ClearSpace Keeps Prefab Simple in Austin

Austin-based ClearSpace Homes has been around for several years, but recently I noticed the founder, Hayden Lindley, was working on some new designs.  One of those is the 504-square-foot efficiency unit, pictured, which is finished on the outside with lap siding and cement board.  Lindley is noodling this prefab design and others and wants to produce some new in-house plans with an accurate ballpark cost attached.


By |July 13th, 2012|Modern architecture, Prefab|1 Comment

Bright Cargo Container Casa in Chile

This bright orange home was made with two 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers in Santiago, Chile.  Due to our publication of various shipping container homes, the architect, Rubén Rivera Peede, shared Liray House with Jetson Green recently, and you’ll find more vibrant photos and a floor plan below.


By |July 11th, 2012|Container Design, Modern architecture|7 Comments

Five-Star Luxe Container Hotel in China

Halfway across the globe in a rural village outside of Changzhi in China, a developer was inspired by emergency housing made with shipping containers in Japan and decided to build a five-star hotel out of them, according to CNN Go.  The hotel — 香箱乡祈福所, which apparently translates as Xiang Xiang Xiang Pray House — was built with 35 new containers and includes 21 tiny, luxe guest rooms of either 161 or 321 square feet each.


By |July 10th, 2012|Container Design, Hotel|10 Comments

Bespoke Green Railing by BOK Modern

In the midst of an effort to reduce costs associated with standard pipe railing on a multifamily project, the founders of BŌK Modern happened upon innovation.  Their epiphany came when they decided to use laser-cut flat metal formed using computer-automated machines (to reduce welding, grinding, and other unnecessary hand labor).  Some of the panels were on display at the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference, and editor Dan Gregory said they were “striking.


By |July 9th, 2012|Materials, Modern design, Recycled|2 Comments

JUSTLED Intros Loop Nature LED Bulb

When Hulger launched a designer CFL called the Plumen, most of the design world went crazy for the product.  So perhaps it will be with the new Nature LED bulb by JUSTLED.  The bulb was on display at Dwell on Design, to the excitement of certain design blogs, and presents what could be the best way to go naked (or exposed) with a LED light bulb.


By |July 6th, 2012|Modern design, Technology|2 Comments

CaliMini Solo Prefab at Dwell on Design

HMK Prefab Homes, in conjunction with Sustain Design Studios, debuted a new miniHome design called the CaliMini Solo 1 at the recent Dwell on Design conference in Los Angeles.  The pictures and exterior staging don’t appear to do justice to the ever-popular miniHome, but the below video of the Solo provides a better impression, I think.  This design, unlike the chassis-based designs we’ve seen from Sustain, is built to the modular code and includes a 616-square-foot interior, 140-square-foot loft, and a 140-square-foot deck.


By |July 4th, 2012|Modern architecture, Prefab|0 Comments