The L41: A Tiny, Energy-Efficient Prefab Home

This mass-produced, superefficient home might just be the future of housing.

| March/April 2011

  • The L41 home lives large with tons of built-in storage and dual-function designs.
    Photo Courtesy Katz Architecture
  • A full-size kitchen is key to making the L41 feel like a larger home.
    Photo Courtesy Katz Architecture

Though his homes are small, Michael Katz’s goals are big. “The major objective of the L41 home is to play a part in mass-producing houses that are so affordable that, before the end of this century, all the people in the world can have proper shelter,” says the Vancouver, British Columbia-based architect. “Affordability, mass production, quality, high design and sustainability is the L41 home manifesto.”

Katz uses assembly-line technology to create delightful, energy-efficient homes that most prospective homeowners can afford. Based on a 220-square-foot studio module, the expandable, stackable units are also available as a 290-square-foot one-bedroom unit or a 360-square-foot two-bedroom unit, and can stand alone or be stacked and combined into almost limitless combinations for multi- family dwellings. Artist Janet Corne co-designed the homes with Katz to ensure a design that’s “delightful, livable, even downright luxurious,” Katz says.

Katz plans to have the units on the market this summer. Though prices are being finalized, he says studio models will cost less than $60,000.

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The Good Stuff 

• The L41 generates and stores solar electricity on-site through photovoltaic and solar thermal heating and cooling cells on its green roof.

Ann Baker
3/26/2013 12:34:35 AM

This looks real cool and just my size house. I want one.

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