Last edited 04 Nov 2020

Open source architectural plans for modular buildings


[edit] Introduction

Architects might be the next vanguard of the open-source revolution. As a result, developers and will get more and more access to free, world-class plans, many of which are modular construction. It is possible to build some open-source projects in as little as a month by using prefabrication.

Prefab manufacturers can re-engineer many conventional architectural plans, open-source blueprints and models for prefab construction.

[edit] The Module House, by Tatiana Bilbao

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Paperhouses put free project blueprints from some of the world’s top architects online. Like all the models on the site, users can adjust The Module House on a Github forum as they see fit.


The original blueprint is for a 2064ft² house with three bedrooms. Its flexible design allows for wood or structural steel materials. This feature makes it perfect for light steel gauge frame or steel containers.

[edit] Xh system house, by Dekleva Gregori

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094 XH A01.jpgSlovenian firm Dekleva Gregori designed the Xh system house to be customisable. The plans can just as easily make a simple cottage as a sprawling resort complex. Manufacturers can create individual units in a wide range of sizes. They can also be combined, or furnished as complete spaces on their own.

[edit] Monterrey, by Elemental


Elemental has extensive experience developing social solutions and low-cost housing. The houses in the Monterrey duplex are 40m², but builders can expand them to 59m² or 76,5 m².

Elemental built the original model in 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico. The structure is an affordable solution for developers who need high-occupancy housing quickly.

[edit] The Bolt House, by Panorama Arquitectos


Panorama Arquitectos designed the Bolt House for sloped areas. These stylish modular house designs can boost a plot’s value. They’re also great for those looking to save money on a new home without compromising quality. The design doesn’t need to be re-engineered for modular construction.


[edit] Villa Verde, by Elemental


Elemental makes the list again with the Villa Verde, which you can construct wholly or build in parts. An expanded Villa Verde house is 85m² and is higher-end than the Monterrey model. Elemental created the original in Constitución, Chile.

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You can download the plans from the websites linked above, or from this Evernote page.

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