June 1, 2011
Haiti Mountain Structure to House the Homeless
Miami-based firm, NC-Office is planning to provide shelter to those who live in disaster-struck areas, particularly Haiti.
A house archetype, which was conceived for Haiti, aims to help those who are in need of relief in terms of shelter.
The structure will be split into 4 modules, measuring 8’x 8’ which can each be used like normal rooms. The whole area is divided into a bathroom/kitchen area, a living/dining area and also has a sleeping quarter.
The plans also include an ‘L’-shaped porch around the exterior. This shape will ensure that each house gets its own garden area to relax in. Not only will the house provide shelter for those that need it, but it will also help to rebuild a sense of community for those that lost their homes in the Haiti disaster.
The homes are aimed at places that are particularly earthquake prone, and are built to be sturdy enough to tolerate extreme conditions.
The structures contain crucial 4”x 4” steel ‘H’ beams and columns, and the whole unit is believed to form a rigid box that will be positioned over a chain of stone walls. They will be able to tolerate high force winds and earthquakes to prevent the residents from facing the same problems as before.
Each house has a 1KW solar panel system built in which will take care of all the electrical needs, while a reservoir will collect rain water and will provide all of the water needed for the house.
None of the openings around the house have been fixed with glass, and instead feature sliding rock-solid panels, mosquito nets and ornamental metal grills for safety. Each structure is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, as well as have many safety-features intact.
Even though NC-Office has been kept Haiti in mind whilst designing the concept of the structure, it will ultimately be suitable for any areas that require shelter and sturdy housing to withstand any natural disasters.