The Refract House by Poritz & Studio

The Refract House is an 800 square foot (74 sqm) modular home that was approached with the key question being how to find the balance between performance, aesthetics, and modular construction.

Refract House integrates optimal solar systems with optimal living conditions. A house designed to be self-sufficient does not have to trade its livability for sustainability.

Floor Plan courtesy Poritz and Studio

Refract House integrates current environmental and sustainable technologies, while providing optimal living amenities. Combining a modular, prefabricated, and potentially aggregated living unit, Refract House achieves a high level of architectural and technological integration in a high performance dwelling.

Images courtesy Poritz and Studio


  • Location: Modular, Assembled in Washington, DC
  • Year: 2007-2009
  • Size: 74 sqm. 1 Bedroom 1 bathroom
  • Construction Budget: $500,000.00
  • Project designer: Aaron Poritz
  • Project team: California College of the Arts
  • Engineering: Santa Clara University
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