Eco home prototype constructed in Kagala, India by Rintala Eggertsson Architects
An environmentally-friendly hut has been designed in Kagala, Karnataka in India. Entitled the ‘Hut-to-Hut Project’, the scheme was developed in a design and building workshop with Norway-based architects Rintala Eggertsson and students from the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway after a seminar on the future of tourism in the West Ghats area of India.
The two-hut compound, which measures 21m x 6.6m x 4.5m, features solar panels on the roof, which are projected to produce enough energy for the inhabitants of the building. A composting latrine has also been included which will provide enough bio gas for one household and rainwater collectors will supply water for the showers. Using the concept that the design had to be as an environmentally friendly as possible, locally-produced materials were used in the project, including using local stone for the kitchen work benches and toilets and renewable energy sources were also employed. This was in order to simplify the production and the long-term maintenance of the building.
Basing the design on the local building tradition of constructing a cluster of houses with a central shaded courtyard area where people can congregate, the structures are designed so that more huts can be added to it. This possibility of added buildings is made possible through the use of an orthogonal traffic system in the building. The hut will give the local population an opportunity to exploit the growing eco-tourism market whilst preserving their local culture and enhancing traditional building practices.
Carried out under the authority of the Panchabhuta Conservation foundation, the prototype is situated by the Western Ghats, an area of incredible biodiversity with 5,000 plant species, and 508 bird species.