These are the prefabricated houses that make celebrities like Banderas fall in love - Forbes Spain

2022-06-15 10:30:48 By : Ms. Vency Can

nothing personal, just businessUntil a few years ago, prefabricated houses were synonymous with cheap, dehumanized constructions, with a vaguely industrial aesthetic that was routine and unpretentious.For some time now, however, good taste, ambition and excellence in design have landed forcefully in this market segment.Today we have authentic luxury residences assembled in factories and distributed on exclusive plots around the planet.This is the case of Hurley House, a spectacular “nomadic” hotel designed by the startup Moliving and that will be available in various locations in the Hudson Valley, in the rural part of the state of New York, starting next spring.Or the charming summer residences created by Koto Design in the Cotswolds, in the heart of the English countryside.Such is the popularity of this new trend that leading studios such as Garrison Architects are already manufacturing modular cabins that are simple in appearance but have a high aesthetic impact, and public institutions such as the Los Angeles City Council are turning to redesigned and refurbished shipping containers in their housing plans. official protection.Even more.In Montevideo, a multi-storey car park designed by MAPA was inaugurated a few months ago – and named The Florida Building – which is the most ambitious (and most attractive) prefabricated building of these characteristics on record.Woonpioneers, an avant-garde studio from the Netherlands, has nominated for international awards with its Indigo cabins, luxurious wooden forest residences that are beginning to proliferate around Amsterdam and could be replicated anywhere.And the paneled glass cabins of the Canadian studio Bourgeois Lechasseur, an example of rural chic with a discreet avant-garde inspiration, caused a sensation when they were presented last October.Panelized?Modular?Habitable containers?It is convenient to clarify concepts, because that of prefabricated houses is a stormy jungle in which trees of very different origins fit.The British journalist Dylan Crosbie, an expert in architecture and sustainable design, sums it up in a couple of simple and intuitive sentences: “Prefabricated houses are those that are built in a factory or workshop and then transported and installed on the client's plot.This way of building ensures a high degree of process control and often produces efficient, high-quality homes with notable aesthetic impact at competitive prices.”It responds to four basic typologies, as detailed by Crosbie himself: the manufactured ones, "which are built in one piece, are transported already assembled and are installed with a crane under the supervision of a local contractor";the modular ones, "which are built piece by piece, usually with a high degree of attention to detail, and are assembled at destination";the panelized ones, "in general, lighter and with a minimalist design, because instead of modules they are built by panels";and habitable containers, "the latest in their simplicity and versatility, which are essentially containers used in maritime transport that have been redesigned to become homes."Crosbie expresses his personal preference for the latter type, “an example of how efficient it is to make a virtue of necessity: design companies are beginning to proliferate offering very beautiful and energy efficient models at prices well below of a conventional house.This is the case of The Krane, a minimalist boutique hotel with a single room, designed by the Danish architect Mads Moller, which has become one of the main attractions of the commercial dock in the north of Copenhagen.In this unique space sponsored by the Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta one feels, in Moller's own opinion, "inhabiting a futuristic fantasy that, at the same time, becomes a simple variation of the houses we built in the trees when we were kids".A few years ago, the American architect and businessman Ryan E. Smith stated in his essay Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction that prefabricated houses tend to be up to 30% cheaper than conventional ones because "they are built in controlled environments and in ideal working conditions, without the need to face wind, rain or extreme temperatures, which makes possible a high degree of attention to detail and a substantial reduction in costs”.Despite everything, as Dylan Crosbie acknowledges, "it is still a relatively minority option, so it does not benefit from economies of scale, and the gradual increase in the quality of materials and the level of demand in the design makes prices tend to rise”.Even so, it is possible to buy habitable containers or panelized houses of basic dimensions, but designed with efficiency and good taste, "for amounts less than 100,000 euros" both in Europe and in the US.Taking into account both its price and its degree of sustainability and energy efficiency, Crosbie recommends models such as the compact Nest smart house from Roombus, an avant-garde residence of around 50 square meters that costs just over 80,000 euros, or Zum, from Unity Homes , a kind of pocket Victorian mansion whose basic model, with two rooms and just over 100 square meters, can be purchased for a more than sensible 250,000 euros.Much more luxurious are options such as Connect 6, from Connect Homes, a smart home built with metal panels that combines simplicity and excellence in design and costs just over half a million euros.For foodies, Crosbie recommends the RPA Living Home 3 model, marketed by Plant Prebab and designed by the American architect Richard Pedranti, a passive home (that is, a self-regulating home, designed to reduce up to 90% the usual energy consumption in conventional homes) capable of combining opulence and ecological efficiency, although a price never less than around 700,000 euros, to which the cost of transport, installation and the corresponding permits would have to be added.There is no such thing as an official ranking in this regard, but what is perhaps the most famous luxury prefabricated residence in the world is in Cobham, in the British county of Surrey, and belongs to Antonio Banderas.It is a modular mansion of more than 500 square meters, with three floors and five rooms, a gabled roof, a splendid glass facade and wooden beams on a concrete base.This resounding delight was built in its Hartenfels workshops by the German company Huf Haus, whose designs are inspired by the architectural tradition of the Bauhaus.The actor from Malaga paid just under three million euros for the house in 2015 and, after residing in it sporadically in the company of his partner, Nicole Kimpel, put it up for sale last summer for 3.5 million.In Cobham, just thirty kilometers from central London, in this area known as Britain's Beverly Hills, Banderas could ride his motorcycle along the roads that surround the nearby Surrey Nature Park, where foxes and deer abound, or rub elbows with illustrious neighbors such as ex-soccer players Frank Lampard, John Terry, Gary Lineker and Peter Crouch, tennis player Andy Murray or musicians Nicola Roberts, Ronnie Wood or Mick Hucknell.Of course, high-end prefabs aren't just rampant in settings as exclusive and glamorous as Cobham.Among the prêt-à-porter designs that are all the rage right now, the Marbella model by the inHAUS company stands out, a modular villa of more than 600 square meters spread over two floors, six bedrooms and seven bathrooms that is sold at a very modest price. price of one million euros.About half the cost of the emblematic Breezehouse model from the Californian construction company Blu Homes, specialized in eco-sustainable housing.And for between 200,000 euros and around a million it is possible to get one of the showy cubes of just over 100 square meters manufactured by the also American Connect Homes.For those who prefer designs with a certain ancient air, with a southern mansion flavor, but all the comforts and energy efficiency of modern smart homes, one of the most recommended options would be the Champions Homes models, very widespread in North America, Great Britain and Canada.Diverse options, in short, for those who are willing to embark on the adventure of buying a high-quality home, even if it just came out of the factory.Keep informed of our latest newsThis website, like others, uses cookies in order to improve your experience on the web.You can get more information in our cookie policy.

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