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Brief Published: 29 Aug 2012

Eco-Living Prefab Style, Copenhagen


A two-bedroom house made entirely of sustainable prefabricated materials has been constructed near Copenhagen, Denmark by London-based digital fabricator Facit homes, in collaboration with Danish architects Eentileen. Known as Villa Asserbo, the structure is composed of lightweight pieces of plywood composite, carved out by an advanced computer-numerically-controlled printer.

Aiming to achieve a more environmentally sound method of construction, the lightweight materials can be snapped together easily, eliminating the need for time and energy-intensive traditional building machinery. The absence of a concrete foundation also makes the Villa fully deconstructable and recyclable. The house sits on screw piles that keep the structure hovering approximately 12 inches off the ground.

A reduced construction time and a reasonable price tag are additional benefits of using prefabricated components. Villa Asserbo was fully constructed in just six weeks, with total costs coming in at around $300,000.

See a more detailed analysis of the evolution and future of prefabricated building materials in our report Primetime for Prefabs.


Facit Homes