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Rainbow Cottage

Rainbow Cottage (partial section view)

Specifications: 273 sq. ft. interior, 1 bedroom, 1 bath, Footprint: 16′ x 30′

Description: This design uses the same floorplan as Earthbag Vaulted Guesthouse. The main difference is the upper part of the vault is constructed with alternating arched layers of bamboo and bags of insulation (rice hulls, etc.). There are round stained glass windows, and colored bottles embedded in the end walls. Interior walls of earth plaster contain mica to reflect the light, thus the name Rainbow Cottage.

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Floorplan for Post-Tsunami Affordable Housing Project

Floorplan for Post-Tsunami Affordable Housing Project

This project was an effort to help those in need of shelter who were tragically impacted by the December 2004 tsunami. Unlike most other housing designs that have been proposed, this design focuses on low-cost, sustainable building materials and techniques, while also striving to make the homes tsunami, earthquake, and hurricane resistant.

Exterior view Post-Tsunami Affordable Housing Project

Exterior view Post-Tsunami Affordable Housing Project

You can read the entire report here.

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Transitional Earthbag Shelter

Transitional Earthbag Shelter

Specifications: 200 sq. ft. interior plus 520 sq. ft. covered porch, 30′ x 40′ earth plinth

Description: This is my proposal for the Shelter Coordination Group Cyclone Sidr to help Bangladesh, Myanmar, Vietnam and other low-lying countries who experience frequent hurricanes. The design is based on their research, but I have added my ideas using earthbag construction for the walls of the core house. The main idea is to enable people to rebuild in stages after a hurricane. Using earthbags lowers construction costs and provides superior protection against hurricanes, rain, heat, fire, noise, bullets and flooding.

More information here.

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This Emergency Shelter design is the result of collaboration between Kelly Hart and Owen Geiger. We came up with this design in response to a plea from aid agencies operating in Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake there. The challenge was to provide quick, safe, decent shelter with minimal tools and supplies to sustain life through the winter. Access to remote areas was extremely difficult, since many roads had been destroyed or blocked by landslides. Because of these and other difficulties, and the fact that winter would create a much more dire situation, fast easy-to-build temporary shelter seemed most appropriate.

Earthbag Emergency Shelter

Earthbag Emergency Shelter

For complete information, click here.

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