No Footprint House

Dealing with natural resources in a responsible way is crucial to manage the problematics related to human settlement, energy use and the built environment in order to realize an integral sustainable development. The No Footprint House (NFH) aims at contributing to such agenda; it is designed to provide a comfortable lifestyle in the Central American Tropics.

The building design is a low-tech response to the extreme climate and site conditions. Different spatial configurations, building sizes and material combinations can be assembled based on the NFH kit of parts. The open plan floor spaces are grouped around a compact service and storage core, a concept we developed with the Core House Toolbox. Additional to the core and based on user preference, a diversified set of furniture plugs can be placed alongside the inclined exterior facades.

Exploring the results of our research on energy efficient construction and bioclimatic architecture, the NFH is defined by its spacious roof overhangs, inclined walls, and operable facade elements that enable natural ventilation and shading based on the specific site parameters. Besides its low ecological footprint in terms of materials used, the NFH is completely de- and reconstructable (including foundations and building services) in order to truly minimize its impact on the environment at affordable cost.

Credits:

A-01 (Oliver Schütte, Mauricio Rodríguez and José Pablo González, Misael Rodríguez) with Luuc van Wezel

Structural and Mechanical Engineering: Consost (Pablo Mora, Jorge Barrantes)

Structural Revision: Ingeniería Cañas (Rafael Cañas)

Technical Advisory: STR (Nicolás Ramírez, Saray Gomez)

Location: Central America

Status: Concept Design

Year: 2014-2015