An Icon of Sustainability
Casa Incubo is composed of eight shipping containers located in Costa Rica. Designer, Architect Maria Jose Trejos intended this house to be an ‘icon of sustainability’ with reducing its impact to the environment. Costs were minimized and the completion time was shortened by 20% by reusing transport objects. The high ceiling welcomes in cross ventilation and the west façade is glazed for natural light to enter during the daytime to lessen use electric fixtures during the day. Shipping containers can turn into ovens in direct sunlight, so the house is shaded by deep overhangs and bamboo screens. It also offers alternative means of getting downstairs in a hurry. Take a look at these photos and then tell us what you think on our Facebook Page!
Several considerations were taken into account so that the house had the least possible environmental impact, both in design and materials, as well as in systems for energy conservation. For example this was considered in the choice of materials, so that they are renewable, reusable or recyclable in addition to durable and low maintenance. Wood from the cedar tree was used in the stairs, and some other details of furniture in the house. The deck consists of certified wood from renewable sources mixed with recycled plastic, concrete floors and bamboo, among others. Additionally, the house has rainwater collection systems for toilets and irrigation, it is planned for solar panels, container doors were reused for most doors of the project, the hot water is solar-heated, cross ventilation is enough so that the home does not require air conditioning, and natural lighting makes virtually no electric lights necessary during the day.
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