architecture : urban : visual culture

MILD HOME concept

The basis of the idea was the hall structure. It is cheap, prefabricated, easily-constructed and reusable. 

Principles

  • Compact, sustainable public housing. 35-50 flat/ha (Farr, 2009)
  • Small, flexible, freely variable living unit.
  • Differentiated outdoors using transitional spaces. (private, half-private, public)
  • Creating-community — building living units instead of solitary ones. Community awareness.
  • 'Spaces' for interaction – common management, possibility for building together, common outdoor spaces.

Analysis

For the optimisation of the main geometry and the used materials different building types were evaluated according to ecological and economical aspects. Solitary, and horizontally and vertically arranged buildings were examined.

For the building materials, life-cycle analyses were made. For the assessment of local characteristics, 'low cost', 'do it yourself' and 'nearly-zero energy' were also considered.

The results pointed to horizontally-arranged houses in the geometry. The most economical building materials were straw bale covered by clay plaster and filled between prefabricated wood-holding structures. Other materials used were minimalized.

MILD HOME concept

The basis of the idea was the hall structure. It is cheap, prefabricated, easily-constructed and reusable. 

According to our analyses we defined the use of straw bale houses arranged horizontally as basic elements.

The biggest enemy of straw is moisture. By choosing an optimal size for the hall-structure, protection against rain is ensured, furthermore we gain useable roofed outdoor space.

The roof provides weather–independent building and straw storage possibilities.

 

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