For this project I created a vision for the future of the Noordoostpolder where the development of new homes is integrated with nature inclusive agriculture. Embodying that vision, I designed a case study family home with an emphasis on bio-based construction and modularity.
Integrating new countryside homes with the future agricultural landscape requires a different take on designing and building these homes. To show what the future polder home could look like, I designed one single family case study house. This home answers to the changes in demand we are seeing in part because of the pandemic. The home makes sure that residents are in constant contact with the natural environment, it provides ample space and is home to a proper home office.
This home is the embodiment of the architectural and technical framework I designed in which future architects and residents will have to work within.
The framework prescribes slender pavilion-like structures lifted from the ground. All in order to create an overall lighter construction which results in reducing the lasting impact on the land.
These future countryside homes must also be constructed swiftly, which can be done with the use of prefabrication. This will result in less labor on site, fewer movements, less waste and an overal faster and cheaper construction proces. As a result, the home is designed with modularity in mind. This is visible in the three types of modules of the home. The single shed roof shape, an extended version and the two mirrored shed roofs.
The other emphasis is on bio-based construction. Not only did I become aware of the need for change in the agricultural sector, I also became aware that bio-based construction is the future. Not only is it significantly more sustainable, it also creates a healthier indoor climate.
To experience the full project, I highly encourage you to watch my film: ‘The Future of Countryside Living’ in which I explain all aspects of my project in a documentary style.
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