Thursday Salute to Originals: Homebound

Italian architects design sustainable dwellings for climate migration refugees.

How long will it take to solve the pending housing crisis from climate migration? 200 hours per family.

That’s how long it takes Bologna-based studio Mario Cucinella Architects and their partners at a 3D printing studio called WASP to construct earth-structure domes with a low-carbon footprint they’re hoping could be used for just this purpose.

Each 60-square-meter space is made of 350 layers of coiled clay, forming a living area, kitchen, and sleeping quarters. With two skylights in each 4.2-meter tall domed ceiling, the humble interiors fill with natural light and views of the stars each night.

The goal of these homes’ design — a partial solution to both the issue of affordability and sustainability in the face of the climate crisis at hand.

While home design alone cannot solve the pending problem of families displaced by a warming climate, actionable plans for zero-waste construction for those impacted are a wholesome starting point.

This Thursday, we’re saluting the architectural collaboration between Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP. View a larger sampling of their climate-focused projects and how these domes are constructed with 3D printing on Instagram.

Sources: Mario Cucinella Architects, This is Colossal