Photo courtesy of Monolithic.com
Eventually we hope to construct larger homes for homeless veteran families. These Townhomes are designed using innovative techniques to achieve higher efficiency, safety, and comfort. The units are connected, using party walls to maximize space and minimize materials. Then, the vaulted roofs are covered with earth to add an aesthetic layer of natural insulation and rainwater filtration. And most importantly, the houses surround a public space with a playground and gardens, only accessed through the homes, and monitored by cameras.
photos courtesy of Monolithic.com
The Community Center Dome will be built first, in order to set up our staff offices, a kitchen and sanitation services for our residents in their first month, and also to provide an emergency shelter for the residents of the surrounding community, in case of a disaster that pushes people out of their homes and onto the streets. The Community Center will be the place to go for group classes, meetings with therapists and physical trainers, and recreation.
These cabins will be 20 feet in diameter (314 sq. ft.), including a furnished bedroom, bathroom, storage closet, and kitchenette. They are designed to house an individual veteran, or a single parent of a small child. These structures are very exciting to build, behold, and inhabit, and so simple to construct that we intend to train some of our eager residents to help construct additional cottages on the property.
After inflating a pneumatic formwork, known as an "Airform", the insulation is sprayed from the inside, then a reinforcing rebar cage is applied and covered in sprayed concrete [shot-crete], creating an ultra-strong and extremely well insulated shell. Due to the materiality and shape, maintenance, risk, and energy costs are minimized.