Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A History of Prefab Houses

Prefab is a buzzy topic in architecture and design circles right now, but it's hardly a new concept. The idea of building houses in factories and shipping them to their destinations is at least a century old.

One of the first prefabricated homes was built in Germany and fit on slab construction by architect Robert Krafft and the engineer Friedrich Förster in 1929 for the major industrial companies Hirsch copper and brass works was developed (HKM). 

The copper houses were one display at the 1931 International Colonial Exhibition in Paris and won a Grand Prix Award and was later shown at the German Building Exhibition in Berlin. By 1933, at least 54 of these manufactured homes were produced.

These are Kupferhaus homes built in the 1930's

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