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NC-office Designs Charming L-Shaped Self-Sustaining Homes For Haiti

by , 04/26/11



disaster relief, eco-design, sustainable design, green design, green architecture, self-containing modules, Miami, NC-office, Haiti, earthquake, 2010, solar panels, rainwater collection, self-composting

The small 8×8 modules consist of four rooms that form an L-shape. This allows the buildings to interlock repeatedly while also allowing for a small private garden. But the real beauty is that they are completely self-sustaining. A solar panel creates 1kW of clean energy, a cistern harvests rainwater, and the toilets are self-composting.

There is no glass in the design. Instead, the outer skin is made from magnum-board panels and the entrance is comprised of solid sliding panels and mosquito nets. Despite their size, the homes can withstand both wind and earthquake loads. The utilities are situated in one area to reduce plumbing and electrical conduits, and the home completely conforms to the surrounding landscape. At low cost, these attractive homes are an excellent antidote to disaster.

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Via Arch Daily

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