Helen Morgan

$10,000 Puzzle Piece Home Made from Reused Wood Could Solve Affordable Housing Crisis

by , 11/11/13

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ECOnnect has developed an innovative puzzle piece home that could provide one solution to the current housing shortage. The Dutch studio created the home after a hurricane hit Haiti and hundreds of thousands of people were left homeless. Since then, the idea has evolved into a fantastic pre-fab home made from reused wood. Best of all, the home would only cost a family $10,000, and it could be easily and quickly constructed.

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The homes are made up of digitally fabricated sets of CNC-milled panels of reused wood, then waterproofed with nano-coating chemicals. As the pieces slide together (at three points) they create a bond strong enough that the building requires no other adhesive.

Each piece interlocks to assemble a full structure that ECOnnect architect Peter Stoutjesdijk says could be erected within just five hours.

Sound too good to be true? Take a look at this video of the post-disaster shelter being assembled.

+ ECOnnect

Via ArchDaily

Images via ECOnnect

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3 Comments

  1. jodyjohnsen December 22, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I love the principle but I’m concerned about the roof “wings.” Would that meet Miami hurricane code? If not it doesn’t make sense in Haiti either. But the idea is sound. The titled roof is brilliant. The homeowners could reclaim rain water. Tiny houses are wildly popular in green markets. I worry about the sealant on the wood but that could be green right? I love the idea, love, love, love it!

  2. Christopher Ebreo November 15, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Not resilient enough in tropical countries experiencing strong winds and typhoons.

  3. Antti Kotilainen November 11, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    OK, kind of a “band aid” solution, short term , I guess better than nothing, but the way to solve the overall problem of proper housing is a more equal distribution of income ( like as to how to divide the “pie” of world wealth ) so every one can “afford” what they need and like ! >. That is the question to be dealt with in long terms > NO > ?

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