May 15, 2013
It seems like just yesterday, the idea of “prefabrication” (or “prefab”) was having its day in the sun as the next big concept to revolutionize architecture and design. MoMA parked a few prefabricated houses out in its courtyard, SHoP revealed its cluster of prefabricated towers for Brooklyn’s Atlantic Yards, and even taller buildings made of prefabricated parts were being conceived in — you guessed it — China. More recently, prefab has taken a back seat to more novel concepts (need we mention 3D printing again?), but its diminished presence on the Internet does not necessarily signal its demise. In fact, in the design-crazed Netherlands, the prefabricated home is making news again: A line of flatpack kit houses were recently made available in the Dutch town of Nijmegen with a price tag as small as $150,000 and an assembly time as short as six to eight weeks. More after the break.