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Simple Prefab Elegance in Üsslingen Switzerland Home

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Constructed of prefabricated timber on a foundation basement of pre-cast concrete, this 300 square meter single family home integrates the topographical setting of a hillside slope on the edge of a quaint Swiss village in the Kanton Thurgau.

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Melbourne Festival to Feature Shipping Container Display in Urban Coffee Farm

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Young members of the HASSELL design firm have partnered with the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival to bring the story of coffee production to the Red Stairs public amphitheater on the banks of the River Yarra in Queensbridge Square. The Australian festival, which runs from March 1 to 17, 2013, is celebrating its twentieth year of annual and year-round events that spotlight local food and beverage venues, as well as local agriculture and outdoor markets.

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Shipping Container Inspired Sauna is Prefab Relaxation in a Box

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Yet another creative manifestation of the shipping container, the Sauna Box from Castor is entirely self-sufficient, getting its electric power from solar panels and heat from a wood-fired stove for sustainability. An insulated 96” cube of sculptural corten steel (it is not a true shipping container), the water-tight Sauna Box is a custom-built prefab structure, can be shipped anywhere, and requires very little in the way of site preparation.

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Bamboo Houses Float on Oil Drums to Protect Inhabitants During a Flood

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Every inch of land on the planet has climate factors that present challenges when it comes to building a safe home. H&P Architects hopes to alleviate the displacement of housing due to nature’s course, particularly the extensive loss of homes due to flooding in Southeast Asia. The Vietnamese design firm has created a disaster-resistant housing prototype that actually floats atop a base of oil drums when water levels get too high.

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Cantilevered Home Provides Extravagant Coastal Views in Nova Scotia

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This cantilevered two-hull house by MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects was designed for a family of four living in Nova Scotia. The steel-framed structure features a wooden exterior, and a geothermal in-floor hydronic system and extensive, high quality glazing that provides dramatic amounts of natural lighting and gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape.

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FabCab’s Versatile 550 Square Foot Design

We’ve talked before about some of the stylish designs from FabCab, and today’s post is the first of three that will outline some of the newer, more versatile home designs. All FabCab home packages are pre-cut and ready to ship to most building sites, offering an easy way to get started on the low impact cottage of your dreams.

The first model is only 550 square feet, and one of the most versatile designs available. In most jurisdictions, this size fits within backyard cottage/accessory dwelling unit requirements, making it perfect to use as a small hunting cabin, guest bedroom, or cozy work studio.

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