Students and faculty members at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed a small house to assist deal with the city’s low-cost housing shortage.

Encompassing 500 square feet (46 square metres), the Backyard BI(h)OME is created to incorporate a bedroom, living space, bathroom, kitchen and dining room. The little property is meant to be erected in a homeowner’s backyard, exactly where it can be rented out or occupied by family members.

Backyard BI(h)OME micro home by UCLA cityLAB

“The minimal-value, reduced-affect BI(h)OME could serve as housing for an elderly mother or father, a returning school graduate, or a rental unit,” explained the college.

“Rather than requiring a mortgage loan, it could be leased, like a auto, so it is semi-permanent, can flexibly serve the demands of house owners for as prolonged as they want, and then be recycled or reinstalled.”

Backyard BI(h)OME micro home by UCLA cityLAB

The prototype was developed by college students and faculty at CityLAB, a believe tank inside of UCLA’s architecture and urban style division that explores concerns connected to urbanism, sustainability and infrastructure.

The idea was partly driven by the LA mayor’s contact for a hundred,000 new residential units to be developed by 2021. The city is amid the least-inexpensive housing markets in the US, in accordance to reviews.

Backyard BI(h)OME micro home by UCLA cityLAB

Nearly 500,000 single-loved ones properties sit within the city’s boundaries, and erecting so-referred to as “accessory dwellings” in the gardens of 20 per cent of those homes would meet the mayor’s goal, according to the school.

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“A single of the region’s housing options lies in our own back yards,” said the college.

Backyard BI(h)OME micro home by UCLA cityLAB

The designers also intend for the dwelling to attract animals. 1 wall can be transformed into an edible garden, and modular units can be extra to give homes for bats or birds.

The construction is composed of a steel pipe frame and a shear wall manufactured of timber. The exterior is clad in a “remarkably sound nevertheless light” skin composed of two translucent layers of ETFE, a variety of fluorine-based plastic. Sandwiched amongst the layers is a honeycomb formation of paper cylinders.

Backyard BI(h)OME micro home by UCLA cityLAB

Photovoltaic cells can be printed onto the outdoors layer of the building envelope, whilst LED lights can be integrated into the inner layer.

The property is developed to be mounted to a gabion-fashion basis, with posts screwed immediately into the ground. Due to the fact it consists of a composting toilet, the dwelling requires no sewer hookup. Water is provided through a standard hose.

Backyard BI(h)OME micro home by UCLA cityLAB

The residence is each easy to set up and eliminate, the college explained, and can be configured in myriad approaches to fit any backyard.

“The environmental impact of the framework above its whole life cycle is in between 10 and one hundred occasions much less than a typical auxiliary dwelling,” said the college. “The BI(h)OME demonstrates – in its design and style, fabrication, occupation and recycling – what sustainability means at a individual degree.”

Backyard BI(h)OME micro home by UCLA cityLAB

Other current styles for micro-homes include mobile dwellings that would move all around on Polish railway tracks and a three-metre-broad unit that rests on stilts in Hohenecken, Germany.

Photography is by Nico Marques/Photekt.

Project credits:

Concept development and executive producer: cityLAB – UCLA, Dana Cuff, Jonathan Crisman, Carla Salehian, Per-Johan Dahl
Architect: Kevin Daly Architects, Kevin Daly, Peter Nguyen
Structural engineer: Workpoint Engineering, Ben Varela
Industrial design: Kody Kellogg
Landscape design and style: Therese Kelly
Biodiversity and habitat: Jon Christensen, UCLA Inst of the Environment and Sustainability Ursula Heise, English
AUD Student Staff: Andrew Akins, Garth Britzman, Dee Chang, Katie Chu, Ciro Dimson, Adrien Forney, Kara Moore, Dami Olufoweshe, Lyo Liu, Trenman Yao, Sarah Sibohan Johnson, Mark Lagola, Nawid Piracha
Undertaking fabricators: Julian Daly and Max Miller
Custom carpentry and woodwork: CA Development, Carlos Grande
Envelope: Shrink Wrap Pros, Craig Keys
AUD fabrication Manager: Philip Soderlind
UCLA services management team: Leroy Sisneros, Coordinator, Erik Ulstrup
Pipe bending team: Blake Rainy, Carlos Rigual
Metal fabrication: Lorenzo Villanueva

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