Industry disruptor Robbie Antonio is changing the housing industry with the help of some famous faces.
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A global supplier of prefabricated designer homes, pavilions and other structures, Revolution Precrafted is at the top of its game. Barely three years after its launch in 2015, it has become the leading branded prefab company in the world.
In creating their limited-edition properties, Revolution Precrafted has enlisted the talents of around 80 ‘revolutionaries’. Some of the world’s top creatives, they include Pritzker
rize-winning architects Jean Nouvel, Paulo Mendes da Rocha and Christian de Portzamparc, and world leaders in their own industries, such as musician Lenny Kravitz, designer Tom Dixon, fashion designer/film producer Daphne Guinness and supermodel/photographer Helena Christensen. Each has been commissioned to design a home that can be rebuilt anywhere in the world.
Revolution Precrafted’s concept has gained massive appeal since it began, so much so that the company has claimed the vaunted ‘unicorn status’ – a moniker reserved for companies valued at more than a billion dollars. With projects already rolling out in 27 countries worldwide, Revolution Precrafted has plans to launch in New Zealand and Australia.
The business’s Philippines-based founder and CEO Robbie Antonio is the visionary behind it all. Utilising his existing ties to Century Properties, one of the Philippines’ leading real estate companies, he decided to challenge the status quo and carve out a new niche. After launching several condominium towers in the capital, Manila, he opened his mind to designer prefabs – and the rest is history.
Each of Revolution Precrafted’s homes has been designed at a fraction of the budget many of the big-name revolutionaries are used to working with. “I wanted to address the need for housing with superior and affordable design,” says Robbie. “With so much creative vision in the world, I knew I could harness it and bring it to the building industry.”
Revolution Precrafted now has projects in Asia, Europe, Africa, and North, Central and South America, and it won’t be slowing down anytime soon. “We want to enter markets that have a high affinity with prefab structures,” says Robbie. “We want to offer something new, and we’re confident we’ll be able to secure great projects in Australasia.”
On the following pages, you’ll find some of our favourite Revolution Precrafted properties – all of which we’d love to see here in New Zealand. Two are glass and timber structures with an eco appeal that would blend in with and amplify the beauty of our rural and coastal landscapes, while the others are shapes that could redefine urban living in our population-dense cities.
Eden by Marcel Wanders
A peaceful sanctuary, Eden has floor-to-ceiling windows and an extended roofline that connects inside and outside to create a generous living area. A row of Marcel’s signature columns casts shadows by day and lights up at night.
Dubbed ‘the Lady Gaga of design’ by the New York Times, Amsterdam-based product and interior designer and art director Marcel Wanders is known for creating sensory experiences.
Size: 90m² interior + 110m² deck
Delivery: Three to six months.
Butterfly House By Elizabeth De Portzamparc
This modular home can be assembled in any number of configurations. It features several elements of Elizabeth’s renowned style, including flexibility, lightness and movement. Forging a connection with the environment, the exterior timber allows light
to pass through and create dramatic shadows inside.
French-Brazilian architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc has designed such epic structures as museums, train stations and media headquarters in Paris, Monaco, Rio de Janeiro and Kansas City.
Size: 103m² interior + 156m² deck
Delivery: Three to six months
Polygon House by Eduardo Calma
Crafted from a single material held together on a steel exoskeleton, this home (pictured below and also available as Polygonal Successions, left) and its construction take inspiration from the efficiency of car manufacturing. Visually reminiscent of cut diamonds,
it has different facets that glow when lit from within. With leading paint technology, the insulated metal panels can be coated to repel heat, dirt and even sound.
Architect Eduardo Calma has gained a long list of awards for his luxe and enduring designs during his career in NYC, and has also been recognised in the Philippines, Japan and Spain.
Size: 97m² interior + 7m² deck
Delivery: Three to six months
Launched in December 2017 just outside of Manila, the Batulao Artscapes community
is Revolution Precrafted’s flagship project. A marriage of architecture, art, design and real estate, it embodies the company’s vision and is “the world’s first liveable art park”.
The community is made up of five villages: Curated, Cluster, Commune, Collective and Collection. Most of the estimated 8000 homes that will ultimately be built here are designed in collaboration with some amazing people: Lenny Kravitz, Helena Christensen, painter/stage designer David Salle, industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue and fashion designer Camilla Staerk, to name a few.
Built on a foundation of adventure, Batulao Artscapes also features museums designed by Pritzker-winning architects Jean Nouvel, Tange Associates, Christian de Portzamparc, Philip Johnson and Alan Ritchie, who have contributed new, fresh ideas for a new generation of homes.
SEE more of these amazing houses at: REVOLUTIONPRECRAFTED.COM