5/19/2006

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Marmol Radziner + Associates

Viviendas prefabricadas

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Fotos: David Glomb y Benny Chan

Aunque dedicada al diseño y construcción de estructuras modulares de acero desde 1966, Marmol Radziner Prefab comienza a desarrollar viviendas prefabricadas recién a partir de 2002, año en que la revista Dwell organizó un concurso para el diseño y la realización de un prototipo de vivienda contemporánea prefabricada.

Desde 1989, Marmol Radziner + Associates se radica en Los Angeles y comienza una práctica que unifica diseño y construcción. La investigación meticulosa, el diseño innovador y la construcción precisa son las virtudes que el estudio procura demostrar. En 2004, el American Institute of Architects California Council otorgó al estudio la distinción “Firm of the Year”.

En 2005 la firma consigue construir la primera casa prefabricada de esta serie, localizada cerca de Palm Spring y diseñada por el propio Leo Marmol y su esposa Alisa Becket.
Actualmente, la empresa emplea más de 60 arquitectos y otros profesionales, además de unos 40 operarios en construcción.

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Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

“Nuestros proyectos no tendrían éxito sin un gran diseño, pero un gran diseño no puede tener éxito sin una muy buena construcción”.

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Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

El sitio ideal para la instalación es un terreno grande, con leve pendiente y acceso vehicular por vías amplias y poco sinuosas.

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El sistema es flexible y admite infinitas variantes dentro de una tipología muy reconocible, muy ligada a la tradición americana dentro del movimiento moderno.


Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas
Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas
Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas
Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas
Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas
Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas
Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: Benny Chan

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: Benny Chan

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: Benny Chan

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Fotos: David Glomb y Benny Chan

“La estructura de acero nos permite más flexibilidad para crear transiciones perfectas entre espacios interiores y exteriores, por medio de amplias superficies acristaladas y plantas diáfanas. Este énfasis en la vivencia de la continuidad interior-exterior era ya central en nuestras viviendas construidas in situ.”

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Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

Marmol Radziner + Associates | Foto: David Glomb

Los diferentes modelos, que varían en superficie y comodidades, pueden ser configurados y personalizados en el sitio web, eligiendo materiales de acabado y accesorios opcionales.

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Arquitectura H - Artículos - Marmol Radziner + Associates - Viviendas prefabricadas

El estudio Marmol Radziner + Associates realizó la restauración de la casa Kaufmann, de Richard Neutra.

Marmol Radziner + Associates

Fotos: David Glomb y Benny Chan

Press release
(October 20, 2005–Los Angeles, Calif.)

Owning a modern home just got easier with the opening of Marmol Radziner Prefab, a new venture launching today by architecture and construction firm Marmol Radziner + Associates. The architects are now offering modern prefabricated homes to potential homeowners in search of a modernist residence without the hassle of the traditional custom site-built options. Principals Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner discuss their latest endeavor:

Q: What is Marmol Radziner Prefab’s offering?

Leo Marmol (LM): Our firm is offering prefabricated modern homes that provide a simplified solution for potential homeowners who are looking for a modern home without having to be involved in a traditional site-built process. The homes are available in three floor plans for one- and two- bedroom houses, and we are also designing additional models of larger homes. They are fabricated in our own factory and delivered complete with customized interior and exterior finishes. Marmol Radziner Prefab is a natural extension of our firm’s long-standing approach that combines design and construction. Because we fabricate and handle all aspects of our work, we are responsible for everything we build and can ensure a high level of detail and quality for the homes.

Q: Who is the ideal Marmol Radziner Prefab customer?

LM: Our ideal customer is someone who is looking for a modern lifestyle, but cannot afford to buy an original mid-Century home or to commission a custom site-specific modernist home. Many potential home-owners have approached us over the years disheartened by the lack of suitable modernist housing stock within their price range, so we wanted to provide a broader and more accessible way to live in a modern environment.

Other potential home-owners have approached us with the desire to build a vacation home in less-developed locations, such as the desert, but they said they had difficulty finding a local contractor with the capability or desire to build according to more exacting standards required by a modernist design.

Q: With numerous other existing prefab companies available, what is Marmol Radziner Prefab hoping to accomplish?

LM: The largest prefab companies in the country all produce primarily traditional homes that do not follow a modern aesthetic. Amongst the smaller companies that create modern prefab residences, nearly all produce panelized homes, or a “kit of parts,” that must be assembled on-site. These panelized homes require much hassle, like hiring an electrician or plumber, or an outside construction company to install the prefab modules.

In order to provide the home buyer with greater ease in getting a prefab home, Marmol Radziner Prefab is trying to provide a comprehensive prefab program. Our homes are fabricated entirely in our factory, so each module is shipped fully constructed and finished, including all paint and material finished as well as technical details such as pre-installed electrical circuits, plumbing and flooring. Installation onsite takes just one day.

Through our website and working with Marmol Radziner Prefab, a potential homeowner will know exactly how much the house will cost based on their selections among various configuration options. The homeowner can also select from a menu of installation options that vary in how much we are involved.

Q: How does controlling every step of the prefab process influence the overall design of the Marmol Radziner Prefab home?

Ron Radziner (RR): Our steel-framed prefab homes are unique in both their durability and design since traditionally the house-building industry supports the construction of timber-framed homes. In addition to structural strength, the steel-frame structures allow us more flexibility to facilitate seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces through features such as wide expanses of glass and airy floor plans. This emphasis on indoor/outdoor living has been central to all of our custom site-built homes, and we feel that by working with steel frames in our prefab homes, we can create designs that express our modernist sensibilities.

