Located in the Melbourne's rapidly gentrifying inner-urban precinct of Collingwood, this prefabricated design is nestled on a narrow and small (140 m2) site.
The design exhibits a modern, beautifully designed and a light filled family home. You'd have no idea from looking at it that this home was prefabricated. And that's the point. Modern day prefabs don't have the boxy, cheap look you probably associated with the term.
By implementing the principles of passive design, the home not only relies less on the use of mechanical heating and cooling but also creates an extension of the internal space which maximises the indoor rooms.
The open plan living/dining/kitchen area is opened up to the front yard and is orientated north inviting the winter sun to light and heat up the room and also to allow natural ventilation to cool the room during summer months.
The living area also extends to another small courtyard on the west which allows the interior to feel more adjustable and spacious depending on the occupants needs. The western courtyard is designed to allow more light to enter the space and also functions as a vertical garden fence for herbs or plants for aesthetics.
This delightful home eschews some of the negative stigma prefabrication suffers by proving it is just as high quality as a traditional build. And the fact that it was prefabricated meant less time on site, fewer costly access issues and, ultimately and more affordable and more efficient build.