Portable cabins and other types of modular buildings are used all over the world for a variety of applications. They first became popular after WWII, when there was an extreme shortage of housing, and people had to be placed somewhere. Then, during the 1960s, they became popular in countries like Sweden, where flat packed is the ultimate in beauty and convenience. Since then, these types of buildings have gone all over the world and are used in some very surprising locations. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous ones.
1. The Sheffield Park Hill Estate
The Sheffield Park Hill estate was completed in 1961. At first, it gained fame because the architecture was radical in design. It included spacious duplex apartments, streets in the sky, modular construction and district heating. Unfortunately, people of disadvantaged social backgrounds were all placed in this area, and anti-social behaviour became a real problem. The council has recently invested a large amount of money in modernising Park Hill, and it is once again a retro yet modern place to live.
2. Montreal, Canada’s Habitat ‘67
Habitat ’67 is like nothing you have ever seen before. The architect, Moshe Sadfie, really wanted to create something completely unique, and he certainly succeeded in that. The building uses various cubical forms juxtaposed on top of each other. These are described as form compositions, but basically mean there seems to be no line in the building as a whole. It has an amazing hill town look that hasn’t been repeated anywhere else and is built entirely from modular, portable cabins.
3. The Halley Research Station
The Halley Research Station (VI) is the first research station in the world that can be relocated whenever necessary. Its commission was released in 2006 and the final result is an innovative and unique structure. This was agreed upon after a design competition held together with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). The facility is made up of eight modules that stand on hydraulic legs. Each of these legs can be lifted, and each of the modules can be placed in different locations, either separately or together.
4. The Rolling Stone
The Rolling Stone was inspired by the old fashioned gypsy wagons, but also by other mobile homes and even actual rolling stones. It is a fantastic modular home that encourages mobile living in a highly functional manner. It is totally self-sufficient, meaning you can eat, sleep and live there, including going to the bathroom. It is almost like a hybrid building that can even function as a performance stage should you wish to. This really is the ultimate in 21st can house as much as six people.
5. Michigan’s Koby Cottage
Koby Cottage in Michigan is said to be a true revolution in modular construction. It is built for a non-profit organisation for sick children and allows parents to stay with their children during difficult times. It is a beautiful building that looks as if it was made out of nothing but red bricks and oak century living. Best of all, it planks, but is actually completely prefab. It is modern and chic, with the added benefit of having been created for a good cause.