S-House 2: Prototype For Inexpensive Shelter Houses Against Typhoons
Natural calamities are most often prevalent in Asian countries such as Vietnam, Bangladesh, Japan, and the Philippines. Third-world countries such as Vietnam and the Philippines suffer explicit hardships in times of disasters. The national government cannot fund billions for the destroyed homes and primary schools as well as personal possessions immediately after the calamity due to controlled financial reasons. For that matter, most of the underprivileged citizens who have suffered on a larger scale than their well-off counterparts are left homeless and unable to continue a healthy living, as well as education especially in very poor conditions. Moreover, health aids are given more priority than housing in disaster-prone areas, and even if this has been proven effective and beneficial for most, a lot of enraged citizens would still prefer to build another home they can call their own if given the chance.
This is where a Vietnamese architect, Vo Trong Ngia comes in. Ngia is the brainchild of the new, innovative housing prototype called S-House 2. This type of shelter is one the living trends swept by the likes of shipping container homes and the cargo homes. The house is entirely built of tough bamboo and coconut leaf which boasts that it can withstand typhoons, earthquakes, floods and the like, what's best is that it costs only a little of $4000.
he concept behind this is that Ngia and his architectural firm wanted to create a house that is tough enough and could easily be transported to different safe areas when calamities arise. With the financial depression into their consideration, his team decided that it must be built solely on sustainable materials and must be low-maintenance. Despite its solid exteriors, the house is made to be breathable with lots of windows and naturally spacious as it does not contain too many borders inside. The house can also be easily built by 5 people in 3 hours as it was initially conceptualized for its owners to have the ability to assemble and build it himself. Currently, Philippine and Bangladesh authorities are in the planning process of trying the house out in their home countries, but so far, no final decisions had been made yet.
This type of house really is an innovative model especially for those who live in calamity areas and are also experiencing financial hardships. To find more about the S-House 2, you may check out the 'Rappler' website below.
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