The house is basically split into two areas, with the kitchen units built into the frame of the building. Very efficient appliances have been chosen, and the kitchen remains sparse but functional -- this aids with the prefabrication of the building. Directly behind this unit is the shower and toilet, so the plumbing is kept as simple as possible. A grey-water recycling system is located directly below this central unit with the intention of reducing water usage.
Constructed from scratch in just under two weeks, the elegant but strong form of the Para Ecohouse creates an impressive dwelling for a couple to live comfortably in a sustainable manner. The simple architecture of an encased inner hub and a modular bamboo frame can easily be replicated and arranged into different schemes. Here, the design is both viable for mass distribution and remains flexible enough to customize to create a unique structure.
The home pays respect to the Daoist principle of balance, bringing together passive and active forces which are represented throughout the house. Energy creation and efficiency measures becomes a source of pride for the Tongji team. However, the self-sufficiency ethos of the design is intended to reference autonomy, and residents are thus placed in line with western philosophy emphasizing the individual. (Who knew one prefab house could be so deep!)
By glance, the resulting structure is both sturdy and beautiful, and it finds a perfect harmony between the man-made and nature.
+ Tongji University Para Ecohouse
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