vision: control the factory process

The Swellhouse, the firm’s customizable prefab prototype consists of structural insulated panels wrapped around a pre-engineered steel I-beam frame. The frame’s S shape allows for uninterrupted loft-like spaces and large expanses of glass.

The office’s one attempt to date at working with shipping containers as building modules yielded this custom home in Los Angeles (above, center, and far right), finished in 2003. Among its imaginative container-made features are a koi pond and lap pool.

Siegal’s vision extends well past single-family houses. She’s working on multifamily projects, including the Eco-Ville, an artists live/work project in downtown Los Angeles made up of 40 stacked, staggered Portable Houses on a 2 1/2-acre lot.

The office’s one attempt to date at working with shipping containers as building modules yielded this custom home in Los Angeles, finished in 2003. Among its imaginative container-made features are a koi pond and lap pool.

The future of housing may not be limited to land. Siegal’s theoretical proposal for a fully submerged house, designed in different versions for two magazines, desalinizes its own water.

The office’s one attempt to date at working with shipping containers as building modules yielded this custom home in Los Angeles, finished in 2003. Among its imaginative container-made features are a koi pond and lap pool.

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