According to the Miami Herald, architect Andrés Duany has created a temporary house — referred to as the "core-house" — that can be made of a strong, composite material and flat pack shipped to Haiti. The prefab houses sleep eight, if arranged with the bunk beds, and can expand with additional core units. Duany believes they could be built affordably in order to provide a temporary shelter from the elements and rain.
A few weeks ago, we told you Nationwide Homes was preparing a 523-square-foot home called The Osprey for IBS 2010. Timothy Dahl of Charles & Hudson was on the scene and snapped a few photos amidst the hordes of industry professionals. Like Clayton Homes' i-House, the Osprey is a small, green modular home designed for flexibility. It can be used as a small home, home office, retreat, casita, or in-law apartment.
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Two years ago, the zeroHouse hit the internet like a tornado. Now, Specht Harpman, the firm that designed the off-grid, modular, tiny house, is looking for a "visionary" to finance the construction of the prototype at something in the range of $300,000 to $350,000. The good news comes from the American-Statesman, which recently reported that the design is "shovel-ready."
Across the pond, a company called OfficePOD aims to change the way people work. The company provides pod-like office cubes to companies and individuals to facilitate flexible home/work arrangements. For the price of £14,950 ($24,400) plus installation and VAT, the company will set up the OfficePOD in about a day. The lead time for installation is less than 12 weeks, and lease options are available as well.
I imagine you've heard the news this week from LivingHomes' headquarters in Santa Monica. All LivingHomes, whether designed by Ray Kappe or KieranTimberlake, are now available throughout most of the United States. In addition, the company — a pioneer in green prefab — announced a new prefab home model designed by Ray Kappe and wood-frame construction on all Kappe LivingHomes.