Essential Homes Research Project in Venice
Norman Foster 

Essential Homes Research Project in Venice

Norman Foster 

As part of the Venice Architecture Biennale, which runs until November 26 under the theme ‘Laboratories of the Future,’' the Essential Homes Research Project addresses the debate on universal access to essential housing. The result of a collaboration between the Norman Foster Foundation and the company Holcim, the project is presented through a life-size prototype located in the Marinaressa Gardens and an exhibition at Palazzo Mora. Essential Homes seeks to meet basic human needs, providing security, comfort, and well-being to displaced people who can well remain for decades in 'temporary' settlements.

The project is being undertaken with a mix of sustainable, energy-efficient, low-carbon building solutions where all components can be reused or recycled. These include rollable concrete sheets that serve as exterior shells; ECOPact concrete pathways to connect the home units and include aggregates that absorb light and reflect it at night; energy-efficient insulation systems, from Elevate boards to low-carbon Airium foam; and Holcim's ECOCycle® recycled demolition materials that are used to make the Essential Home's base more resistant.

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Essential Homes, La Biennale, Venice (Italy)

Arquitectos Architects
Norman Foster Foundation

Equipo Team
Norman Foster, Alberto Cendoya Arbide, Diego López Urruchi, Natalia Olivera Díaz, Esperanza Pino, Santiago Riveiro

Colaboradores Collaborators
Edelio Bermejo, Christophe Levy, Caterina Grosso (Holcim); Nicolás Mínguez, Miguel Kreisler (Empty&BAU)

Imágenes Images
DBOX for Norman Foster Foundation

Fotografía Photographs
Pablo Gómez-Ogando, Chiara Becattini, Mika Cartier for Norman Foster Foundation