The Taliesin Mod.FabTM

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The Taliesin Mod.FabTM

The Taliesin Mod.FabTM  by Lindal Cedar Homes is an example of simple, elegant, and sustainable living in the desert. The one-bedroom, 600-square-foot prototype residence relies on panelized construction to allow for speed and economy on site or in a factory.


It can be connected to utilities or be “unplugged,” relying on low-consumption fixtures, rainwater harvesting, greywater re-use, natural ventilation, solar orientation, and photovoltaics to reduce energy and water use. The structure is dimensioned and engineered to be transportable via roadway.

The Taliesin Mod.FabTM was designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture with the faculty guidance of Michael P. Johnson and Jennifer Siegal, project manager Christian Butler, recent M.Arch graduate, and assistant project manager Nick Mancusi, current BAS student.

You can view more pictures of this home at the Taliesin Mod.FabTM site.

Photo Credits Bill Timmerman

Illustrated Floorplan (Mod)



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Kim - February 20, 2009 Reply

I’m loving this small modular home.. Beautiful! I’ve always thought a sleeping space should be separate from the main areas of the home like this one is.

I love it!


P.S. Great blog too. You are king!

    Kent - February 20, 2009 Reply

    I really like this one too! I hope they bring it to the public in the near future. It looks fairly simple to build, they just need to find someone to manufacture it.

    Thanks for the kind words about the blog 🙂

    Kootenay Mum 3 three - September 25, 2009 Reply

    That’s fine if you live somewhere warm, but try walking through that breeezeway in January in a colder climate! I wonder if htey can enclose the breezeway? Or just eliminate it?

E4h - February 20, 2009 Reply

I would like to see this Taliesin home adapted for a muti-story/multi-unit mid-rise for urban living (similar to the shipping container hotel/condo)… It looks like a great floor plan and much more usable space than my old 800sf condo had in Milwaukee.

Ella - June 28, 2009 Reply

you know what? The kitchen and the bathroom, specifically the TOILET are too close for my comfort. I think this house would be lovely for a minimalist neat freak.. but for us collectors, it just doesn’t quite cut it. It’s a beautiful home.. but not a realistic one. It needs more shelves, nooks and crannies. Everything is very out in the open.

Lee - September 30, 2012 Reply

I am interested in what this cost per sq ft to build, from experience a smaller well designed home can easily reach $300 per foot making this cost nearly $180,000. Not a bargain for everyone. Taliesen does have a vast network of free labor (students) which combined with free materials from suppliers (for publicity) might give the illusion of affordability. More information on cost would be very insightful and I would like to hear that my valuations are incorrect. As for the floor plan:

1. Would leaving the bedroom in the middle of the night going outside and back inside again to take a whizz be refreshing?
2. Where do we wash our clothes?
3. Is an under-the-counter fridge ever a good idea unless its a mini bar?

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