Concrete Sustainable Prefab: KODA by Kodasema

The Concrete Sustainable Prefab: KODA by Kodasema can be used as a garden home, a guest house, a place of learning, a hotel, a party house or a retail store. The prefab structure is designed to be relocated and repurposed infinite times. With a fully equipped kitchen and bath, the wood lined interior, concrete exterior home sleeps two and can be delivered all-in-one via trailer in one piece. Read more

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The Grotto Sauna is an Amorphic Prefab on the Edge of a Private Island.

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This 800 square foot sauna was constructed to compliment a mid-century cabin on a private island in Georgian Bay on the eastern flank of Lake Huron. Designed by partners Pooya Baktash and Jonathan Friedman of Partisans, the sauna is made of a special rot-resistant local cedar and was designed and fabricated utilizing state of the art 3-D technology. Read more

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IKEA Portland and Ideabox Launch Their First Collaborative Prefab Home, Aktiv.

Oregon-based Ideabox has collaborated with IKEA to create a new prefab collection which debuted this month at the Portland Home & Garden Show.

The collaboration introduces “Aktiv”, the first in a new line of prefab houses designed by ideabox and appointed by IKEA.

Working with IKEA designers, ideabox designed aktiv around IKEA systems. In the kitchen, IKEA offers a lot of flexibility in kitchen cabinets. Ideabox designed the layout, and their clients can select the colors. IKEA appliances offer state-of-the-art cooking, so they included an induction cooktop and convection oven.

A counter depth refrigerator keeps food fresh, and cabinet faced dishwashers provide seamless functionality. Proven by millions walking on them in IKEA stores, aktiv offers IKEA flooring, a perfect match for active Northwest lifestyles.

For those IKEA fans, the pure delight of walking and imagining their way through an IKEA store quickly turns to the daunting task of assembly when they get home. However, when your ideabox aktiv arrives, all of the cabinets, countertops, and flooring are installed.

The bath features a “huge” two sink vanity and four drawers along with a storage cabinet. The bedroom features the amazingly functional IKEA built-in series of closet systems.

Think of it as your own personal euro designer flat -only where you want it. Every bit an ideabox, from the energy efficiency to the cool assembly of materials, aktiv by ideabox truly is modern living made remarkably easy.

Jim Russell (above), owner and principal at Ideabox, has a background in energy, having worked for Oregon’s Department of Energy and Energy Trust at Oregon. He’s passionate about delivering energy-efficient homes — as long as they have a design edge. “We want our homes to be so rockin’ cool that people just want them,” Russell said. “No Birkenstocks, no flannel, no granola.”

above: Jim Russell, ideabox owner, stands in front of the Aktiv at the Portland Home and Garden Show

The home gets a boost in its quest for maximum energy efficiency in part due to its small footprint. Aktiv is compact at 745-square-feet and carries an all-inclusive price tag of about $86,000. From order to delivery, an Ideabox home takes about eight weeks, with two to three of that in building time.

The exterior of the Aktiv in Portland:

The landscaping for the project was done for Ikeabox by Schutlz and Long Landscape Architecture of Portland. Recycled asphalt replaces gravel and water-efficient dwarf plants are fed by a drip irrigation system.

images and info courtesy of ideabox, Sustainable Business Oregon and photographer Cathy Cheney

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Check Out The Tetra Shed. A Modern Modular Office Pod Available Next Month.

the tetra shed

The tetra shed is a mod pod that rocks. Available as of January 2012 is yet another modular office pod from the UK (they are big on garden sheds and modular pods). The tetra shed® by architect David Ajasa-Adekunle of Innovation Imperative is a new modular building system which, as a single module, has been designed to be a modern garden office. Read more

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The LEAP (Living Ecological Alpine Pod), a Prefab Modular Hut for High Altitudes & Mountain Living.

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A new modern bivuoac for mountain living, The LEAP (Living Ecological Alpine Pod). Designed in Italy by Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa, the Alpine huts are modular, highly sustainable and complete with a comfortable interior. The LEAP is a technologically sophisticated shelter, prefabricated and assembled offsite, that does not alter the environment in which it is placed. Read more

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Hey You, Get Into My Cloud. Le Nuage, A Cloud Shaped Pod That Sleeps Seven.

Cloud-shaped Pod That Sleeps SevenLe Bruit de Frigo and Zébra3 designed and created Le Nuage,  a cloud-shaped pod that sleeps seven. The playful piece of micro-architecture is crafted of wood and plexiglass with built-in loft bunk beds.  The cloud-shaped pod is an installation that was produced as part of the first edition of last October’s la biennale d’art en parcs urbains panoramas 2010. Read more

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If You’re Looking For Me, I’ll be Out Back In My Polyhedron.

Manuel Villa Polyhedron
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This cool 7.5 square meter garden or office pod was designed and built in 2009 by architect Manuel Villa with the help of architect Alberto González, as a project and resides in the backyard of a family home in Bogota, Columbia. The surrounding landscaping was designed by Ana María Largacha. Read more

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Dream & Fly. Mini Hotel Pods For The Weary Traveler.

Barcelona based company Dream & Fly has invented luxury low cost accommodations for busy people in transit who haven’t the time to find a hotel nearby. By creating individual prefabricated micro-hotels (modular pods), complete with a bathroom, a weary traveler can nap or rest in a clean, comfortable, private and even wired space.

The Dream & Fly “bubbles” are modular accommodations intended to be installed within busy airports, sea ports, train stations or other areas in which large concentrations of people are constantly traveling and need a small comfortable private place to sleep or rest.

The modern luxury pods come with a complete bathroom and can be rented by hour. Inspired by the nature of a womb, the pods are meant to shield you from the frenetic pace of places like airports and seaports.

There are three sizes; the Simple Bubble measures 5 meters square, the Single Bubble measures 7 meters square and the Family Bubble is 10 meters square.



A passenger can sleep for a few hours in a comfortable bed which can be either single or double, lie down on the pillows of the reclining headrest and work on a fold-out table with access to the internet. He or she can consult the boarding details of their flight on an LCD monitor on the wall and rest all of their newspapers on a shelf next to the bed, which is totally equipped with stations for mobile phones and mp3 players, with ambient sound and electric sockets.

The passenger can take a shower, in the privacy of their own space, where they can find a sink, toilet and modern shower made of stainless steel, reminiscent of airplane bathrooms.

For the family, the larger pod consists of a space with a sofa that transforms into a bed for a body and a half, a cradle or nappy changing facility for babies, and other comforts which demand more space.

above: the Micro-hotel pods as seen at a trade show

Visit Dream & Fly to learn more.

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