The United Nations produced a Tiny Home
At the request of the United Nations Environment Programme and in collaboration with the Center for Ecosystems in Architecture at Yale (CEA), Gray Organschi Architecture developed a prototype for an eco friendly tiny home. With a total footprint of 237 square feet, the Ecological Living Module (ELM) has enough space to house four people. The structure is designed to be completely off-grid; harvesting it’s all its own solar power, recycling its gray water, and composting waste. The design team also wanted to reduce the amount of materials needed in its construction. The cultural implications of a structure like this means that it could be applied to urban as well as rural areas to provide proper housing for those in need.
The objectives stated by Gary Organschi Architecture for their ELM prototype have the environment and locational adaptability at the forefront:
“reduced energy needs limit the financial resources necessary to produce housing, renewable bio-based materials preserve rural landscapes and finite resources, and – if aggregated at a global scale – low-carbon residential development has the potential to dramatically reduce the effects of climate change.”
Over this past summer, the ELM was on display at the United Nations Plaza in New York City during the 2018 High Level Political Forum.
Watch the video above for to see the ELM in action and the click the thumbnails below for beautiful shots of the interior and exterior.