We will be exhibiting our first European Hex House prototype. The Hex House is ecologically responsible, off-grid, and low-cost home, designed to be shipped in pieces and easily assembled by its residents. It is a durable and dignified community solution for displaced persons as well as an affordable housing model. It has sustainable features like solar panels, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting, and biogas toilets.
In 2015, we developed the Hex House as a dignified solution to meet the basic housing needs of Syrian refugees at Zaatari camp in Jordan. While our main goal is to provide dignified housing for people displaced due to manmade or natural disasters, the Hex House is for anyone interested in living in a very nice small, off-grid home. The model can be adjusted to meet the needs of a range of populations from refugee camp residents to low, medium and high-income communities at urban and rural areas alike, in both developing and developed countries.
The Hex House can be shipped flat-pack to a suitable site and easily assembled by end-users with no prior construction expertise. If needed, the home can also be disassembled, relocated and reused. With passive and low-tech features and durability of exterior shell and base, it can endure extended occupancy of 50 years and more.
The inherent structural stability of the hexagonal form and the rigid construction of Structural Insulated Panels (SIP) preclude the use of added structural support. The wall and roof panels are designed to be self-supporting and when locked together with integral locking joints, form a rigid structural shell. The basic building components are aluminium extrusion for the base, and structural insulated panels for walls, floor and roof. The supports are height-adjustable to accommodate uneven terrain.
Rainwater is carried through an integrated gutter and downspout system. It is then collected in a tank beneath the home where it is stored for later use. In addition, there is also second storage tank for potable water. Both tanks are insulated by earth's natural thermal capacity and sheltered by the house itself.
Passive cooling and solar panels
There are two ventilation shafts on opposite sides of the house. Air is diverted by operable baffles in floor openings, travels up the shaft and out through registers in the space. The air then moves up through the space via the stack effect and is allowed to circulate above interior walls and out through an operable exhaust vent. Solar panels provide supplementary power for lighting and small electronics.
Within the first year and a half, our Hex House has received international recognition. In 2016, the UNHCR along with the IKEA Foundation ran the What Design Can Do Refugee Challenge. The design competition sought ideas "for accommodating, connecting, integrating and helping the personal development of refugees". We submitted the Hex House design, and it was one of 5 projects shortlisted from over 150 shelter projects. The Hex House was also the recipient of the 2016 BEST OF BEST Iconic Award for visionary architecture from the German Design Council. It was awarded with the ''Bronze title'' from the American Architecture Prize (AAP). The design has also been praised by a number of other online magazines, such as Dezeen and Inhabit, for its ingenuity and broad applicability.
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Sponsors: 3Draft; Aludon; Bouwkundig tekenburo H.J Penninkhof; Covestro; El Ramia Hamra; FF4Future; Frederiks Interieurs; Hout Decoratief Noord b.v.; Hygge Styling; Insite; JandexPol; Kozijnen & deuren centrum Ijsselmuiden K.D.C.IJ bv; Kraan Groenvoorziening; Ministerie van Defensie; No Fruit; Ostermann; Pfleiderer; Puren gmbh; RESTORED; ROC Friese Poort; Rockpanel Rockwool Company; Ruukki SDS Ommen Systemen en Projecten B.V.; SIP Construct; Solar Tecno; Spitsberg; Thijmen van der Steen; Yumeko
Organized by Architects for Society
We are a nonprofit design practice with a mission to enhance the built environment of disadvantaged communities through innovative architecture and design. Our founders are experienced architecture, art and design professionals from the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East and India. Together, we have decades of experience in design education, research and practice, including production of dozens of projects that have given tangible physical and social benefits to individuals and communities across countries and cultures.
We are looking for partners to create buildings and environments that are not only cost-effective but are well-designed, contextual, beautiful and sustainable.