Posts Tagged ‘inhabitat’

Meet ÖÖD, $50,000 Mirrored PreFab Installs in 8 hours

June 8th, 2017 Comments off

MirroredGlassPreFabOOD50kPreFabModularManufacturedHomeDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsPrefab goes in disguise with these sleek tiny dwellings from Estonian company ÖÖD. With mirrored glass facades—reminiscent of Portuguese prefabs inspired by minimalist artists—ÖÖD homes blend into their surroundings, appearing especially sublime in rural or natural landscapes,” crows Curbed.

Designboom sings, “ÖÖD promises that in eight hours anyone can build up their own pre-fabricated house or even start an accommodation business similar to AirBnB. The concept, born in Estonia, introduces the ÖÖD house / hotel room as a well-designed, mini dwelling offering a compact but comfortable 200 square feet space composed of a bed, kitchenette and bathroom.”


Treehugger trumpets, “Mirrored glass prefab from ÖÖD is an instant AirBnB.”

Meet ÖÖD, $50,000 Estonian Mirrored PreFab

The unit is designed to be a hotel room type of structure. With stylish mirrored glass, and iconic styling that oozes class, the units are a cool $250 per square foot, so no threat to HUD Code manufactured homes most aggressive price point.


Photo credits, Curbed, ÖÖD.

ÖÖD is another reminder, though, that the media croons over prefab, tiny houses and even pricey prefabs.  In a recent report, we noted that CNN favorably touted modular and prefab homes.


Photo credits, Curbed, ÖÖD.


Photo credits, Curbed, ÖÖD.

Some industry pros might wonder…where’s the love for manufactured homes?


Photo credits, Curbed, ÖÖD.

Love for the HUD Code’s manufactured homes is out there, increasingly, to be sure – as MHLivingNews routinely reports.  But there’s more downer stories than positive ones, a fact the industry’s professionals must routinely respond to as they arise.


Given the U.S. affordable housing crisis, the home above at about 1/5 of the cost per square foot of an OOD, this home and its value looks pretty amazing, doesn’t it?

But the hunger and thirst for stylish, affordable factory built homes is there for those in the HUD Code industry – and other parts of factory built housing – for all of those with the eyes to see. ##

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Belgian Prefab: Quick, Fast and Self-Sustaining

March 10th, 2017 Comments off

A SkilPod prefab home. Credit: Inhabitat.

Prefab housing appears to be getting even faster.

Skilpod, a Belgian construction company, has created the #150 Skilpod solar-powered model, a prefabricated home that can generate all its own energy and be set up in as little as half a day.

According to Inhabitat, the model was by UAU Collectiv, and is a zero-energy home constructed from cross-laminated timber.

It takes about 20 days in total to build in the factory.

The model is one of Skilpod’s largest single-unit models, with the smallest being about 30 square meters (98 feet). The homes are designed as social housing or group living projects targeted at single parent families, retirees, or first-time renters or buyers.

As with other prefab modulars, the units can be stacked to create larger homes, or apartment blocks.

Coming in at 280-square-meters (918 feet), the most recent #150 model home completed at the Skilpod factory was transported in three pieces to its final site for assembly.

The home is designed for solar optimization, including utilizing a special type of glass with a solar filter. The rooftop solar panels provide all of the electricity needed to power the home.


Prefab in progress at SkilPod Factory. Credit: Inhabitat.

Skilpod says that the home’s high insulation values and airtight design means that only a one-kilowatt electric heater would be needed to heat the home, which also includes a heat recovery system and an air-to-water electrical heat pump.

As Daily Business News readers are already aware, unique prefab homes continue their evolution around the world, including the case of the “styrofoam dome” prefab home in Japan.

The Japan Dome House Co., Ltd has come up with the design, which delivers a certain level of chic, and takes up less space than conventional home. There are already over 400 of the homes in the resort village in Kyushu, and Katsuyuki Kitagawa, owner of the Japanese firm  believes he can do more.


Katsuyuki Kitagawa. Credit: The Japan Times.

I’d like to change the way of farming,” said Kitagawa, citing that he believes all of the advantages over conventional homes are ideal.

I thought I’d be happy if I could scoop out the bean paste from a manju dumpling and live there.

The full story is linked here. ##


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Tiny Apartment Plugs into Framework, Moves to another City’s Framework

October 7th, 2015 Comments off

homes_that_plugg_into_framework__inhabitatInspired by his year-long stint living in a converted 33-square-foot dumpster to create a mobile and affordable solution to the housing crisis, “Professor Dumpster,” Jeff Wilson has devised a modular micro-apartment housing design that slots in and out of a metal apartment framework, and fits on a moving truck bed for easy transport.

homes_that_plug_into_framework__credit_inhabitatKasita is a 208 square-foot home that was created in collaboration with an industrial designer from Frog but still maintains a comfortable elegance and a livable footprint, maximizing every square inch of usable space. As inhabitat tells MHProNews, Wilson told the designer,I want you to design something more like an iPhone than a micro-apartment or a container.

