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Modern Modular Wins Dwell Competition

by Marshall Mayer last modified Jan 04, 2012 12:05 AM
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Resolution: 4 Architecture of New York, designers of the Modern Modular line of prefab houses, has won the Dwell Home Design Invitational. Their system of "mass customization" to create unique yet affordable modernist homes is key to their success.



CONTACT: Shelley Tatum Kieran


Design Invitational Prize Goes To Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York

May 18, 2003…(New York, NY)…Dwell magazine announced the winning design today in the first Dwell Home Design Invitational—the magazine’s unique challenge to create a prefab home for a couple in North Carolina. The first Dwell Home will be designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York, whose project, Modern Modular, celebrates the promising potential for prefab established at the beginning of the competition.

"We believe that prefabricated architecture is a terrific—and feasible—option for home building in the 21st century,” says Dwell Editor-in-Chief Allison Arieff. “And Dwell wants to help it realize its true potential with a design that embraces all the benefit—aesthetic, environmental, economic, technologic—that Prefab has to offer.”

Chosen from among sixteen entries in the first Dwell Home Design Invitational, the Dwell Home is inspired by Modern Modular, a housing concept created by architects Joseph Tanney and partner Robert Luntz that leverages existing construction methodologies of prefabrication to design mass-customized, prefabricated modular homes at a reasonable cost.

Based on a production line of predefined modular units with the potential to be configured in a variety of ways, Modern Modular envisions limitless home design possibilities, each specific to its client and site.

Merging conventional wood framing with advanced technologies that allow for mass customization, the Dwell Home was designed through careful consideration of the Pittsboro, North Carolina site and the clients, Nathan Wieler and Ingrid Tung. Included in the initial specifications were instructions to design a 2,000 square foot home for no more that $200,000.

“Modern Modular offers an option for a modern, affordable home that could aesthetically transform the American domestic landscape,” says Tanney. “We believe we have the strategy; now we need to execute it; and the Dwell Home offers the perfect opportunity to show that the system works.”

Construction of the Dwell Home is scheduled to begin late this Summer, with completion expected in early 2004. All sixteen submitted designs will appear in the July/August issue of Dwell, and the project will be covered by the magazine throughout its development.

Sponsors signed on to participate include Birckenstock, Fisher & Paykel, Herman Miller for the Home, Home Director, Jenn-Air, Loewen Windows, Maharam, Microsoft Office for Mac, Modern Fan Co., Neoporte, Sears, Volkswagen, and West Elm.

Visit the Dwell Home website and the Dwell Home case study at Modern Modular.

For further information about the Dwell Home Design Invitational, please contact Shelley Tatum Kieran, 905.893.9368 or




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