This competition entry for the design of an affordable “Green” home in Chicago was selected from over seventy local and international entries. The project explores the concept: To be sustainable the house must be accessible; to be accessible, the house must be sustainable.
The winning scheme is accessible in the broadest sense:
- Economically accessible
- Accessible for non-traditional family structures.
- Accessible for people with disabilities.
By focusing on issues of indoor air quality, the design specifically addresses the needs of the fastest growing group of people with disabilities: Those who suffer from extreme chemical sensitivity.
This built home will serve the city as a prototype. In cooperation with NHS (Neighborhood Housing Services), the home will be built on multiple sites in Chicago, creating a new, healthy, flexible, sustainable form of affordable, single-family housing.