Well, if you didn’t have a reason to visit Las Vegas in January 2009, maybe we could give you one now. Builder is teaming up with LivingHomes and KieranTimberlake to place this beautiful, green prefab on the exhibit floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the International Builders’ Show (IBS) 2009. The modern 2000 sf prefab will be built with steel-wood modules and an abundant list of sustainable materials. Its ostensible purpose, I believe, is to show the industry that modular construction can be financially accessible, sustainable, and optimal for eliminating construction waste and debris.
Check out these modern green town homes being developed by Yolande Nicholson called Nzinga Town Homes. Designed by Garrison Architects (the same firm that brought you the Tread Lightly House), each Nzinga Town Home residence consists of 2900 total square feet with 2000 sf of living space and 900 sf for a separate apartment space. The homes are open, airy, and abundant with natural light, but if you’re looking for a little privacy, the vertical trellis work seems just right for a green wall and some natural shading.
You’ve probably heard about Marmol Radziner Prefab‘s latest single-module offering called the RINCON, right? RINCON is the moniker for their latest modular series, a line of homes that can double as a small prefab dwelling or ancillary living structure, you name it. The name is inspired by the Spanish word for "nook" — an apt description for this little accessory structure. The largest model in the series is RINCON 5, and it’s a 660 sf model with full kitchen, living room, bedroom, and deck area.
We’re giving a copy of this book away to one lucky commenter below, so make sure to say something before midnight on Friday, November 14, 2008.*
If you’re a prefab enthusiast or in any way interested in portable architecture, you should read More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today. More Mobile is an expansion of the ideas presented in the original book called Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture. Both were edited by the venerable and very popular Jennifer Siegal, founder of Office of Mobile Design, and I suggest you sit down and take some time to enjoy this second iteration.
We’re going to be on the scene at Greenbuild this year, are you? If you are, get ready for Project FROG‘s “FROG Zero” classroom, which will be on display as part of the “School of the Future, Today” demonstration. The 1,282 sf structure is the company’s new, zero-energy building that’s intended to raise the bar for green classrooms. Project FROG, an acronym for Flexible Response to Ongoing Growth, manufactures high performance, modular, green building systems that are rapid to deploy, affordable, and sustainable. Units can be purchased as individual classrooms or in combination to create campuses. The one on display at Greenbuild will include some of the following eco-friendly features: