The Demand For Housing Continues To Outstrip Supply.

The Latest Insights Into Elegant Solutions For Prefab Homes

As the demand for housing continues to outstrip supply, designers, architects , builders, local councils, charities and property developers are racing to produce prefabricated homes that can be constructed at a fraction of the cost of conventional buildings – and the best come with some serious style.

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Prefab homes are back – in a good way. As the demand for housing continues to outstrip supply, designers, architects , builders, local councils, charities and property developers are racing to produce prefabricated homes that can be constructed at a fraction of the cost of conventional buildings – and the best come with some serious style. Prefabrication has a proud design history. The great Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel devised a military hospital as a kit of ready-made parts to be built in Turkey during the Crimean War. Some of the finest examples of modernist design were the prefabricated homes developed in response to the post-war housing crisis by designers such as Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand in France and Richard Buckminster Fuller in the US. So what’s their contemporary equivalent, the design archetype of the new prefab boom? The natty Muji hut, which goes on sale in Japan next spring for ¥3 million (around £20,000), is a possibility, but at just nine sq metres it’s too small. The best contender is the larger, more sophisticated Gapahuk, designed by Snohetta, the Norwegian architect firm behind Oslo’s opera house and the expanded San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art. Described by Snohetta as a “social cabin”, the Gapahuk (the Norwegian word for a simple wooden structure) occupies 100 sq metres and includes a living area, kitchen, bathroom and three bedrooms. Manufactured by Rindalshytter, its components are shipped to whichever mountainous, lakeside, wooded or coastal location its owners have chosen, to be assembled and fitted out in four months. Snohetta designed the Gapahuk to be made from wood and have a pitched roof angled to form a porch that accommodates solar panels .

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