This Delightful Yellow House Show What Modular Building Is All About

Bright yellow with black accents wouldn't be the first thing you'd think of when it comes to choosing a colour pallet for a home, but somehow, architect Alejandro Soffia makes it work beautifully. Alejandro created a home using a series of modular buildings and then covered them in bright yellow corrugated metal to create an artistic residence in Pucón, Chile. And that's actually what the home is called too - the Yellow House. It was built as a prefabricated modular home with many different components so that it could be made to suit the different areas of the home. So each of the modules holds a different purpose. One of the modules is the kitchen; another is the dining area, and one other is the living room. There's also a library and, of course, bedrooms and bathrooms. The thought behind this prefabricated system is that you can always easily reproduce the entire home or a variation of the design quickly and efficiently. It's great for developing cities that have a shortage of housing which could use more options for affordable and fast homes. It can be applied to any type of development as well including residential or commercial and these buildings tend to look great no matter where they're placed.

The modules are created separately, and then they are joined together to create the house as a whole. Using the same colour scheme on the exterior of the home helps to meld the modules together creating a seamless design that looks harmonious and congruent. Under all of the metal, the modules are constructed from Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) which are basically a layered structure of insulation and structural board on either side. They're lightweight, and many of these SIPs are also fire resistant as well. They also feature great thermoregulation properties which means that the homes will stay warm or cool efficiently. Plus, different materials can be used to make these SIPs too including foam board, polystyrene and plywood. They could be made with eco-friendly materials as well, but unfortunately, in Chile where the Yellow House was built, Alejandro couldn't find any that fit the bill. He said that ideally, these homes would be created using a mushroom mycelium system, but that type of system hasn't been completely refined quite yet.

The structural walls are 116 millimetres thick, and the structural slabs are 210 millimetres all joined together by wooden joints. On the inside of the home, the walls are finished with wooden boards, and wooden finishes are added to complement the walls. Some of the walls are left natural while others are painted black for a dramatic effect. The living room, kitchen and dining room are darker areas which match the cabinets in the kitchen. The juxtaposition of light wood and dark paint helps to create a sense of light and depth in the home making it feel cozy and open at the same time. Certainly, the windows also help with the open feel within the home as well as offering splendid views of the outside world. The surrounding views are incredible as well, with thick trees surrounding the home. There are also some openings in the home that lead out to patios to extend the living space. One of the decks also leads right out into the forest where the residents can take nice walks and enjoy nature. Overall, this home serves as a beautiful residence for the owners as well as a great prototype for future homes to come. Think of how great this home would be as a tiny house, or even as a larger office building or community center.




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