Q: Why would someone choose to buy a Marmol Radziner Prefab model instead of using a traditional client-architect-general contractor model?

RR: We set out to meet a certain market that could not afford a custom site-specific home and for those potential homeowners who desire a modern home in remote locations. In both situations, potential homeowners would have limited access to a traditional modern home based on pricing and availability of good, local general contractors.

Also, purchasing a prefab home is a much quicker process than commissioning an architect to design a site-specific home. Unlike a site-built home, prefab house construction and site preparation occur simultaneously, significantly reducing construction time. By keeping the entire manufacturing process under one roof, we streamline production while ensuring that structures and details meet our high standards.

Q: What is the ideal site location for a Marmol Radziner Prefab house?

RR: Our prefab homes can accommodate most sites, though the total cost is lower if you build on a flat or gently sloping site. A hillside or otherwise “sloped” site may still be workable with proper preparation and additional construction. Access roads should be wide and primarily straight, and your site must also have a flat, 50-ft. radius “staging area” to park the crane, which will lift your modules from the delivery truck and set them on your property. Depending on the installation option you choose from Marmol Radziner Prefab, we can help determine the feasibility of a potential site.

Q: Tell us about your prototype model, Desert House.

LM: The Desert House is a private residence constructed for myself and my wife Alisa Becket as a vacation home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Located on a gently sloping five-acre sandy lot, the prefab house is oriented to best capture remarkable views of the San Jacinto mountains. There is about 2,000 square feet of interior space, and the house also has extensive covered outdoor living areas.

The house utilizes four house modules and six deck modules. Indoor and outdoor living spaces blend seamlessly. The guest wing, which features a guest house and studio space is connected by a covered outdoor walkway. Exterior spaces include a swimming pool, a fire pit and outdoor sitting areas.

The Desert House generates its own power from solar panels, while overhangs shade the house from the harsh summer sun. During winter, concrete floors absorb solar heat to help to make the home more sustainable.

Q: Is the Desert House a particular Marmol Radziner Prefab model, which other potential homeowners can purchase?

RR: The Desert House is a prototype upon which we based three separate floor plans, ranging from a one-bedroom model with 1,000 square feet of indoor and exterior deck space home to a two-bedroom model with 1,570 square feet of interior and exterior space.

Q: What are the retail prices of the three floor plans?

LM: The base price for the one-bedroom model is $215,000 and the two-bedroom models are each $295,000. These base-prices include all standard features, and depending on the options you select when customizing the materials, appliances, and fixtures, the cost of the home would change accordingly. We also have three installation packages to help potential homeowners with securing permits, preparing the foundation, and installing the prefab modules. If you choose to have us help with these aspects of the home, the basic plan starts at $40,000 for delivery and final installation and goes up to $110,000 to have us take care of essentially all technical and planning aspects involved in getting a prefab home.

Q: Are your prefab homes available for use in states outside of California?

RR: Our prefab models are pre-approved for use in California. Our goal is to secure pre-approvals in the majority of US states. At the moment, we can work with out-of-state potential homeowners in securing permits on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Give examples of Marmol Radziner Prefab finishes, kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures.

RR: We offer a variety of finishes, appliances and fixtures. Potential homeowners can select from several options to “customize” their own prefab home. For instance, there are six types of walnut, oak and bamboo flooring available. In the kitchen, there are various Bosch and Sub-Zero models available, as well as teak and walnut custom cabinetry. For the bathroom, you can customize the wood for the cabinets, the color of the wall and floor tiles, and even the model of Hansgrohe faucet for the sink.

Q: Is your program flexible enough to customize the prefab layout of any Marmol Radziner Prefab model and their interiors options?

LM: If a potential homeowner feels like none of our models fit their needs or site, we are happy to work with the homeowner to customize the layout and interiors. We would then enter into a design contract with the client and work to develop a custom prefabricated home suited to their needs and site conditions.

Q: How long does it take from placing an order to moving into a Marmol Radziner Prefab home?

RR: It takes between six to eight months from the time the order is placed to moving into a Marmol Radziner Prefab home. Delivery and installation of the prefab modules requires only one day. An additional two to four weeks is required to finalize the installation, including hooking up the utilities and sealing the floor, wall, and roof joints where modules connect.

Q: How can one learn more about Marmol Radziner Prefab?

RR: You can visit www.marmolradzinerprefab.com. We know that building a prefab home involves many stages of design, fabrication, preparation, and installation. The Marmol Radziner Prefab website lays out simple step-by-step guidelines for building a prefab home, ranging from choosing custom design options to obtaining site permits and preparing the site for delivery. The website allows you to customize the homes, with immediate detailed cost estimates and visual renderings for each design choice. You can experiment with different design options and email potential designs to friends.


About Marmol Radziner + Associates

Established in 1989, Marmol Radziner + Associates is an award-winning Los Angeles-based architecture and construction design-build firm that integrates architectural design with a full range of construction services, including custom cabinetry and specialized metal work, as well as furniture design and fabrication. Projects range from high-end residential architecture for clients such as Tom Ford, former creative director of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, to community-related civic buildings, including The Accelerated School, as well as award-winning historic restorations such as Richard Neutra’s Kaufmann House in Palm Springs. Its work has been featured in The New York Times, Architectural Record and Wallpaper.

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