One thing you don’t want to do, if you’re interested in buying a prefab home, is pay some company to design something only to find out you can’t afford it in the first place. Or, as mentioned in a recent NY Times article about prefab kit homes, you definitely don’t want to get into the build without a clear vision of the total costs to complete the home. It’s mission critical that the prefab buying process be entirely transparent.
This is an inventive design for a shelf/storage solution that fits the occasion. Called BrickBox, the modular system is designed and manufactured in Barcelona by Antxon Salvador and Roger Zanni. BrickBox can be used for storage — assemble and stack — or transport — pack and grab a handle — and comes in two sizes: 10.6″ x 10.6″ x 14.2″ (small) and 21.3″ x 10.6″ x 14.2″ (large). Fair Companies featured the design in a recent video, which could help propel the company outside of Europe and into the U.S. BrickBox is searching for an American distributor right now. Pricing is between ~$40 – $60 per box.
Lisa Vail is one of the contributors here at Jetson Green, and I really love her point of view, which you can read here, but she’s also very involved in various renovation projects and most recently her own green home. It’s a contemporary stunner and a Hansgrohe showcase house. If you’re in the Atlanta area, the Vail Residence will be on the AIA/Modern Atlanta Home Tour this June 9-10, 2012, but here’s an early preview.
The concept of using off-site fabricated modules for core elements of a home is not necessarily new. In fact, most recently Proto Homes introduced a hybrid-prefab system with the Proto Core, which is a chase for mechanical, plumbing, and electrical. It’s also being used in the form of “wet-cores” for The House of the Immediate Future with Habitat for Humanity (Seattle/South King County) at the Seattle Center.
Broom is another chair made by Emeco and Philippe Starck, but this one isn’t made with aluminum. As explained by Starck: “Imagine … a guy who takes a humble broom and starts to clean the workshop, and with this dust he makes new magic.” In this case, the dust is discarded industrial material — 75% reclaimed polypropylene, 15% reclaimed wood fiber, and 10% glass fiber — and the magic is a stackable chair.
There’s something about the traditional yet contemporary “house-shaped” form of this design that just resonates with me. The home was designed by an Alberta-based studio called Bioi pursuant to the owner’s request for something simple, contemporary, and energy efficient with a build cost of less than $100,000. It turns out, Warburg House received the highest EnerGuide rating available without generating its own energy, according to featured project information at Architizer.