Plant Prefab, the first prefabricated residential design and construction company dedicated to sustainable building, materials, processes, and operations, announced today the Nest LivingHome toolkit, a scalable, multi-family housing solution designed with Brooks Scarpa. Plant’s first multi-family system, the Nest “kit-of-parts” is adaptable for a variety of different urban lot conditions and housing program needs.
The Nest LivingHomes toolkit is grounded in the belief that housing for the homeless should be scattered throughout regions, rather than having housing concentrated in one community. A main goal for the concept was to give homeless people a sense of dignity and shared social spaces on underutilized parcels of land.
“As the demand and cost for housing continues to rise, Nest was conceived to provide a scalable, cost-effective, high-quality solution to multi-family housing,” explains Angie Brooks, Managing Principal, Brooks Scarpa. “Like the nesting habits of birds, the toolkit is based on the different ways people live with the objective of giving everyone an affordable place to live.”
All Plant homes, including Nest units, are constructed in Plant’s custom homebuilding factory in Rialto, CA, which cuts the construction timeline in half and significantly reduces project costs. The Nest concept is based on the Plant Building System, Plant’s patented, component-based construction platform.
Nest LivingHomes won a $1 million grant from the 2018 LA County Housing Innovation Challenge, which sought projects that address the homelessness epidemic. The grant will support a development for the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, which is currently securing land for the project.
Nest will also be featured in an upcoming public exhibition at the 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery. DENSE-CITY: Housing for Quality of Life and Social Capital will run from October 19 – December 14 and feature models, plans, and drawings from two decades of Brooks Scarpa projects, including the new Nest LivingHome. Source by Brooks + Scarpa and images Courtesy of Plant Prefab.