re:thinking homes

Designing buildings and living concepts in a people-friendly manner.


We are writing the success story of the future

Beautiful is what works. With this approach, the success story of prefabricated construction began in the 1920s. Craftsmen and artists came together in Dessau to combine their skills effectively. Under the name 'Bauhaus', the results are still regarded today as ground-breaking for the design of houses and their fittings.

Prefabricated house construction is a success story steeped in tradition

Already at that time, the demand to create alternatives to the elaborate solid construction was very present. The inspiration for easy and quick construction came from the USA, where the gold digger settlements were built from ›prefabs‹. The tradition of prefabricated construction goes back even further with the Japanese, who are known for high-quality minimalism and have been using standardised elements for house construction since the 12th century.

The Bauhaus project: Series production of architecturally sophisticated and functional prefabricated houses that are both aesthetically pleasing and affordable.

The Japanese house is the best and most modern that I know and really prefabricated.

– Walter Gropius

The value of a prefabricated house

After the Second World War, prefabricated houses in particular ensured that people in our homeland found a roof over their heads again. Many joineries specialised in lightweight timber frame constructions that could be erected quickly and inexpensively.

To create living space, however, quantity takes precedence over quality. A trend that the industry itself is countering: in 1989 it founded the ›Qualitätsgemeinschaft Deutscher Fertigbau‹ (QDF – the German Prefabricated Housing Quality Collective). Since then, binding guidelines have secured the value of German prefabricated houses and at the same time ensured that building projects are affordable for many people.


OIKOS stands for these quality standards, which ensure the long-term value of a prefabricated house. Our renowned brands Bien-Zenker, Hanse Haus and Living Haus are known for their high resale value in house construction. By relying on our brands Hanse Haus, Bien-Zenker or Living Haus, building owners ensure a high resale value for their property.

Re:thinking prefabricated house construction

The architecture of our houses is sophisticated and modern. We don't rely on what's in right now. Here, too, knowledge from industry 4.0 is used. With extensive data analysis, we identify sustainable trends and develop them in line with our brand concepts. As with the Bauhaus visionaries in the 1920s, our aim is to design buildings and living concepts that are geared to people.


Modern technologies, trend-setting designs

OIKOS uses the latest technologies and sets sustainable trends with its designs. The most intelligent building technology, innovative and sustainable use of materials and smart architecture ensure the future viability of our properties – whether it's energy efficiency, reusability of building materials or flexible use of available space.


The best minds bring the best solutions

In order to offer investors, builders and project developers the most innovative solutions, we bring the best minds together. An example: a style icon already today is the compact prefabricated house that our brand Hanse Haus built in 2004 in cooperation with Luigi Colani. Thanks to its design and technical sophistication, the house offers spacious and fully equipped rooms across an area of 36 square metres – more than a decade before so-called tiny houses became a trend.