A shipping container home for the elderly in the Big Easy
Entries are requested for the design of an affordable single-family home that meets the requirements of USGBC’s LEED for Homes Platinum-level certification and contains between 720 and 880 square feet of living space. The client for each home will be an elderly individual or couple in the Broadmoor neighborhood of New Orleans. The home must be designed with this client in mind, as well guests and future homebuyers. Four home designs will be chosen: two student designs and two emerging professional designs.
Fabricated out of four shipping containers (1) 8’ x 40’ + (3) 8’ x 20’, this unit serves as a permanent home or as an emergency structure in hurricane situations. The use of recycled and reused materials are one of the major design decisions. Along with the use of shipping containers, all of the wood used in the design is reclaimed and FSC approved. Steel is used for the columns and connections. LEED certified materials are used for flooring, casework, and finishes. A major goal for this design is to maximize indoor/outdoor living space. This is achieved through the use of horizontal rolling doors to open up the containers. The outdoor deck features a dinning area, a wrap around front porch and access to the emergency platform that doubles as another outdoor living space. The butterfly roof is used as a rainwater collection system for irrigation of landscaping, a solar water heating system, and a solar energy collection system using solar panels. The roof enclosure is raised slightly to allow for the passage of hurricane force winds to flow under the structure. The roof transitions into a trellis that extends over the outdoor living area to provide solar shading and act as a structure for a living wall that provides privacy and additional cooling for the outdoor living area. ADA design standards are used throughout the house, including the wheelchair lift, all bathroom and kitchen fixtures as well as wider hallways.
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