the way we live

prefab showhouse


yesterday i found another incredibly beautiful prefab.  the showhouse, designed by jennifer siegal and the office of mobile design, is located in venice, california.  coincidentally, jennifer was part of a panel discussion on creating a sustainable future at the last day of the symposium c6 conference here in chicago, the panel also included bruce mau, natalie jeremijenko, and lucy orta.  regardless, the showhouse is a brilliant example of prefab done right.  nothing in ms. siegal’s design gives the structure that kit-of-parts/off-the-shelf feeling that many other prefabs suffer from.


the best part, however, is the use of sustainable materials and and systems throughout the house.  included are radiant heated ceiling panels, tankless water heaters, and translucent polycarbonate wall sheets.  additionally, the house makes use of bamboo, coconut palm, and kirei board flooring.  the office of mobile design has prefabs starting at around $240/square foot, which means their prefabs won’t break the bank either.  for me though, the warm palette of colors and materials that is used so seemlessly throughout the house as a result of some wonderful detailing really makes this house come alive.  i’m always a fan of luminous translucent materials like the polycarbonate wall panels employeed on one facade.  simply put this is a subtlety gorgeous prefab.


29 April 2007 - Posted by | architecture, green, prefab

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