Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge : Prefabricated Housing in New Zealand

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Balasoglou Books, 2012 - Architecture, Domestic - 151 pages
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Until recently New Zealanders' thought of prefabs as drab, cheap, temporary, poorly designed school classrooms. Prefab houses tended to be thought of as cheap, small, relocatable, standard homes. However, today’s prefab home is design rich, high-quality, and readily customised to individual sites and needs. It is likely to be state of the art, an innovative blend of architecture, design, manufacturing and construction. This book documents and contextualises a history of Kiwi prefabrication, our prefab architecture, its present state, some prefab characters and characteristics, and emerging and possible prefab futures. The book documents key prefab challenges and accomplishments, and some emerging prefab potentials. For example, the story of IBS, (Industrialised Building Systems) is a story of a NZ project that came close to revolutionising the house building industry in Australasia. By the late Roger Hay, one of the IBS founding team members, it is published in this book for the first time.

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