With the growing popularity of modular construction, more countries, including Australia, are using this method to build structures. While many carry the notion of prefabricated architecture offering limited design possibilities, with clever design, prefabricated architecture can be sophisticated, efficient, and highly livable.
Here are some examples of prefabricated architecture that we think would serve as good inspiration.
Hobbit House by Green Magic Homes
Green Magic Homes has created prefabricated homes that look straight out of a Tolkien story. Made from prefabricated vaulted panels, the flexible modular homes connect together without any need for special skills or heavy equipment, making them easy to construct. These homes are environmentally friendly as well, as they can be covered with soil and geotextiles to grow a living green roof.
The Modular One is an example of beautiful prefabricated architecture. This is an award-winning prefabricated home comprising 13 energy-efficient modules. The home was designed to be flexible, affordable, and efficient, with a design that allows for the free entry of natural light. Brightly coloured walls and clean lines complete this home's clean and modern look.
Cocoon9 has created a series of modular houses that are designed to meet the demand for efficiency and luxury in prefabricated architecture. The Cocoon Cabin has one bedroom, and like the other houses in the design series, is made of steel and can reportedly withstand winds of up to 240 kilometres per hour. Exterior cladding is available in wood, stone or metal. While largely marketed as a home, the Cocoon Cabin can be used for other purposes, such as a guest cottage, pool house, home office, artist or yoga studio, or as a second home in a city or rural setting.
This low-cost home was designed to suit a growing family. The 136-square-metre house has three wings that radiate out from an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space in the centre. Two wings contain a bedroom and bathroom each, and the third wing has a sunken living space that can be converted into a third bedroom.