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modular habitat

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mocoloco had a wonderful link this morning to a modular home designed for habitat humanity by students and faculty at auburn university in alabama.  the home has won an aia housing award for 2007.  the designhabitat2 house, as it’s called, was both designed and built by auburn students under the tutelage of professor david w. hinson, aia.  two factory-built modules at opposing sides of the structure were connected on-site by a central, site-built, portion.  as a habitat for humanity home is, this dwelling is modest; unlike most habitat homes, that tend to be standard cookie-cutter suburban tract homes, this one has a wonderfully articulated design.  i love the delicate nature of the butterfly roof at the central core.  it would be phenomenal if this was part of a rain water catchment system to provide use of greywater on site; unfortunately, i have no idea as to whether this is happening or not.  naturally though, the modular prefab nature of the dwelling makes it more environmentally friendly than typical on-site construction.  no word on other sustainable aspects of the home, if any, but i would suspect that the rest of the house is fairly sensitive to sustainable issues as most modular homes tend to be.  there are some wonderful construction photos available at the designhabitat2 website.

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19 March 2007 Posted by | architecture, green, prefab | Leave a comment