From Floating Ocean Metropolises to Low-Cost Refugee Camps

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 6, 2015
These examples of prefabricated structures range from luxurious floating villas to low-cost refugee camps. While traditional construction can be costly and time-consuming, prefabricated materials are both inexpensive and extremely quick to assemble.

One of the main reasons why architects and designers have turned to prefabricated materials is due to their economic and cost-effective design. Prefabricated construction means that less money is spent on expenses such as labor and additional building materials. The inexpensive cost of construction has made prefab construction ideal for building structures such as refugee shelters and affordable housing for low-income residents.

The other advantage to prefabricated structures is the speed at which these buildings can be constructed. Because each piece is pre-assembled, it is fast and easy for construction crews to set up structures. The advantage of rapid construction have made prefabricated structures an excellent solution for cities facing a housing crisis or consumers who choose to build in hostile environments.