Prefab Goes High End

by New York Times

Revolution Precrafted Properties is a company that aims to deliver “bespoke, collectible architecture” — small houses and pavilions — designed by big-ticket names within a few months of an order, anywhere in the world. The British industrial designer Tom Dixon created modules from a simple kit of parts — extruded aluminum frames that fit together like Lincoln Logs, panels of different materials depending on where the house might be built — that could be assembled easily by anyone in any location.

The Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana made a bamboo pavilion that is just under 60 square feet.

Daniel Libeskind imagined a biomorphic moon pavilion, a place, he said, “to contemplate the sky.” He envisions it being printed from a 3-D printer of some composite material, possibly fiberglass. Its size is flexible, he added. “It could be adapted from a pavilion to a working house, but right now it’s being planned for under 100 square meters,” or about 1,000 square feet.

This spherical greenhouse pavilion was designed by Sou Fujimoto of a material yet to be determined, though the architect did propose that inside, seats for people would perform double duty as pots for plants.

Gluckman Tang’s art pavilion is made from lacquered wood and translucent polycarbonate and will be offered in a range of colors. At just under 350 square feet, it can house a few artworks and several people. Or you might use it as a work studio or meditation space.

Eden is what Marcel Wanders, the Dutch designer, has called his house, which looks particularly Wanderesque because of the synthetic textile-clad columns. There’s a 645-square-foot one-bedroom model, with a deck that’s over 1,000 square feet; the two bedroom is under 1,000 square feet, with a nearly 1,200-square-foot deck.

Marmol Radziner, the California-based modernist architectural firm, has long been experimenting with prefab, having made 15 or 16 houses in their own shop, after Dwell magazine invited them to design a prefabricated house over a decade ago. For Revolution, said Ron Radziner, they presented a straightforward design modeled on projects they’ve already done with metal panels, aluminum doors and windows and timber floors. The basic one bedroom is just over 500 square feet; a two bedroom is over 1,000 square feet. This house comes furnished, with interiors by Kravitz Design

Ron Arad’s Armadillo tea pavilion is made from coated timber shells for outdoor use, and oiled hardwood, for indoor use. The basic configuration of five shells is just under 200 square feet.

The artist David Salle partnered with Aldo Andreoli, a principal of AA Studio in Brooklyn, to design a series of 12-by-24-foot modules with metal panels etched with work by Mr. Salle, a tilted roof for solar panels, a rain collection system and other energy-efficient designs.





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