Eco-Cabins for Eco-Tourists and Urban Farmers

Design and Planning for Social Inclusion | Instructors: Emílio Brandão and Shea Hagy | Fall 2018

In Collaboration with Becca Arredondo, Aleksandra Pucołowska, and Hoda Rajabi Gajin

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The aim of this project was to promote sustainability and address biophilia by designing a temporary structure for urban farming and eco-tourism in a suburb of Gothenburg, Sweden. 

Modularity, personalization, and easy construction were the three main principles. The wood structure consists of three sectors which allow flexibility in the size of the space depending on the needs of the user.

 

The angle of the roof allows rain water harvesting and the usage of solar panels. Although this particular wagon cannot be used year-round, we considered passive design with the placement of windows and natural ventilation. A compost toilet is included as well. Modular boxes furnish the interior for flexibility and space efficiency.

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Main Frame

2 Sector Cabin

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This proposition best meets the needs of urban farmers. Indoor space utilizes two sectors of the frame which allows a covered outdoor area. 

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3 Sector Cabin

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This proposition best meets the needs of eco-tourists. Indoor space utilizes all three sectors of the frame which provides a larger indoor area for bigger groups. 

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Possible Interior Arrangements with Modular Boxes

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Integrated Energy Systems