Top 10 Prefab Architectural Designs of 2022

Prefab architecture has gained a lot of popularity and momentum in 2022! It basically involves creating buildings or building various components at a specific location, one that is better suited for construction, and then once completed, transport it to the final site or location. Prefab architectural designs have a number of advantages – they keep costs down, ensure that projects are more sustainable and efficient, and they prioritize and take into account simplicity and modularity. And we’ve curated a collection of our favorite prefab designs for you – from a prefab tiny home that’s a smart mobile device designed to help you escape city life to the Tesla of prefabs – these prefab designs are part of an integrated growing trend in modern architecture, and could be the future of it in 2023!

1. Coodo

A couple of years ago, the German entrepreneur Mark Dare Schmiedel got quite fed up with the chaos of Berlin and decided to move to the countryside, and build his own charming loft along the banks of the river Spree. The peace, calm and zen that followed made him wonder if it would be possible to create a similar, but mobile, home that could provide the same sanctuary for others. In his search for such a refuge, he came across a motorhome concept designed by a group of Slovenian architects called ‘Coodo’. Schmiedel went on to acquire the design rights to the concept, through his company LTG (Lofts to Go) and kick-started production of the units. The modular homes aim to bring you closer to nature, to a place away from the crowds, where you can truly enjoy the beauty of a moment.

Why is it remarkable?

It has a curved and minimal steel frame with rounded edges and stunning floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The beautiful glass walls allow a generous stream of sunlight to enter the home. Whether on city rooftops, on beaches, on mountains or along a river, Coodo can be easily installed almost anywhere.

What we like

  • Integrated utilization of smart home technology.
  • Compliance with passive house standards.

What we dislike

  • With its focus on natural surroundings, we wish there was a way to enclose the open patio to close up when you’re away from home

2. OM-1

Don’t you just sometimes wish you could “build” a house online and then order it just the way you like it? Well, now you actually can to some extent as a company called Dimensions X aims to be the Tesla of prefabricated homes. In addition, just like the eco-friendly car company whose model they follow, the houses they will offer will be homes that are energy efficient and will have a smaller carbon footprint.

Why is it remarkable?

Australian entrepreneur Oscar Martin teamed up with architect Peter Stutchbury to create a company that can offer people their prefab homes with a few clicks on their website. The process is not yet as easy as ordering a Tesla, but they have an online configurator that will tell you how much it will cost you as soon as you build your prefab home and make certain changes to it. There are modules and elements that you can change to make it your own.

What we like

  • An energy-efficient home with a small carbon footprint
  • You can choose things like the length and size of the whole house, as well as the placement of doors and windows, finishes, orientations and other elements that you can customize

What we dislike

3. Koto Design x Adobe prefab home


Based in the English coastal village of Westward Ho!, architecture studio Koto Design captures the mellow vibe of a day spent at the seaside and translates it into a home space. Inspired by Scandinavian simplicity and Japanese minimalism, the result comes through airy, open floor layouts and organic building materials.

Why is it remarkable?

The architecture studio is known for its extensive catalog of sustainable, prefabricated tiny homes that can be transported to locations around the globe. In a recent collaboration with US-based backyard builder Adobu, the two studios worked together to construct a tiny prefab home that combines Scandinavian design with a Californian twist.

What we like

  • Provides a semi-outdoor lifestyle
  • Is carbon neutral, and provides off-grid options

What we dislike

4. Nokkenhytta


These ready-made cabins, called the Nokken cabin, can be bought by anyone, but the designer duo has bigger plans for them. They want clusters of them to be placed in beautiful and remote locations to create “landscape hotels”, which can provide a luxury glamping experience. You will be able to connect with nature and relax, but in a comfortable and cozy space – without having to rough it up in the first place.

Why is it remarkable?

Nokken Hytta was created for expansion purposes and was intended to be a fairly flexible structure. It can be used as travel accommodation, workplace, retail, spa, restaurant or even as a simple home.

What we like

  • A beautiful picture window in front of the bed offers a surreal view of the landscape.

What we dislike

  • While we love the minimal black structure, it would be great if there was an optional open space/patio space to better appreciate the surroundings

5. Stone cabins


Located in the heart of Csóromfölde, Hungary are six amazing polygonal cabins called “Rock Cabins”. Designed and constructed by architectural firm Hello Wood in collaboration with TreeHouses, the brains and powerhouse behind the immensely popular cabins in Noszvaj, the cabins have an almost mysterious and mystical appeal to them! Each cozy cabin sleeps two people, making it the ultimate romantic getaway.

