It is rare in Ghana to come across a sustainable house, or even just a house that’s designed to be more eco-friendly than the average home. Ghana emitted 59 million metric tons of carbon emissions in 2011, which is a huge amount considering that it isn’t a very large, or densely populated country. There is so much potential for eco-friendly homes in Ghana, for example cargotecture. Shipping containers are extremely common as there’s a big port in Ghana. They are so readily available that even some locals manage to get hold of them and settle inside of them as homes, or turn them into a small shop on the roadside. None of them are ever properly accommodated, and my project would consist of designing a cargotecture house. Additionally, homes in Ghana are extremely expensive for no reason and it’s hard to come across a nice house for a good price. The aim is to create a design that is sustainable, eco-friendly, minimal cost, and gives the best return on investment.
The users of this site would be any single or partnered person who is willing to change their impact on the environment, and live in a sustainable home costing much less.
A primary need for the users, would be a home that accommodates multiple people and includes all house functions and necessities. Also, it must be sustainable, therefore the house will mostly be made up of accommodated shipping containers that are repurposed to become a house. The house will include systems like reusable energy, and rain water harvesting in order to reduce the house’s carbon footprint. The house must have minimal cost, and materials and procedures that will not cause for the construction to be expensive.
Above is a bubble diagram of my needs and the layout
INSIGHTS AND INSPIRATIONS:
Specific materials will need to be used, for example the shipping containers along with the cladding and sliding for the outside of the shipping containers. A lot of glass would be used in order to maximize the use of natural light coming from the sun. The house will include several types of circulation through space for example the different forms of space, the configuration of the path, and the entrance.
This is my most significant inspiration to my design.
For the design, I kept in mind that the most essential part was to utilize space efficiently so I could keep it sustainable and affordable.
I decided to split the single 40 feet container like this:
- Central area
- Living room
- Dining area
Some additional features that would be included but cannot be seen are a rain-water harvesting system, composting toilet, run off water from sink or shower to flush toilets, and the house would be almost entirely solar powered with a backup generator.