One Community Tropical Atrium Open Source Project-Launch Blueprinting Hub, One Community

One Community Tropical Atrium Open Source Project-Launch Blueprinting Hub

The goal of the open source Tropical Atrium is to create an aesthetically pleasing and multi-functional center for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). It is designed to grow food, re-use greywater and recycle heat from the Earthbag Village showers, and provide a beautiful and energy efficient year-round recreation space. It will be affordable relative to its size and produce herbs and tropical fruit as part of the One Community open source botanical garden model. This page contains the following sections related to this structure:

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The Tropical Atrium is the center of the earthbag village (Pod 1) and part of the One Community botanical garden model.

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The Tropical Atrium in the Center of the Earthbag Village – Click to visit the Earthbag Village Open Source Hub

It will provide food, beauty, a recreation space, greywater use for below-ground watering, and shower water heat recapture.

Central Atrium for the Earthbag Village by One Community – Created by Gilberto Martini de Oliveira

Some of the key features and intentions for the Tropical Atrium design include:

One Community Tropical Atrium Looking North

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking North

One Community Tropical Atrium, View Looking South

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking South

One Community Tropical Atrium, Open Front

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking Inside and Northwest

Tropical Atrium in progress, One Community

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Renders – Inside View (Larger Images Below)

Tropical Atrium Cross-section

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render of Cross Section – Click to Enlarge

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Sun Study for Terrace and Planting Plan Design – Click to Enlarge in a New Window

Tropical Atrium Sunlight Calculations

Solar Heat Gain with Respect to Azimuth Direction for 90 Deg Windows – Click to Enlarge

WHY A TROPICAL ATRIUM?

Each of the 7 sustainable village models will provide one or more multi-use structures. We chose to build a Tropical Atrium as the center of the the earthbag village (Pod 1) because we wanted to demonstrate:

  1. Affordability
  2. Greywater re-use
  3. Tropical food production
  4. A beautiful recreation space
  5. A space big enough to host large trees
  6. An environment that would be beautiful even before any of the trees and plants began to really flourish
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Tropical Atrium Complete Planting Guide – Click for the Open Source Hub

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CONSULTANTS ON THE TROPICAL ATRIUM

Amauri TavaresBachelors of Science and Technology and Aerospace Engineering Student
Bear Stauss: Horticulturalist and Landscape Design/Recreation Area Management Specialist
Devin Porter: 3D Graphics Design Specialist (DevinPorter.com)
Diogo RozadaCivil Engineering Student specializing in Hydraulics
Douglas Simms Stenhouse
: Architect and Water Color Artist
Erika Yumi TamashiroArchitecture and Urban Design Student
Fernando CarvalhoMechanical Engineering Student
Gilberto Martini de Oliveira3D Animation Design Student
Israel SilvaElectrical Engineering Student
Izadora CarvalhoCivil Engineering Student
Jorge Antonio RicardoMechanical Engineering Student
Matheus ManfrediniCivil Engineering Student specializing in Urban Design
Renata MaeharaCivil Engineering Student and AutoCAD Drafter
Ron Payne: Mechanical Engineer and HVAC / Thermal Designer
Shadi KennedyArtist and Graphic Designer

TROPICAL ATRIUM OPEN SOURCE PORTAL

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As we continue open source project-launch blueprinting the earthbag village and the Tropical Atrium, build them, and problem solve and evolve all the different aspects (water catchment and watering systems, heating and cooling systems, planting and harvesting, etc.) for One Community (and with others around the world) we will use this page as the portal to complete Open source project-launch blueprinting specifics for making duplication of this village model as easy as possible. These details for complete duplication are being designed to include the following comprehensive resources:

● Architectural plans
● Detailed materials list
● Detailed equipment and tools needs list
● How to build instructions and multi-media tutorials
● Cost analysis and best sources for materials and equipment
● How to work with local government if permitting is needed
How to adapt this structure for more or less heat, cooling, humidity, and sun
● Specifics on all the plants and trees to grow and what kinds of yields you can expect
● Complete details on how to build your own Tropical Atrium and how many hours it should take
● On-going maintenance and upkeep details per our on-going experience and use of this structure
● How to make your build easier than ours and how to solve any problems we encountered in our build
● Archive and database of others building similar structures including their experiences, adaptations, etc.
● List of everyone who helped us design and build this so they can be contacted to help others change it

The list above will evolve into links for each bullet point to individual pages including all the open source project-launch blueprinting details people need to duplicate every aspect of this component of One Community in part or in whole.

MORE TROPICAL ATRIUM DETAILS

Here are some additional Tropical Atrium images. In order they include inside views looking North, South, South-east, and North-west:

Tropical Atrium Looking NorthInside Looking SouthTropical Atrium Looking South-east Tropical Atrium Looking North-west - Click to Enlarge

CLICK IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM IN A NEW WINDOW

The Tropical Atrium will demonstrate a building that can be constructed almost anywhere in the world to provide the same internal environment and results as the original structure. To make this possible we have incorporated a variety of interesting design elements for heating, cooling, moisture control, and easy modification, as well as specific plans for adaptation to the unexpected. Here are the design elements the Tropical Atrium will begin with:

PASSIVE SOLAR HEAT
  • Round structure for maximum sunlight year-round
  • Sloped South floor for maximum sunlight to the back wall in the winter
  • Pond and stone walkways and walls for additional thermal-mass heat storage
  • Pod 1 North, East, and West showers will provide additional heat via piping the water through the internal structure
COOLING, MOISTURE, AND AIRFLOW
  • Primary venting via North and South doors and roof vents
  • Secondary venting via East, West, and South slider windows
  • Pod 1 North greywater will be used underground to water trees in the Atrium
ARTISTIC SOUTH-WALL HANDS FEATURE
  • Provides an artistic way of producing the terraces for growing plants
  • Provides an artistic way of hiding the piping for heat capture from the post-shower hot water
ADDITIONAL DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
  • Semi-subterranean design (10 feet/3 meters depth at North wall) is to assist with temperature control
  • Building orientation will be slightly to the east and northeast by 10-15 degrees to catch earlier sun and avoid the hotter late afternoon sun
  • Southwest exterior cold hardy plantings will be utilized to reduce excessive summer sun if deemed necessary
  • Pod 1 North greywater will be naturally cleaned using plants and natural systems (designs coming) with the intent to demonstrate water we can test as safe for aboveground use and, eventually, even drinking
  • Pod 1 South, East, and West greywater will be used underground to water trees planted South of Pod 1 with built in ability to divert this water to the North greywater processing system as it is demonstrated as successful and expanded enough to handle the additional volume
  • We’ll build this entire structure with nuts, bolts, and screws so we have maximum ability to adapt and modify it for anything unexpected.
  • We’ll also take video and pictures of the insides of all of the walls and floor so we have easy and permanent reference of electrical, plumbing, etc. for ourselves and as a template for others as part of our open source project-launch blueprinting of adaptability of this and all One Community infrastructure
  • Grade-level vents and pollinator attracting plants will be used to help draw pollinators into this structure

See the Heating, Cooling, and Humidity Control page for the strategies we are building into the design in order to allow for us (and those who follow in our footsteps) to fine-tune these variables as needed.

One Community Tropical Atrium, Final Render, Plan View

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – Plan View

One Community Tropical Atrium, Final Render, before and after planting plan

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – Before and After Planting Plan

One Community Tropical Atrium, Final Render, view looking Northeast with people added

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking Northeast

One Community Tropical Atrium, Final Render, View looking South with People Added

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking South

One Community Tropical Atrium, Final Render, View Looking West with People Added

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking West

Tropical Atrium Recreation Space with Yoga Class, One Community Earthbag Village

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking Southwest

SUMMARY

The Tropical Atrium will be the multi-functional center for the earthbag village (Pod 1). It will be affordable to build and provide a beautiful and comfortable place to host classes, grow a diversity of tropical fruits, re-use the greywater from the showers (for both watering plants and passive heat), and it will expand our botanical garden model. In accordance with our open source goals, the entire structure is being built for maximum heating, cooling, humidity, and overall structural modification. It has also been designed so that it will be beautiful to see and use even before any of the internal plants and trees begin to flourish.

FREQUENTLY ANSWERED QUESTIONS

Q: What will you be growing in the Tropical Atrium?

Please read the Tropical Atrium Planting and Harvesting Page for complete plant and tree details.

Q: How do you intend to maintain/stabilize the internal temperature and humidity?

Please read the Heating, Cooling, and Humidity Control page for complete heating, cooling, and humidity control details.

Q: What is the function of the internal hands feature?

The internal hands are purposed to provide an artistic and functional feature inside the Tropical Atrium. This feature will fill most of the South half of the structure. They create the growing terraces necessary in the South half of the structure to allow maximum sun and growing space utilization. They also create an aesthetically pleasing internal element that will make this building an interesting recreational space while we are waiting for the internal plants and trees to flourish.

Q: How do you intend to build the artistic hands feature affordably?

The cost of this feature of the Tropical Atrium will be extremely low because we will create the basic shape of the visible aspects of the hands using PVC piping that will transport the warm water from the adjacent showers through the fingers. We will then cover the vertical edges with stone from the property and grow plants on the horizontal surfaces. The rest of the hand elements will not need to be created because they are not visible.

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