Tiny Tubular Hotel Built in Three Months

This place was inspired by Dasparkhotel, an innovative hotel in Austria built with recycled concrete tubular rooms.  Pictures of the place have been floating around the internet in the last few weeks.  It’s called TuboHotel, and it’s located 45 minutes south of Mexico City.  Each TuboHotel room includes a queen bed, desk light, fan, and under-bed storage.

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By |July 14th, 2011|Hotel, Prefab|8 Comments

Efficient Modern Studio in the Woods

This tiny modern studio is sited on a woodsy lot in Slough, UK. It was designed and built by in.it studios and has about 400 square feet (37 square meters) with a lounge, bedroom, and bathroom. The company told us in an email that they prefabricated the studio with a high-performance wall, roof, and floor assembly and an exterior of cedar cladding.

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By |July 6th, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|3 Comments

Solar-Powered Shed for a Colorado Artist

Gail Siegel is a full-time jeweler specializing in precious metals.  She uses fire in her work and needed some extra space to do.  After weighing the various options — renting a space, buying a larger home, building a backyard shed — she decided to install a Studio Shed with solar power from Denver-based SolSource.

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By |July 4th, 2011|Prefab|1 Comment

Dwell Show Prefab to be Sold on eBay

This is the Modern Living Showhouse on display at Dwell on Design 2011.  The green prefab was designed by Jonathan Davis of pieceHomes, built by OneBuild Inc., and styled by Zem Joaquin and ecofabulous.  With 520 square feet, the dwelling is spacious enough to include a kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom.  See the interior photos below with a description of green materials and technologies included in the showcase.

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By |July 1st, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|8 Comments

Cedar-Slat Tiny Sunset Cabin on the Lake

Sunset Cabin is a 275-square foot lake retreat that’s camouflaged with a green roof and cedar-slat facade.  Though completed in 2004, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the construction details perhaps for the benefit of others thinking about building something similar.  The cabin, located in Southern Ontario, Canada, was designed by Taylor Smyth Architects and built by Brothers Dressler with Yaan Poldaas.

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By |June 29th, 2011|Green Roof, Prefab|7 Comments

Efficient Prefab Finished in Yucca Valley

The Graham Residence, a desert prefab that we previewed last February, is now complete.  The Blue Sky Homes project is located in Yucca Valley and was designed by o2 Architecture.  Solterra Development was the general contractor and completed the kit home with a galvanized, light-gauge steel frame and several energy-efficient elements.

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By |June 21st, 2011|Modern architecture, Prefab|3 Comments