When Nestron went to prefabricate the Legend Two, the company sought to combine Bauhaus-style architecture with smart technology. “We wanted to create something with classic styling and modern technical features,” says chief designer Laurence Xu.
The 275-square-foot house has a simple, rectangular shape wrapped in aluminum composite panels. “Compared to painted walls, the panels are durable and easy to replace,” says Xu. “They provide insulation and are climate sensitive, because they reduce energy costs and consumption.”
The house is completely prefabricated, which according to Xu offers a wide range of benefits. “Quality, quantity, accuracy, convenience, speed and cost are some of the advantages of prefabrication,” he says. “It’s a process that turns architecture into a standardized, mass-producible product and enables us to prevent, mitigate, detect and respond to problems in a timely and accurate manner.”
Xu and his team outfitted the Legend Two with two bedrooms and a set of built-in furniture designed to conserve floor space. In the living area, a compact table pulls down from one of the walls to serve as a workspace or dining area. The bedrooms have built-in beds with sleek silhouettes and a counter against a window provides a place to work or dine while admiring the view.
“Placing furniture that fits into a tiny house is a common problem,” says Xu. “The built-in pieces save buyers the trouble of finding the right furniture, but they also ensure that the furniture matches the style of the house.”
In terms of finish, the house consists mainly of drop-lock panels, composite wood and tempered glass. “They are materials that are lightweight to ship, but also easy to maintain,” says Xu. “And they’re sustainable — the wood composite, for example, is made from recycled wood fibers that have a low carbon footprint.”