Prefab Modernism by Werner Sobek

German architect/engineer Werner Sobek's R128 and H16 homes are prefab with a twist. These structures aren't available through a manufacturer; they're custom homes designed using lightweight, modular parts. The "prefab" part of these homes lies in their skillful engineering. R218 (shown above) is made from 100% recyclable, easy-to-assemble mortise and tenon joints and bolted joints, while the H16 is made from prefabricated architectural concrete...

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Both homes (located in Germany) are green. In addition to its recyclable frame, the R128 has self-sufficient heating and energy systems powered by solar cells.

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The glass panels are triple-glazed and have very low emissivity, making them energy-efficient while still providing incredible views.

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The H16 is also tripled-glazed. It uses geothermal heating combined with solar panels to stay off the grid.

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With geothermal heating systems, heat exchange is conducted deep within the earth through tubes that are naturally cooled during summer and warmed during winter.

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Both buildings have a modernist aesthetic, but their material composition is very much of the 21st century. The prefab parts cut down on construction costs, while green energy systems have long-term benefits both environmentally and economically. For more information on Werner Sobek's green buildings, click here.

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