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.

The home was designed by The Miller Hull Partnership and the wall panels will be built by volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.

Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems will be finished in two modules fabricated by Method Homes to be delivered to the Seattle Center today.

This method of construction keeps costs down and also ensures that the more complicated aspects of the design (i.e., systems placed in the wet-cores) can be completed by experienced professionals in controlled, off-site conditions.

House of the Immediate Future has two levels, four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 1,400 square feet.  After the conclusion of The Next 50 exhibit at the Seattle Center, the home will be relocated to a Rainier Vista development by Dwell Development that includes three other homes.

Credits: The Miller Hull Partnership (#1, 3); Method Homes (#2).