This Lightweight House was entirely Self-Built and made of Textile and Wood (and is mobile as well)
This house was self built by one person for his family of four, between the trees of an underused garden that was reactivated as shared, productive land.
Is it possible to build your dream home yourself, without compromising on your financial freedom, nor on the natural integrity of the site? The answer shown here lies in techniques that make construction very light, easy and accessible. And at the same time: beautiful and comfortable, all in a spirit of community, resilience and harmony with nature.
This wood-based construction is so light that it doesn’t need foundations. In fact, it is entirely dismountable, and assembled with the act of ‘unbuilding’ in mind. After a certain amount of time the structure will be taken apart, reused (or sold) for another project and leave absolutely no trace behind on site. The garden will be given back to nature.
This allows for an alternative approach to the notion of property. Rather than buying a vacant lot and ‘consuming’ it for its domestic needs, the couple partnered with the owners of an existing property (an old farm) in a win-win agreement to help revive the underused garden, restore the adjacent atelier and reconnect with the village. And so was the project founded on solidarity.
It was self-built without any heavy machines, with the help of family and friends. Applying the construction methods and materials commonly used in modern yurt construction: elevated wooden floor, modular structure with natural insulation, textile cover. The structural modules were prefabricated by a local yurt company, following their usual standards – but applying them in a radically new, creative way.
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