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Primary Habitat, Port au Prince, Haiti

Tuesday 22 Mar 2011

St Val Architect weaves new possibilities

Primary Habitat by St-Val Architect in Port au Prince, Haiti
laurent Saint-val 
Primary Habitat by St-Val Architect in Port au Prince, Haiti Primary Habitat by St-Val Architect in Port au Prince, Haiti Primary Habitat by St-Val Architect in Port au Prince, Haiti Primary Habitat by St-Val Architect in Port au Prince, Haiti Primary Habitat by St-Val Architect in Port au Prince, Haiti
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28/04/11 Yanick, Thomassin, Haiti
Je trouve le concept superbe. Cependant en Haiti il faut nécessairement poser la question:
Pour qui ce genre de construction est conçu?
En Haiti il faut une certaine évolution d'esprit pour comprendre un tel concept.

SUGGESTIONS: L'escalier pourrait etre encapsulé dans du verre ou du plastic fumé pour préserver l'intimité des chambres. La toilette est trop loin des chambres. Les Haitiens consomment beaucoup d'eau et fréquentent la toilette souvent la nuit. (le style de vie des Haitiens est à considérer)
Je vois bien cette construction au bord de la mer, Wouaww !!
Le mot chaudière a été mentionné dans le plan. De quoi s'agit-il? Haiti est un pays tropical.
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28/04/11 Yanick, Thomassin, Haiti
Vevy nice, however in Haiti, even among family members we love our privacy, apparently there is no privacy in this concept.
This concept could be a beach house, even though the privacy issue would need to be considered.
In Haiti we need normal, practical, anticyclonique and antiseisme houses with large windows because of the teperature.N.B. the first thing that we do in Haiti in the morning is to open all windows. It would be important to considere our life style.
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15/04/11 JD, Bozeman
Another example of architects being enamored with software which produces interesting design with no practical value. Haiti needs afforable housing that is able to be quickly constructed by a lay person or volunteer. Steel point connections supporting an exoskeleton of polygonal grids grants neither ease of construction or affordability, not to mention this is in no way transient as claimed in the quote. Are the concrete piers holding this balloon to the ground transient? hardly...An interesting design that would be better off on secluded tropical beach resort.
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29/03/11 jeff, Dubai/LA
very nice concept, just move stair to inside (or outside- but that distorts the exterior simplicity) perimeter to gain better floor plates. Love the natural organic look!
27/03/11 yrag, Philadelphia
This piece is brilliant and gorgeous for a eco-resort and absurdly ill conceived for Haitian housing relief.
24/03/11 Seattle Architect, Seattle
Really amazing use of structure and materials. There is that issue of privacy between the stair way and the bedrooms. So I'll assume that each residence is meant for a single family or that there will be a way to block off the stair from the room.

<a href="http://www.coatesdesign.com/html/codes">Seattle Architects</a> Coates Design specializes in green building and sustainable design.
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23/03/11 LSV, Basse-Terre
It's a modular project with a minimum area of 30 m2 floor by floor. The staircase is a central block which supplies the water and electricity project. This is a project that is intended to be occupied within a year. Bamboo is the ideal material for this type of situation, it is a more matéraix which is perfect in these seismic zones. A natural bamboo has a tensile strength of 4960 kg / cm against 4974 kg / cm for mild steel. Bamboo can withstand even 9212 kg / cm and its strength to weight ratio exceeds that of graphite.
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22/03/11 Rory, London
Has Ken Shuttleworth taking the Gerkin to Haiti?
22/03/11 J, aspen co
Another example of the risks of computer generated design, a beautiful shape, nice materials, but nobody can live in a drum! with the staircase in the middle there is no appropriateness of the space. Go wider and pace the stair more wisely, It may not be so "cool" of a shape, and it may not get published by hip digital magazines, but it could be inhabited
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Bamboo housing project in Haiti likened to a traditional artistic object 

Design studio St Val Architect has presented modest designs for a woven vertical residence in Port au Prince, Haiti. The refreshing concept is formed using the traditional art of basketry, weaving natural plant fibres from the local habitat moulded into a cocoon shape.

The practice compares the residential structure to the carving of a totem pole, noting the sacred correlation and explaining: “It’s an architecture that segments space and which translates well the transient character of these habitats.”

Plans for the structure suggest that its vertical nature will only have a minor effect on the devastated lands, and the potential to use natural and locally sourced materials is a sustainable alternative to rebuilding efforts.

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