Why is it remarkable?

Quite interestingly, the cabins are inspired by the shape of stones. The intention behind these raw and real cabins was to create something that would blend harmoniously with nature and function as a natural extension of it. The cottage’s stony aesthetic helps it blend in with the natural landscape that surrounds it.

What we like

  • Creates job opportunities for the local population, thereby increasing the local economy
  • Attracts tourists

What we dislike

6. CABN.CO


Today, more and more people are moving towards homes that are green and energy efficient. Words like net zero, prefab and passive house standard are thrown like confetti while describing their dream home! At a time when sustainable architecture is flourishing more than ever, CABN.CO by Jackson Wyatt is a most welcome upcoming project.

Why is it remarkable?

CABN.CO is on a mission to build energy efficient and smart homes that can be placed in unique and diverse locations around the world. These versatile cabins can be your home almost anywhere in the world – whether in the city or on a remote island in the Bahamas! These cabins focus heavily on sun shading and roof overhangs.

What we like

  • Energy efficient
  • Equipped with smart technology

What we dislike

7. The foldable dream house


Michael Jantzen, an interdisciplinary artist based in New Mexico, is an artist who seems endlessly inspired by geometry. Merging sustainability, architecture and technology, Jantzen developed an adaptable modern home called The Folding Dream House that expands from a closed, cubic structure into a multi-layered dream home.

Why is it remarkable?

From the first conception, the Folding Dream House was designed as a place to sleep. Similar in size to a conventional hotel room, the Folding Dream House consists of two prefabricated, portable modules. Each rectangular module is envisioned to be mounted atop an elevated, triangular foundation that connects the home’s expandable support beams to the frame. On each facade of the Folding Dream House, Jantzen envisioned triangular overhangs and partitions as folding panels that extend from the home’s frame.

What we like

  • The panels can be folded open or closed in many different ways around the modules to meet different functional and/or aesthetic requirements

What we dislike

  • It’s still in the concept phase!

8. Lushna Huts


The Slovenian company Lushna builds tiny triangular cabins that act as the perfect refuge in nature while giving you the comfort and shelter of a modern cabin. These microcabins were designed to create the warmth of old-fashioned camping without compromising on comfort and much-needed essentials.

Why is it remarkable?

They literally act as bedrooms in nature, with an impressive wall glass opening that allows sunlight to generously pour in throughout the day, making the cabin feel quite open and spacious. Movable beds and screens provide flexibility and privacy. They are built from pine or durable solid larch.

What we like

  • The cabins are manufactured off-site and have concrete-free foundations, and therefore it is extremely easy to transport them from one place to another.

What we dislike

9. Azure’s ADUs


Azure, primarily specializes in ADUs or accessory dwelling units, which are typically placed next to the main residence, or in the backyard of a home. Azure makes several models of these ADUs – from backyard office studios to a tiny two-bedroom home. The structures are modern and futuristic, enhanced with glass walls, recessed lighting and pocket doors, giving them the feeling of a complete home.

Why is it remarkable?

Within 20 hours, Azure 3D prints the homes – including their structural skeleton, exterior cladding, water control barrier, exterior finishes, utility passages and grounding for interior finishes.

What we like

  • Over 60% of Azure’s print media will consist of a waterproof plastic polymer, commonly found in plastic bottles or food packaging.

What we dislike

10. iHouse


Montevideo-based architecture firm iHouse constructs prefabricated homes using the latest dry construction methods currently trending on the international scene. With just 70 days to build a home for Conrado, a Uruguayan living in London, on his family’s property in Colonia, iHouse was well equipped to take on the project. Formed by merging two modules, Casa ZGZ was constructed off-site and then installed on the family property in just five days.

Why is it remarkable?

As Colonia is one of Uruguay’s oldest cities, the team behind Casa ZGZ hoped to maintain the spirit of the region’s historic architecture while modernizing the lodge to meet modern needs. The one-level home is clad in black in an attempt to present the home hidden in plain sight among the many natural elements that surround it. The black exterior also warms the home’s wooden interior, which is paneled with wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

What we like

  • Casa ZGZ was constructed offsite in two modules to minimize the home’s impact on the region’s environment and land.
  • Co-exist in harmony with a space alien to language

What we dislike

  • It could have been equipped with a different story

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