What you see above is an example of Public Architecture’s “1% for Habitat Initiative,” which involved the work of architectural firm el dorado inc with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to design and build a home that could surpass the organization’s strict design and sustainability standards. The result is this recently-completed prototype home in Kansas City, Missouri that features three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a flexible/modifiable layout (for both front-loaded and rear-loaded sites), and a slab-on-grade foundation that allows full ADA accessibility.
The prototype aims for a dynamic relationship between both indoor and outdoor living spaces, utilizing simple shading, orientation, and ventilation principles in order to maximize environmental responsiveness, and the garage and living spaces are positioned to establish a usable outdoor living room. The project also features a garden and water collection system to encourage residents to spend more time outside, reducing energy consumption and introduce/educate them to sustainable practices. This goes alongside Heartland Habitat’s mission to build simple and livable homes and communities for those in need.