HOME - TO - GO modular homes for the third Millennia
Prefabrication has been used for Millennia. The oldest engineered roadway, famous Sweet Track, has been built in England in the 3800 BC using ‘prefabricated’ oak planks.
Prefabricated houses were first produced in the United States during the Gold Rush in order to enable quick and effective construction. Prefabrication was later explored by some of the greatest twentieth-century architects as Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Frank Lloyd Wright who saw the technique as a natural solution to the problem of housing in modern society.
Despite obvious advantages, prefabricated building always had a stigma of being cheap, tacky and poorly designed, with no character. This, for sure, has to change, and quickly.
The number of units had never managed to justify cost for design and development. Cost of time (in millions of hours), spent on a car design will be spread across the entire production run. Prefabricated buildings appeared to be not only tacky, but poorly detailed and not as cost effective as expected.
The 21st century is witnessing an amazing progress in manufacturing industry and mass communication. Parts of our car or TV are produced at one place, assembled thousands miles away, and sold all around the world. Building industry is not following that progress.
We believe that all what we learned from manufacturing industry could be implemented in buildings. We believe it is possible to design building at one place, build it elsewhere and put it together anywhere in the world.