Resilient House Prototype

MAx, in collaboration with Kassandra and the University of Portsmouth, was asked by the governments of Dominica and Grenada in the Caribbean to provide guidelines for the improvement of resilience to climate change of buildings and communities on the islands.

Within the wider study carried out, MAx was tasked with developing a proposal for a high-resilience house capable of being completely self-sufficient for two weeks in case of emergency. The innovative design considers environmental and social resilience whilst allowing for simple modular construction that can easily be maintained or repaired. The proposed structure includes: an efficient dome-shaped structure tied to the ground is conceived to withstand high-velocity winds and avoid volcanic ash deposit; an earthquake-resistant reinforced concrete core, which acts as safe room; an integrated underground water rainwater collection tank and porches, providing culturally important social space, that can be closed in case of emergency.

In addition the relationship between buildings and between buildings and the environment was considered: via data analysis clusters of buildings are proposed that are separated by trees and vegetation placed at an optimum distance to provide shelter and food source, without posing a risk in case of extreme weather events.

Location:Dominica and Grenada, Caribbean