A cantilevered glazed cube on one end funnels natural light into the sleek unit that incorporates smart home technology, transformational funishings and a patent-pending tile system that “allows for virtually infinite customizations and options for the home while maintaining order and function.

The first compact housing complex will go up in Austin in the spring of 2016, with plans to expand to Portland, OR and New York City. Instead of a labor intensive house search when desiring to relocate, the occupant can tap the app on a smartphone, and the Kasita can slide out of the 1,000 square-foot metal framework on to a flatbed truck, and plug in to a new framework in another city.

By utilizing small tracts of urban land that have been regarded as unusable, rents could be kept at half the rate of the going market. ##

(Image credit: inhabitat–modular apartments movable from city to city)

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Wooden Modular Structure Sleeps 12

March 10th, 2015 Comments off

inhabitat_modular_structue_northern_norway_salt__march_2015This 130 square-foot modular wood shelter, built as part of the Salt Siida Architectural Workshop in northern Norway, celebrates the history and culture of the indigenous peoples who have inhabited the Arctic for many centuries.

The structure takes its form from the fiskehjelle, fish rack, that has been used for hundreds of years to dry fish, a symbol of the livelihoods of the people of the north.

Each of the 15-foot tall modular structures sleeps 12 people involved in the project, and is made of 13 stacked boxes secured with bolts and straps. Ladders lead to the upper bunks, and an open central area has a warming fire, although a canvas top can be secured for more protection from the elements. There is no floor, according to what inhabitat tells MHProNews.

The festival will continue its journey around the Arctic Circle, with demonstrations of art, theatre, concerts, readings and foods of the northern peoples. After spending a year in Norway, travel will proceed through Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Alaska and Russia, completing its eight-year excursion. The modular structures will be disassembled and moved as part of the exhibit. ##

(Photo credit: inhabitat–wooden modular structure part of traveling exhibit)

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Modular Dwelling is Self Sufficient in Australian Outback

September 25th, 2014 Comments off

Australian_modular_by_Modscape__inhabitat_comThis off-the-grid modular retreat in Victoria, Australia is equipped with solar panels, a septic tank and rainwater cachement to minimize environmental impact.

Commissioned by a businessman who spends much of his time away, the 1,033 square-foot dwelling by modular builder Modscape is made to withstand extended periods of vacancy, requiring minimal and easy maintenance, according to inhabitat.

Set on the Murray River, the dwelling is wrapped in new zincalume topped by a layer of recycled zincalume. MHProNews has learned separately zincalume is an alloy combination of 45 percent zinc and 55 percent aluminum that reflects the heat of the sun in the summer, and retains generated heat in the winter for warmth. ##

(Editor’s Note, a U.S. near off the grid MH is linked here.)

(Photo credit: inhabitat – modular dwelling by Modscape)

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Tiny Homes Shelter the Homeless

February 28th, 2014 Comments off

Tiny homes, many made from recycled materials, are springing up in cities across the land to house the homeless, combining sustainability with social reform. In Olympia, Washington, thirty 144 square-foot homes have been constructed in a safe, street-light lined lane called Quixote Village, according to

Occupy Madison, a non-profit in Wisconsin has plans for 98 square-foot solar-powered micro homes with a heater and toilet. The homes, built by volunteers of all skill levels, are on wheels so they can be moved to a public space or church yard. has learned for a limited time, donations up to $10,000 are being matched by special supporters.

Gary Pickering of Provo, Utah was once homeless himself and has been instrumental in helping others build Dignity Roller Pods, also called Survival Shelters, for fellow homeless people. Similar initiatives are underway in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. ##

(Photo credit: Gary Pickering/–Survival Shelter)


Polymer Modular Unit: New Temporary Shelter?

February 3rd, 2012 Comments off

A new German design for temporary housing utilizes leaf-like panels made of fiber-reinforced polymer that fit together to create a self-supporting modular dome. Inhabitat tells the panels are translucent, allowing in daylight and spreading light at night. At 1650 lbs. it has a high strength-to-weight ratio, is easily moveable, and measures ten-feet high. Based on the structure of the cell wall of algae, it is called the Cocoon_FS, and is the brainchild of Pohl Architects and Plankton Tech. Modern microscopy and computer engineering focusing on evolutionary mechanisms allowed researchers at Plankton Tech to magnify the silica that comprise a cell wall. They then made a 3-D model of its interlocking spines, pores, ribs, and elevations, and from that an architectural design of the Cocoon evolved. Growing in popularity in the bio-fuels and food technology industries, this marks the first known time algae has inspired building technology. The modular will be replicated and available for viewing at different sites around the globe.

(Photo credit: Pohl Architects)