Water, integral to the survival of the structure
itself, is the pulmonary system of the home,
circulating from the roof-top collector,
through human consumption, and ultimately
exiting via transpiration. A gray water
stream irrigates the gardens, and a filtration
stream enters a Living Machine, where it is
purified by bacteria, fish, and plants who
eat the organic wastes. Cleaned water
enters the pond, where it may infiltrate
the soil or evaporate to the atmosphere.
Water consumed by the vegetation
eventually returns to the water cycle through
transpiration, simultaneously cooling the
Plan of Water Cycle:
1. Washer, 2. Tub, 3. Sink, 4.Toilet, 5.
Living-Machine Link, 6. Garden, 7. Pond.
These dwelling are composed with 100 percent living nutrients. Here traditional
anthropocentric doctrines are overturned and human life is subsumed within the
terrestrial environs. Home, in this sense, becomes indistinct and fits itself symbiotically
into the surrounding ecosystem. This home concept is intended to replace the
outdated design solutions at Habitat for Humanity. We propose a method to grow
homes from native trees. A living structure is grafted into shape with prefabricated
Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) reusable scaffolds. Therefore, we enable
dwellings to be fully integrated into an ecological community.
Material Mosaic Triplex
50% Living House and contiguous
Credits: Mitchell Joachim
The three-dimensional form results
from landscape and climatic
vectors. The grid is encoded as an
interpretation of the climatic inputs -
solar path, wind forces, rainfall, and
ambient temperature - in reference
to human desired services – comfort,
light, air, water, and electricity.
Site plan/section: land and space
merge together in a 3’-2” x 3’-2”
Credits: Mitchell Joachim,
Melanie Fessel, Maria Aiolova.
We are committed to
promoting the principles of
ecotourism and responsible
travel. It is important to
determine if your trip
conserves and improves
the places you visit. These
mini-lodges are composed
of prefabricated pleached
structures. Each unit has
access to composting toilets,
gray water systems, and solar
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