Robert Luntz
Robert Luntz
Joseph Tanney
Joseph Tanney

Resolution: 4 Architecture was one of the first players in the high-design modular game, and it’s still going strong. The firm designs factory-built houses using the same attention to detail it applies to its stick-built residential and commercial work. It’s completed 48 modular homes in the past decade, all while honoring its commitment to architecture that fits the landscape.

The New York firm’s principals, Joseph Tanney, AIA, and Robert Luntz, AIA, achieve site-specificity by offering standard physical components that they customize to a client’s program and preferences. They’ve worked with modular factories long enough to know how to create houses that can be built largely within the assembly-line system. “We’re tapping into an existing process,” Tanney explains. “We’re just attempting to bring design to it.”

Tanney and Luntz find that their modular houses, while still high-end, offer significant value. They’ve also discovered opportunities within the prefab process for sustainable design, including factory-friendly insulation details they’ve developed to increase energy efficiency. “We’re preoccupied with building performance,” Tanney says. The firm currently has six prefab houses in progress.

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architect: Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York

in the prefab business since: 2004

prefab homes completed: 48

prefab method: Modular

average construction cost: $225 to $325 per square foot