Residential Liveable Sheds: What Type of Shed Home Can You Build?

Gone are the days when garden sheds were plain old storage spaces. These days, modern homeowners are busy utilising these spaces for recreational and business activities. Residential liveable sheds have become the talk of the neighbourhood. They are easy to set up and fun to use. All these shed conversions require are DIY kits with […]


Canelones, Uruguay – VivoTripodi Built Area: 96.0 m2 Year Built: 2018 Photographs: Marcos Guiponi The REPII House is actually a modular housing project that’s considered as a stand-alone unit. It can be used as a guest house, a studio, an office space, or for any other purpose. It’s an “additional” unit to an already existing space without […]

Into the Wild

Slovakia – Ark-shelter Year Built:     2018 Photographs:     BoysPlayNice Into the Wild is a prefab cabin located in the woods. Resembling a container-type structure, it’s a place where one can escape from the hectic city life – a detox from stress. Basic and fuss-free, it provides an opportunity to disconnect, relax, and recharge. The cabin […]

The Maintenance-Free House

Nyborg, Denmark – Arkitema Architects Project Year:  2013 Area:  156.0 m2 Photographers:  Jesper Ray, Helene Høyer Mikkelsen The Maintenance-Free House teaches us not to judge the book by its cover. This simple wooden structure was built to last for 150 years. Basically low-fuss and hassle-free, it requires no servicing during its first 50 years. Yes, […]

Nomadic Shelter

Fylkesveg 475 160, 8140 Inndyr, Norway – SALT Siida Workshop Built Area:     12.0 m2 Year Built:     2014 Photographs:     Piotr Paczkowski The Nomadic Shelter is an interesting piece of dwelling. Meant to be a temporary shelter, it’s an architectural project built as part of Salt festival. The shelter is small, measuring only 12 […]

North Fork Bay House

Laurel, United States –  Resolution: 4 Architecture Built area:    153.2 m2 Year built:    2015 North Fork Bay House is a prefabricated beach house that stands on top of steel stilts. The structure was lifted off the ground because the homeowners were concerned of potential flooding. The area below the house now serves as parking, […]

Joshua Tree – Hangar Design Group

Anywhere  –  Hangar Design Group We’re used to the concept of ‘mobile homes’ and pre-fabrication.  In fact, the two are synonymous.  The Joshua Tree is a new take on the concept, delivering a very high quality product that is claimed to be genuinely capable of mobility.  Manufactured by Agora Prefab, the home is built with overlapping zinc titanium tiles […]

Living in 10m2

Student Housing by Tengbom - A 10 sqm room

Virserum and Lund, Sweden – Tengbom Architects Location:     Portable Built area:    10 sqm Year built:     2013 Photography:    Bertil Hertzberg   Tertiary study never comes cheaply, especially if the student needs to live away from the family home.  Accommodation costs usually mean that the student needs to work in order […]

Locomotive 501 Ranch Trailer Home

A desert home for a vintage Spartan

South Texas  USA  –  Andrew Hinman Architecture Year built:     2012 Photography:    Paul Bardagjy Awards:     2013 AIA Austin Design Awards – Merit It’s always great to see innovation. Here’s a vintage Spartan trailer home converted to a cabin in a very relaxed and casual way. It would just as easily make a […]

Habitat 67

Habitat 67 - a design principle decades ahead of the market...

Montreal, Canada – Moshe Safdie Year built: 1964 to 1967 Habitat 67 is, without question, one of the most important and iconic multi-family developments globally. But if you’re under 50 years of age, you’ve probably never heard of it. We thought we’d revisit it as it approaches its 50th anniversary. At a time when half […]

Pocket Shelter

Pocket Shelter - United States

United States – Aaron Maret Design Built Studio Built area: 8′ x 23′ / 200 sqft Year built: Spring 2013

Colour has its turn – Public housing in Madrid

Public housing in Carabanchel - Madrid, Spain

Carabanchel  Madrid  Spain  –  Amann Canovas Maruri Site area:     4441 m2 Built area:    13,420 m2 Total homes:  81 Year built:     2009 Photography:   Miguel de Guzmán and  David Frutos There are volumes of research proving that colour impacts directly on mood. There is much research dealing exclusively with the social and mental challenges faced […]

Paihia Retreat – </br>Hanging From a Portal Frame

The home 'hangs' from the portal frame...

