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We show you the fantastic ecological tiny houses for refugees

We show you the fantastic ecological tiny houses for refugees

These social housing are transportable tiny houses designed by Spanish architects, they will serve as a roof for the refugees from Paris.

Hani Jaber Ávila, Héctor Muñoz Mendoza, Nacho Taus Jiménez and Ricardo Mayor Luque from the University of Alcalá, are the designers of this economic and ecological home. A kind of social "Tiny House". His architecture firm, DAT Pangea, has received an honorable mention in the competition for housing solutions for immigrants 'From border to home', organized by the Finnish Museum of Architecture.

“We knew it had to be an ephemeral dwelling, used by refugees while they get approval or not; that it had to be able to be built by themselves for its integration; and that later, through an Airbnb-style application, people will be able to offer their garden to host the house and host refugees there for a certain time, ”explains Ricardo Mayor Luque, one of the founders of DAT Pangea.

Characteristics of the property

The transportable ecological “mini house” for refugees designed by DAT Pangea. Photo courtesy.

It is a removable ‘tiny house‘, built on a trailer, measuring 20 square meters and 4.20 meters high. Its name, ‘In my Backyard’ (IMBY, ‘In my garden’), gives an account of the location for which it is designed and why it had to be transportable.

The distribution is simple, it consists of a loft-bedroom with space for a double bed or two single beds, a bathroom and a space on the ground floor of 12 square meters with a kitchenette.

“We needed something that, even if it was small, would allow us an interior architectural quality and important space. The result, thanks to its height, is a much richer space than many of our houses today ”, indicates Mayor Luque.

It turns out to be an affordable home in its construction, it costs about 20,000 euros. It is made with local wood, handcrafted in the Japanese style (wood burning). As insulation, cardboard is used, made up of two layers, with a corrugated inner layer that creates an air chamber, "a very cheap material but that performs much better than many of the insulators used in construction today."

The house is designed to incorporate solar panels and water recycling systems, which can reduce up to 80% of water use, but still do not provide the costs for its implementation.

Sustainability plan for housing. Image courtesy of DAT Pangea

Construction times

It is designed to be built in about two weeks by refugees and local workers in a 'fablab' -technological workshop based on the collaborative economy, local production and 'open source', digital platforms whose software is freely shared and distributed. -. The pilot project has been funded through crowdfounding.

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