Friday, 10 September 2010
The AirDrop House is a sustainable housing solution for flood-hit areas which has been conceived by architect Andrew Maynard and his team. The tiny houses which are made from dried sponge-like material could be dropped onto affected areas by standard military aircraft.
As soon as they contact water these instant floating abodes expand up to a seven meters diameter from their original one-meter diameter. Slowly soaking up water, they swell into self-sustaining temporary houses. They come with embedded seeds that sprout over time to create a green roof, which becomes a food-producing covering.
To further waterproof and increase durability, the house can be rendered in available local materials, and each pod can be customized to allow different functions. These can then be assembled together to form complex local centres.
If left unrendered, the house will very slowly decay until it completely breaks down to become a fertile crop bed. By this time, locals have had time to re-establish their home following disaster.