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In Portland, IKEA inspired prefab homes

In Portland, IKEA inspired prefab homes

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The Swedish furniture giant and innovative prefab design studio ideabox collaborate on the American version of a flat.

Hardcore fans of IKEA's space saving solutions and the modern efficiency of prefabricated buildings will love this news. IKEA and ideabox, a prefab housing design studio based in Oregon, unveiled a prefabricated house collaboration. Named the Aktiv, the 745 square foot (70 square meter) one bedroom home is designed by ideabox and furnished by IKEA. Aktiv (Swedish for active) is currently designed with Pacific Northwest homeowners in mind and features eco-friendly appliances and materials.

The home's IKEA furnishings and finishes include popular lines of maple flooring, wardrobes, and kitchen and bath cabinets. Besides the space-saving Swedish furniture and products, the home is equipped with energy efficient appliances and fixtures like dual-flush toilet and energy star electronics. Aktiv is constructed with fiber-cement siding, corrugated metal, and a standing seam metal roof. Like most prefab projects, the shape is based on an efficient rectangle.

For the practically minded, the home does not require assembly. All of the cabinets, counter tops, and flooring arrive installed in the 53 foot by 15 foot structure. The Aktiv is expected to cost around US$80,000.

Ideabox specialize in prefab housing models that incorporate simple industrial material and are inspired by the agrarian heritage of the Pacific Northwest. The studio recently introduced a prefab development called cottages@camelot.

IKEA and ideabox displayed the first Aktiv at the 2012 Portland Home & Garden Show.

Edited: The previous headline for this article stated that IKEA launched the line of prefab homes, which is inaccurate. The furnishing company's Portland outpost collaborated with ideabox on the interior decoration. The line of prefab houses is solely that of ideabox.

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Contributing Editor Sun Joo Kim is an architect and creative consultant based in Boston. Her projects include design and master planning of museums, public institutions, hospitals, and university buildings across the U.S. She holds a degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure