It has been a little over a year since the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti and left so many of its citizens homeless. Since then we’ve seen celebs like Wyclef Jean, Maroon 5, Sean Penn, Zoe Saldana, and Olivia Wilde ban together to raise funds and help rebuild Haiti. Now architect Vincent Callebaut has unveiled plans for a utopian eco village inspired by coral to serve as a new housing project in Haiti.
Called “Coral Reef,” the design itself is inspired by the organic form of coral, and proposes a plug-in matrix for 1,000 Haitian families. It would involve building an artificial pier on seismic piles in the Caribbean Sea, then prefabricated, modular units would fit into the wave-like matrix as space is needed. Each modular home would minimize energy usage while utilizing renewable energy sources to make the whole development carbon neutral (i.e. power would be generated by thermal energy conversion under the pier, marine currents, vertical axis wind turbines, and solar photovoltaics).
In addition, each family would get their own plot of land to grow food, and a canyon that would flow between the two rows of housing developments would allow a tropical ecosystem to flourish with local fauna and flora. Pretty great way to start rebuilding if you ask us!
What do you all think of this?