Open Source House has the aim to start a viable social business to provide affordable housing through sustainable design for low income countries. The project started with a design competition in which more than 3100 young architects from 45 different countries send in their 250 designs. All designs are shared online. The goal of the competition was to design an affordable, flexible and sustainable house.
OS-House aims to provide houses for those who cannot afford them in the current system. This target group is the lower middle class, like policemen, teachers and nurses. They have a steady income but in the current situation live in rented rooms or slums.
The materials used are:
Rammed earth walls
Bamboo window coverings
Description: A pilot housing design for low income communities.
Building status: in use
Construction period: July 2011 - November 2011
Location: Cape Coast, Ghana
Coordinates: 5°31'27.5'' N, 0°27'32.1'' W
Tags: bamboo, low income, local resources, earth
Project ID: 236
Published: 20 April 2012
Last updated: 14 June 2012
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