Paihia  Bay of Island  NZ  –  André Hodgskin / Architex NZ Type:     Modular/Prefabricated Built area:    100m2 Year:     2004 Designed for a bachelor,  the home sits on 10 acres of beautiful indigenous bush overlooking the Bay of Islands. Only the house site has been cleared and the views are through dense black ti-tree. […]

Rounded in every sense…

Domespace - France

Anywhere you’d like it – Domespace  France More years ago than I care to remember, I bought my first Citroën car, a DS21 Goddess.  The innovation was mind-boggling.  In following years I owned various French cars finding them all idiosyncratic but delightful to drive.  But over time, global conformity set in and the innovation died. […]

Modular Design in Rural Victoria

Intermode Concepts

Kilmore  Victoria  Australia  –  Carr Design Group + Intermode Concept Total built area including decks:     850 m2 (9,150 sq. ft) Year:     2008 mod·u·lar Of, relating to, or based on a module or modulus. 2. Designed with standardized units or dimensions, as for easy assembly and repair or flexible arrangement … Modular is a concept […]



Anywhere you choose –  Rod Gibson/Habode Built Area:     80 m2 + decks  (864 sq.ft. + decks) The New Zealand built HABODE can be shipped anywhere in the world, trucked to site, ‘unfolded’ and be habitable in just two days.  It is designed and built to withstand extreme weather conditions and meets and exceeds […]

The Mini House

Sweden – Jonas Wagell Architects Area:  15m2 (162 sq. ft,) internal + deck/veranda Prefabrication can save new home owners a lot… of money and stress.  As most builders will admit, if it can go wrong, at some stage it will.  Rain, theft, damage, mistakes – they all add to the cost of a new home. […]

(BIG) Little House

A garden outlook and natural light create the illusion of space...

Berkeley California  –  The Hopkins Studio For an ageing parent to move into a garden unit or ‘granny flat’ usually means downsizing. That can be a difficult adjustment for many. On the other hand, the move typically occurs because the ‘family home’ has become to hard to manage. By keeping walls to a minimum and ensuring […]

House Arc

House Arc

Big Island, Hawaii  –  Bellomo Architects Photography: Drew Kelly Yesterday’s post about prefabricated housing certainly seemed to ‘hit the spot’.  Here’s another very interesting alternative to conventional, on-site construction. All of the components can be made off-site and assembled and completed in just three days.  The uses are limited only by your imagination – granny […]

Prefab comes of age

Fluid Spaces - Michelle Kaufmann Studio

Fluid spaces – Michelle Kaufmann, Design 101 and Blazer Industries When most of us think of pre-fabricated housing, images of low quality trailer homes spring to mind.  But in recent years, a combination of new technologies, better designs, experimentation and rising construction costs have seen a renaissance in factory built housing. If you picture a typical building site […]

ecoPerch – would you like it here or there?

Anywhere – Blue Forest Size:  48m2 (516 sq. ft.) This home brings to mind the Dr. Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham.  “Would you like them in a tree?  Try them, try, them, you will see. You may like them in a tree!” This home can be ‘perched’ just about anywhere – in a tree, on […]

Flat Packed In Kent

Modular construction minimises wastage

Kent, U.K. – Built Area:  90 m2  (968 sq. ft.) The term ‘Granny’ flat derives from an earlier era when husbands were usually older than their brides and had shorter life-spans. Even as recently as the 1980’s, women were likely to outlive their husbands by close to 10 years. Many families bought the widow into […]

The Trojan House

The Trojan House

hOHMelbourne, Australia – Jackson Clements Burrows Pty. Ltd. Year built: 2009 Photography: Emma Cross The challenge: A great location but a small 90m2 (1,000sq ft) 1930’s house and the need to retain a playing yard for three young children. The solution: An innovative, 155m2 (1,700sq ft) addition called ‘The Trojan House’  (See below for the architect’s notes.) […]