistake — I truly appreciate this site and everything you share on it. Thanks.

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Always enjoy your comments and perspective.  It’s helpful in maintain a standard in terms of our editorial and curation. 

  • M O Daby design

    Seems the comments for this post have been hijacked to give you kudos Preston…so let me say…Liking the site redesign…looks great…..
    And the Flatpack cabin is nice.  Like the “sleeping pods”.

    Cheers!

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      I guess it has.  Just kind of refreshed the look over the weekend but wasn’t really planning on saying anything because we’re still working on some things to come.

      Love the pods, too.  This home is a fascinating entry in the prefab market.  

  • http://profiles.google.com/jeluhu Serge Eluhu

    Every time I read your articles, I convince myself into building/getting one of those

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      I hope you’ll share the details with us if you do!

  • http://twitter.com/AGHbuilders AGHbuilders

    What an incredible home..Any idea on how long it took to put up on site?

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