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Yellow House takes modular housing to the treetops

Yellow House takes modular hou...
Alejandro Soffia architectural studio created this innovative family "treehouse" home using a series of prefabricated modules
Alejandro Soffia architectural studio created this innovative family "treehouse" home using a series of prefabricated modules
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Yellow House project keeps sustainability and cost in mind
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Yellow House project keeps sustainability and cost in mind
 Dubbed Yellow House, the project was conceived to address the rapid demand for housing within growing populations
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 Dubbed Yellow House, the project was conceived to address the rapid demand for housing within growing populations
The Yellow House prefabricated modules were constructed offsite using lightweight Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
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The Yellow House prefabricated modules were constructed offsite using lightweight Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Yellow House is distinguished by its bright yellow façade
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Yellow House is distinguished by its bright yellow façade
Yellow House is built with little impact on nature
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Yellow House is built with little impact on nature
The main entrance of the home is accessible via a wooden staircase, which meanders through the forest
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The main entrance of the home is accessible via a wooden staircase, which meanders through the forest
Each module was built with a strong focus on quality, cost control and longevity
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Each module was built with a strong focus on quality, cost control and longevity
Yellow House is located in the beautiful forest setting of Pucón, Chile
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Yellow House is located in the beautiful forest setting of Pucón, Chile
Alejandro Soffia architectural studio created this innovative family "treehouse" home using a series of prefabricated modules
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Alejandro Soffia architectural studio created this innovative family "treehouse" home using a series of prefabricated modules
Yellow House is a giant treehouse-inspired home that proposes a comfortable and economic housing model for the future
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Yellow House is a giant treehouse-inspired home that proposes a comfortable and economic housing model for the future
The ready-to-use modules make up the key aspects of the entire home
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The ready-to-use modules make up the key aspects of the entire home
The home is elevated off the ground with a series of wooden stumps and pillars
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The home is elevated off the ground with a series of wooden stumps and pillars
Other features of the home include impressive open living and dining area with modern European wall kitchen
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Other features of the home include impressive open living and dining area with modern European wall kitchen
 Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows are positioned throughout the entire home, offering stunning views of the surrounding forest landscape
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 Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows are positioned throughout the entire home, offering stunning views of the surrounding forest landscape
Yellow House has a minimal interior design to maximize the stunning views
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Yellow House has a minimal interior design to maximize the stunning views
Yellow House modules joined together creating seperate nooks and rooms
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Yellow House modules joined together creating seperate nooks and rooms
 Inside the home features beautiful dark timber flooring and a mixture of black and untreated natural timber cladding on the walls and ceilings
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 Inside the home features beautiful dark timber flooring and a mixture of black and untreated natural timber cladding on the walls and ceilings
Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows fill the home with an abundance of natural light
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Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows fill the home with an abundance of natural light
 Other features of the home include wood combustion fireplace and a collection of perched private balconies
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 Other features of the home include wood combustion fireplace and a collection of perched private balconies
Yellow House library and study area
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Yellow House library and study area
Yellow House is like living in an oversized treehouse
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Yellow House is like living in an oversized treehouse
The home is elevated off the ground to give it its treehouse feel
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The home is elevated off the ground to give it its treehouse feel
Yellow House design plans by Alejandro Soffia
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Yellow House design plans by Alejandro Soffia
Yellow House design plans by Alejandro Soffia
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Yellow House design plans by Alejandro Soffia

Located in the beautiful forest setting of Pucón, Chile, Yellow House from architect Alejandro Soffia is a treehouse-inspired prefab home that proposes a comfortable and economic housing model for the future, with minimal impact on nature.

Built from a series of prefabricated modules, Yellow House, was conceived to address the rapid demand for housing within growing populations, while also keeping sustainability and cost in mind.

"Architecture faces two main human challenges," says Alejandro Soffia. "First, decreasing its impact over nature's equilibrium, and second, building many square meters of good quality for actual and coming population. I am right now as an Architect, in this second challenge, trying to develop prefab systems with good (true/beauty) design."

 Other features of the home include wood combustion fireplace and a collection of perched private balconies
 Other features of the home include wood combustion fireplace and a collection of perched private balconies

The Yellow House prefabricated modules were constructed offsite using lightweight Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). The ready-to-use modules make up the key aspects of the entire home, including the living room, kitchen, library, bedrooms and bathrooms. The modules were assembled together onsite, taking care to work around the pre-existing forest landscape, while also incorporating the beautiful surrounds into the visual aspect of the home.

Yellow House is a giant treehouse-inspired home that proposes a comfortable and economic housing model for the future
Yellow House is a giant treehouse-inspired home that proposes a comfortable and economic housing model for the future

"I selected prefabrication as a strategy for building my projects, but also during the design process too," says Soffia. "The hypothesis is, that if you create a prefabricated system which has good architectural design, then you can reproduce this quality as much as you need it, within the laws of short/long production series. And if in the serial industrial production of buildings you get bored, you can also customize form and function through the system."

The building's bright yellow facade is contrasted by a black border and black flat roof. The inside features beautiful dark timber flooring and a mixture of black and untreated natural timber cladding on the walls and ceilings. Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows are positioned throughout the entire home, offering stunning views of the surrounding forest landscape, while also filling the home with an abundance of natural light.

 Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows are positioned throughout the entire home, offering stunning views of the surrounding forest landscape
 Large floor-to-ceiling glass windows are positioned throughout the entire home, offering stunning views of the surrounding forest landscape

The home is elevated off the ground with a series of wooden stumps and pillars, giving it a treehouse feel while also conserving the land below. The main entrance is accessible via a wooden staircase, which meanders through the forest. The staircase also adjoins a large outdoor terrace, ideal for entertaining or enjoying an afternoon in the sun.

The home also includes an impressive open living and dining area with modern European wall kitchen, a wood combustion fireplace, hydronic heating, and a collection of perched private balconies.

Yellow House modules joined together creating seperate nooks and rooms
Yellow House modules joined together creating seperate nooks and rooms

Final cost for the Yellow House project was UF29 per square meter (US$1150 at time of publication), and its prefabricated model can be adapted to suit various needs.

Source: Alejandro Soffia via Archdaily

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