When reflecting on the concept of prefab homes, Hannah admits it’s a long-held architects’ dream – ever since Le Corbusier’s modular Dom-Ino House, designed in 1914. “How we apply the logic of the industrial age to domestic construction to deliver better quality for lower cost is a seductive idea that has tempted generations of architects,” Hannah says.
In recent years, there’s been an increasing shift to a prefabricated way of working, where windows and doors are often manufactured off-site and joinery brought into a new project almost finished. “Our house seeks to extend this logic into the pre-cutting of timbers and pre-machining of joints to allow all-timber construction in remote sites where architectural building craft may not be available,” Hannah explains. “It’s designed to standard grids and lengths to avoid cutting and waste – it is very humble but still resolved.”