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This is an exciting one-week-project I did during my degree of Architecture. We were commanded to design an affordable house system suitable for… Read More
This is an exciting one-week-project I did during my degree of Architecture. We were commanded to design an affordable house system suitable for a whole family in Guatemala, Central America. It should cost no more than $1500 and would need to be adaptable to the growing needs of any family type. Furthermore, Guatemala is a common place for earthquakes, so the house must resist movements up to force 7 in the Richter scale. The solution is based on the cheapest construction material available, plain bricks, yet the final result doesn’t look cheap at all. I wanted it to feel like a home and not as a mere hut. So I did my best to achieve that homely, warm feeling. To cope with the earthquakes the walls are reinforced with steel every four rows of bricks. Even with that, they would only cost $8 per sq meter, as the manpower is rather cheap. The roofing is solved with vaults so that there is no need for a second material. To cope with the tension forces on the vault base, prefab pillars are used as braces, their ends cut to receive the brickwork reinforcement. Moreover, the space left by the vaults serves as a way for natural ventilation, very useful in such a climate. The rainwater is recollected in the top of the walls and conducted either to the courtyards or outside, by means of halved plastic tubes embedded in the mortar. Lastly, the plant is formed by a square grid, where different combinations of courtyards and inside spaces lead to different types of family needs. The courts are big enough for home farming. Medium: Adobe Creative Suite®, Cinema 4D® with Vray®, AutoCAD® and plastic models. Date: 2010 Read Less
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