Habitat for Humanity Prototype Housing
Kansas City, KS | 2011
Public Architecture’s 1% for Habitat Initiative matched el dorado inc with Heartland Habitat for Humanity to design and build a home that surpasses the organization’s already strict design and sustainability standards. Our prototype features three bedrooms and two baths, in a flexible layout that can be modified to accommodate both front-loaded and rear-loaded sites. A slab-on-grade foundation allows for full ADA accessibility. We used simple shading, orientation and ventilation principles to maximize the dwelling’s responsiveness to the environment, and we positioned the garage and living space to create usable outdoor space. A garden and water collection system encourage families to spend more time outdoors, reducing energy consumption and introducing them to sustainable practices. The program aligns with Heartland Habitat’s mission to build simple, decent homes and communities for people in need.