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Low Cost House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Low Cost House by Vo Trong Nghia Architects | Art and Spaces | Scoop.it
Vo Trong Nghia Architects address the housing crisis in Vietnam by introducing modular homes that are cheap and easy to assemble.

 

Vietnamese studio Vo Trong Nghia Architects plans to address the housing crisis in Vietnam by introducing modular homes that use cheap local materials and are easy to assemble.

 

Housing areas in the country have been expanding at a rapid pace over the last ten years but according to the architects many families still live in houses that have less than ten square metres in floor area.

 

The architects came up with a concept for a house with a lightweight steel structure, before building full-size prototypes of a house and office with layered walls of corrugated polycarbonate and bamboo.

 

“If we make the house with concrete and bricks, which is the most typical structure in south-east Asia, it can be very dangerous even though the house itself is strong, just because of the soft and weak condition of the ground,” said Iwamoto. “So we decided to design a lightweight structure within a squeezed budget.

 

On the assumption that bathroom and kitchen facilities will be located outside, the buildings are designed as single rooms where living, sleeping and dining areas are divisible through changes in the floor level or by drawing curtains.


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Ecobuilding: Cooper Point House by Mickey Muennig

Ecobuilding: Cooper Point House by Mickey Muennig | Art and Spaces | Scoop.it

74-year-old green architect mickey muennig is featured in this month’s wall street journal magazine. muennig was been building green-roof architecture for over 30 years in big sur, california. one of his latest eco-buildings is this one on cooper point, covered in a roof of wild grasses. while he has been a long-time eco-architecture practitioner, muennig remains an unsung hero of the green movement. the cooper point house is built into the landscape and features concrete walls on two side and all-glass walls in between. the green roof above is a continuation of the landscape that feature thick covering which helps make the house more fireproof and provides insulation. the home is ultra-efficient and runs off the grid thanks to a bank of solar panels. inside the home prominently features douglas fir beams that support the home with a large skylight to let in the natural light. the home covers 2,745 sq. feet with its 3 bedrooms. the profile of the home and muennig in this month’s wall street journal magazine is written by alastair gordon with photographs by simon watson.


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Angeles's comment, December 3, 2012 4:19 PM
Nice!!!!!!
archYable's comment, December 3, 2012 5:03 PM
Yes, it´s really interesting! Thanks