This way out
Localization: Luanda, Angola
The boundary of the lot is the architecture itself. In human history, the act to bound a space represents the sacred area to live in-between.
The physical boundary creates an open space in which spread human relationships.
The aim of our project is to place the built elements in the center of this open space, to offer a new concept of modern urban dwelling by bringing the garden into the house.
The open spaces, thus, enter into the closed ones to fragment it into fonctional units.
The space between is not a residual space, but rather, it may be a substantial place: the “between” is a space permanently on the run.
Moreover, the spaces between the units take on a public/private role as community gardens and places of interaction between the family units and their neighbours. Thus, the void does not separate but joins.
The typological units itself provide great flexibility in term of configuration and placement, allowing each family to use them according to their own need.
The house becomes like a microcosm of a city; various and differents, complete with towers, streets and parks.
The principal building module is the wooden shipping pallets which are versatile, recyclable, sustainable, easily assembled and inexpensive.
Tarps draped over the basic structure or plastic corrugated sheets prevent water penetration until enough debris, stone, mud, earth, wood, corrugated metal or any other materials from the immediate surroundings can be gathered to fill the wall cavities and cover the roof.
The single basic unit structure can be built in less than a week for under € 3.000. The complete house can be built in less than one mounth for € 15.000. The rest of the Total Cost can be used to implement the house with solar and photovoltaic panels, micro wind turbines and water collection tanks.