Architect: StAndré-Lang Architectes
Location: Muttersholtz, Northeast of France
This beautiful compact and circular housing prototype has lately won the Archi<20 competition for inexpensive, sustainable architecture. Developed with a small budget of €7,000 (around $8,700), the 20 square meter house, which has been christened Tourner autour du Ried, lets in the natural light throughout the day. The circular home has a light shaft in the center, and the indoor set-up is done according to the Sun’s position and its daily East-to-West cycle. The sleeping quarters are in the east and a workstation and desk have been positioned towards the southeast. The south of the house features an open living area.
A garden at the center of the home brings the nature indoors. The most unusual and interesting architectural detail is the façade of the house that has been filled with corn cobs on purpose. The project focusing on the future of low-cost sustainable homes took one month to complete, and it doesn’t have any electricity, plumbing and other amenities. However, St. André-Lang cites that they are open for opportunities and hope to develop the concept on a large scale.