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Open Source House Pilot
Cape Coast, Ghana
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A pilot housing design for low income communities.

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Category:
housing
Phase:
in use
Updated:
17 October 2013
introduction

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.

Pilot house

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cultural and social context

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.

Workshop

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materials and building techniques

The materials used are:
Rammed earth walls
Bamboo window coverings
Gravel foundation

Building process

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Building process

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Building process

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Building process

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Building process

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Bamboo window coverings

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Pilot house

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Building

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Overview of the facade.

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Overview of the facade.

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Details of the facade.

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Details of the facade.

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technical drawings
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Details of the construction.

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Details of the facade and roof.

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Layout of the building plot.

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Use of local materials.

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Minimalize energy, material use and waste.

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Passive energy concept.

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Modular structure.

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Modular structure system.

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Details of connection.

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Flexible and adaptable installation concept.

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Concept of open source share.

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