Open kitchen and dining area with white walls and cabinets and large sliding glass doors.
Modern house on stilts built with prefab construction


Reaching retirement age often comes with the need to navigate options for senior housing. Some people choose to downsize into a stylish urban abode. Others join a community. One recently retired couple from Taiwan decided to go the rustic route and build a relaxing prefab retreat that cantilevers over a rocky hillside in the rural town of Nanzhuang.

Designed by Spanish architect Urdaneta Zeberio, the project came with a few constraints. First, the house had to be cost-effective (the budget was approximately $120,000). Second, it had to be easily buildable given its remote location atop a mountain. Zeberio scaled back his original design to create a straightforward floor plan with a gabled roof.

The house is propped up on stilts to overcome the sloped site and clad in slate-colored prefab metal panels. The metal framing of the structure was also prefabricated off site. Inside, the interior also opts for simplicity with white walls, pale wood floors, and a rectilinear layout accented by large windows that look out onto the mountains.


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A dining table faces a large square window with mountain views.
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A rectilinear house sits on stilts.
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A room with white walls and pale wood floors.
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A man sits in a woven chair outside a black house in the mountains.
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