XBO is a tiny project, prefabricated in 2004, that’s been floating around the internet lately as a result of being featured on Architizer. It was designed by 70°N arkitektur and built by Senja Elementer AS as an experimental abode for 2 young people on the move. The 388 square-foot (36 m2) home in Tromsø, Norway has two movable parts with just the basics — living areas, a garden terrace, a kitchenette, and a bathroom — ready to be lifted on to a container en route to the next destination.
Minnesota-based Alchemy Architects, the firm behind the weeHouse, tells us they have a unique opportunity for someone interested in owning a custom, modern prefab. They have two weeHouses that have been framed and unfinished on the West Coast and a third that is pre-owned and for sale in Wisconsin. Check out some details below or visit weeHouse for more information on these tiny, eco-friendly prefab structures.
New Avenue Homes, builder of a popular NZE tiny house in Berkeley, has a new Clean Tech Exhibit home on display in San Jose. The home has a living room, kitchenette, bedroom, bathroom, storage, and all sorts of green technology and sustainable materials. New Avenue prefabricated the structure and estimates that a home of this size costs about $70,000 to build and permit, not including upgrades or special circumstances.
California-based Modwalls now has ModRocks in stock. The product is made with 100% post-consumer recycled glass on a mesh backing. A single interlocking sheet (12″ x 12″) has ~1024 pebbles, each with a diameter of ~0.39 inches. The pebbles come from crushed consumer bottles (no melting required), and ModRocks can be used in residential or commercial applications in both wet and dry areas. One sheet is $25.95.
This is the Vancouver Airport Home, or the Hotchkiss Residence, located along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. It was designed by Rick Berry of Scott Edwards Architecture and built by Hammer & Hand for retired couple in need of a single-level, one-bedroom abode. The owners have lived on the site for 40 years and the existing structure was recycled prior to building this one.
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: