Joseph Sandy’s incredible Hybrid House design was recently honored as one of the winners of the $300 House competition, a contest launched by both the Harvard Business Review blog and Ingersoll Rand Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. Faced with the challenge to produce plans for a “simple dwelling”, Sandy developed an amazing idea that integrates recycled, low-cost materials into a simple, dignified and efficient home.

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Utilizing basic materials commonly found in slum housing – ply wood planks, earth, and corrugated iron – the hybrid house would be formed using compressed earth blocks around a lightweight wooden frame. Complete with operable wood shutters, the house would make the most of natural cross breezes, minimizing the need for air conditioning.

Sandy’s design demonstrates how materials seen in slum housing could be converted to make them more efficient and better formed by simply recycling materials and redefining their purpose. He states within his design that the cost of this basic strategy would be under $100 — a fantastic achievement for such a small budget.

But his ideas don’t stop there, with ambitions to reaching towards a greater community, Sandy suggests that individual houses could be clustered around central courts, each one containing communal facilities such as a solar panel, solar cooker, and a solar water purifier that drains to a communal planter in the center.

We can’t wait to see this innovative idea become a reality.

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