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:
Some of the key features and intentions for the Tropical Atrium design include:
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:
Amauri Tavares: Bachelors 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 Rozada: Civil Engineering Student specializing in Hydraulics
Douglas Simms Stenhouse: Architect and Water Color Artist
Erika Yumi Tamashiro: Architecture and Urban Design Student
Fernando Carvalho: Mechanical Engineering Student
Gilberto Martini de Oliveira: 3D Animation Design Student
Israel Silva: Electrical Engineering Student
Izadora Carvalho: Civil Engineering Student
Jorge Antonio Ricardo: Mechanical Engineering Student
Matheus Manfredini: Civil Engineering Student specializing in Urban Design
Renata Maehara: Civil Engineering Student and AutoCAD Drafter
Ron Payne: Mechanical Engineer and HVAC / Thermal Designer
Shadi Kennedy: Artist and Graphic Designer
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.
Here are some additional Tropical Atrium images. In order they include inside views looking North, South, South-east, and North-west:
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:
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.
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.
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.