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modular, modernist... say what?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here we drift a little off topic and present a range of prefab or kit structures that fall outside of the "modernist dwelling" focus of fabprefab.
Why are we including these projects? Certainly our goal is not to convince people to swap from buying a Miesian pavilion to buying a Yurt.

However these projects employ prefabrication methodologies to varying degrees and many have been commercially available for decades. Vendors have developed successful business models by selling kit/DIY/prefab dwellings to groups who have interests outside of the mainstream. Maybe some useful lessons can be learned from their experiences.
The list is not intended to be exhaustive in scale - merely representational of the scope of products available. Some structures resemble "traditional" domestic architecture while others are somewhat more radical in form (and yes we probably have too many Yurt listings...).

Icosa Village Pods

After much deliberating we have decided that The Pod should not be featured in the fablist because it is not designed to be a permanent structure.
Icosa Village Pods do not face some of the building code constraints that other permanent structures do. We're not questioning their Modernist credentials.
We feel that The Icosa Village Pods are unique enough to warrant their own space here on the otherfab page.
The web site offers extensive product information.

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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of February 2004
Icosa Village Pods
Sanford Ponder of Icosa Village, Inc.
Duvall, WA.
USA

4-season, 5-year Pods suitable for consumer & humanitarian applications currently available for purchase.

Little House
This project was another challenge for us to place at fabprefab. After deliberating, we have chosen otherfab as the home because
a) we feel it might be too small to be called a dwelling b) we're just not sure about that front door.

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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of February 2004
Little House
Thomas Stevens, Consortium Design Group
Detroit,
Michigan,
USA

64sf. unit available, expandable pre-fab system in cedar siding, vintage reclaimed materials, heat, air, pre-wired for Internet, phone/fax, electric. $16,000

Prefab homes of somewhat 'traditional' form.

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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of February 2004
Numerous
models
Interhabs:
James Snell and
Bill Forsyth et al
Halifax,
Nova Scotia
Canada
Hundreds of homes built over several decades.
Lewis Builders Kit Homes
Lewis Builders Ltd
Isle of Lewis,
Scotland
Several constructed examples.
Timber Frame
Kit Homes
 Galloway Timbers (Manufacturing) Ltd

Stranraer,
Scotland

Unknown
 
Vistet
Anders Landström and Thomas Sandell
Stockholm,
Sweden
Prototype built in 1999.
Custom prefab/
modular homes
Five Oaks Homes
Penrose, CO, USA
3600 square feet
modular home:
assembled, disassembled,
shipped to site
and reassembled.

Emergency/Transitional Housing

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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of February 2004
Transitional Kit House
Duffy & Batt
with Barbara Beyer
Edinburgh,
Scotland
Conceptual.
 
'Knockabout Walkabout'
 Peter Myers
 Sydney,
Australia
Unclear.
Prototype due end of 2001
World Homes
World Homes Inc.
multiple - see web site
available for purchase
see also Icosa Village Pods

Barn Houses, Ecological Houses and Log Homes

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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer
Location
Status as of February 2004
 
Various Barn kits
Barn depot  
Lancaster, MA
USA  
Barn kits for sale
Ecological Kit House
Gale & Snowden
Bideford, North Devon,
UK
Unknown
 
Various Barn kits
Farmer Jones Barns
Shandaken, NY
USA
Barn kits for sale
Shelter Kit
Barn Houses
Shelter Kit Products
Tilton,
New Hampshire, USA
Barns sold for almost 30 years.
 
Various log home kits
B&H Cedar Log Homes
Fredericksburg, VA
USA
Log home kits for sale

Geodesic Domes
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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer
Location
Status as of February 2004
Various
Domes
Albata Geodesics
Jemison, Alabama, USA
Dome kits for sale
Various
Domes
American Ingenuity Inc.
Rockledge, Florida, USA
Dome kits for sale
Various
Domes
Pacific Domes
Ashland, Oregon
USA
Domes sold for over 20 years.

Quanset Huts

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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of February 2004
RAL Homes
RAL Homes
 Ararat,
Victoria, Australia
100+ "Quonset style"
projects completed
or in progress

Yurts

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Link
Project name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of February 2004
Yurts, Domes
Albion canvas
Staverton
Totnes
Devon, UK
Yurts and Domes for sale
Various Yurts
Bruton Yurt Company: Jonathan & Caroline Morriss
Bruton
Somerset, UK
Yurts for sale.
Various Yurt models
Pacific Yurts
Cottage Grove, Oregon
USA
Thousands of yurts sold over 20+ years.
Various Yurt models
Woodland Yurts
Clevedon,
North Somerset,
UK
Yurts for sale since 1991
Yome: part Yurt part Dome
Red Sky Shelters:
Peter Belt
Asheville, NC,
USA
Yomes for sale
Various Yurt models
Yurtco
Burnaby, BC.
Canada
Yep you guessed it. Yurtco sells yurts.
Various Yurt models
Vital Design
Talmage, California, USA
Sell yurts directly and license designs internationally.

 

 

 

 

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