In Seattle, a wood-frame apartment building with parking is $130,000 a unit. It also takes an interminable 36 to 40 months for design and construction.
Next week, a company called Sustainable Living Innovations will introduce the new future of the urban built environment: the prefab skyscraper.
SLI’s building costs the same—but it can be designed in less than 20 months. So for the same price as a building featuring a wood frame, vinyl windows, a popcorn ceiling, and an ugly beige carpet, SLI can build a steel-framed building with concrete floor slabs and ample natural lighting, right out of an IKEA catalog.
Looks like I’m moving to Seattle.
In all honesty, the design is flawless, so don’t get me wrong. My concerns are the building structure and coding for the house. To live in a place of luxury, you must define luxury. In other words, it a house isn’t a house if it burns down, right?
Chances are the home is worth 130k. But I wanna take the chance of living here for 10+ years.