Volume Zero’s MicroHouse Competition
We are proud to congratulate BRW Team members Justin Zumel and Shuang Ding for winning 2nd Place in Volume Zero’s International MicroHouse Competition. This is a great accomplishment, and we are excited to celebrate them! You can read more about their winning entry below:
The challenge was to design a multi-family prototype unit that optimizes space for everyday needs. This project aims to deal with population density – specifically, it’s tie to plastic waste and poverty. The location is in Manila, Philippines, which has a population density of 119,600 per square mile; where millions of tons of plastic are being discarded in the oceans every year; and poverty levels on the rise. Sachets are one of the major sources of plastic waste – they cannot be recycled due to their complex makeup of aluminum and plastic. These bags, sometimes one-time-use bags, are then discarded and are considered invaluable to recycling plants and trash collectors. This was an opportunity to create a building cladded with what was once considered invaluable, valuable. With the use of prefabricated micro-homes, sachets, and the local building material of the Philippines – Bamboo, the Micro-housing prototype was created.
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