Eco Village Modeled on Coral Reefs for Haiti

February 17, 2011 / 1 Comment

Life is springing back to life in Haiti, so is the field of architecture. The most noteworthy thing in this regard is that Vincent Callebaut has succeeded in making a path breaking concept into reality. Callebaut has designed what known as the eco village in the country. The villages are supposed to be carbon neutral, thereby making it suitable for the eco-friendly tag. Altogether, the building is an artificial pier on seismic piles in the Caribbean Sea.

callebautcoral Eco Village Modeled on Coral Reefs for Haiti

The most amazing fact is that the concept is inspired by the organic form of coral. The Coral reef, according to the designer, is a plug-in matrix that could accommodate 1,000 Haitian families.

The structure is located off coast of the mainland. The prefabricated modular units can be fit into a wave-like matrix that fulfills the requirement of more space. Moreover, it is designed in such a way that each family residing would have a plot of land to grow own food. Thanks to the modular units’ configuration.

As for the eco-friendly elements incorporated in the building, the passive home, based on the passive house standards, would minimize energy usage. The renewable energy sources such as thermal energy conversion under the pier, marine currents, vertical axis wind turbines, and solar photovoltaics are responsible for maintaining the carbon neutral status of the structure intact.

Above all, a canyon flows between two rows of housing. It is filled with a tropical ecosystem which is aimed at the local fauna and the flora. It has learnt that this architectural marvel is also equipped with aquaculture farms and grey water recycling plants filter.

(via Inhabitat)