065 - Be a part of the nature
The aim of this draft is to develop a small-all-season shelter wich adapts itself to the surrounding nature. Two cubes which are leaning upon the rising topography form the elementary concept. The interior includes an area to sleep and an area to live, rest, eat and work. The living area is placed on the lower and the sleeping area on the upper level. A stove is placed in the middle of the shelter. The minimalist interior of the building allows two persons to live deep in the woods and become a part of the nature. The building cover is formed by both cubes or a direct connection of the external edges (roof).
Due to the body proportions prefabrication of the complete shelter is possible. Furthermore the shelter is not bound to a certain location. It can also be moved and replaced in other sloped locations. The material, primarily intended to the use, is wood. The construction is planned in timber frame construction. The cladding is also wood. This wood cladding can be made of recycled materials (old pallets, cable drums, if available). To preserve the wood, an ancient Japanese exterior siding technique (aka. Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi) should be used. This technique preserves the wood by charring it. The interior cladding is also made with recycled materials (old pallets, cable drums). The isolation between the timberframe construction is straw insulation. As roofing a planting with moss is provided. Ready-cultivated moss mats are mounted on the sealing surface.
The main energy source is a wood stove. This is placed in the center of the building. This position ensures optimal heat dissipation. A highly insulated building envelope ensures a very low thermal energy loss. The ventilation concept is enabled by the vents of the windows and doors and makes airflow possible. By opening the window on the lower level and opening a ventilation flap at the highest point of the building natural ventilation is created. The electricity is generated with photovoltaics on the roof.
Through the use of recycled materials a sustainable construction is guaranted. Furthermore, mainly natural materials, like wood and straw, are used. These materials have a relatively low proportion of "gray energy".
In order to keep the costs as low as possible recycled materials are also provided. The cladding is planned by using wood from recycled pallets or cable drums. The material costs for these are probably comparatively very low (availability?). In order to produce weather resistance with these materials, a natural carbonization treatment is provided (Yakisugi). Since this technique could possibly be carried out on the construction site or during construction, it will incur no direct material costs (except gas for the burners).
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