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

Here is a bullet-point list of the key features and intentions for this structure:

Tropical Atrium Cross-section

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

One Community Tropical Atrium, Open Front

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

 

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. Tropical food production
  3. Shower-water heat recycling
  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

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

 

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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:

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ADDITIONAL TROPICAL ATRIUM DETAILS

All aspects of the Tropical Atrium (and surrounding Earthbag Village) are being open sourced for replication. As shown above, we are producing complete materials lists, build-time and labor details, construction plans, permitting needs and strategies, and much more. When complete, 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. Complete planting plans are also provided.

We explore these and the following additional design features here:

 

PASSIVE HEATING AND COOLING

The Tropical Atrium is designed with maximum sunlight penetration and passive heating and cooling as goals. To accomplish these, the structure was designed with a round shape, a South wall that is sloped using the hands feature discussed below to match the angle of the sun at its lowest level for the year, and water storage below the main floor to act as a thermal mass. The Earthbag Village North, East, and West showers will provide additional heat via piping the water through the internal structure. The planting plan also incorporates a layered design to minimize shading.

Here is a graphic summarizing our research related to the angle and path of the sun at different times of the year:

One Community Tropical Atrium Heat Azmuth Heat Gain

Solar Heat Gain with Respect to Azimuth Direction – Click to Enlarge

Primary venting will be via North and South doors and roof vents, secondary venting will be via East, West, and South slider windows. All the windows and doors will be framed in with the ability to remove, replace, or change them if needed.

Tropical Atrium in progress, One Community

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

 

BIG ENOUGH FOR GROWING TREES

Another key feature of the Tropical Atrium is its size. Built 8 feet into the ground with a 25′ high external height above ground level gives this structure a net growing space height of 33 feet. The structure also offers a 64′ width.

One Community Tropical Atrium, Final Render, Plan View

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – Plan View

This means the structure is both tall enough and wide enough for large trees in the center and a diversity of dwarf species behind those. Details of how these trees are layered for maximum light penetration and utilization are below. You can also visit the planting plan page.

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

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

 

SOUTH-WALL HANDS

The South half of the Tropical Atrium is filled primarily with the artistic hands feature. These hands are an aesthetically pleasing way to provide the terraces needed for maximum sunlight utilization in the winter and in support of the planting plan. The hands are also designed to be hollow and contain the mechanical room for this structure.

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

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

Built and then covered with local stone, the hands feature also provides the very important feature of making this area beautiful while we are implementing the planting plan. Making it beautiful and functional from the first day construction is complete is important because it will take many years for the Tropical Atrium to reach its full plant-growth potential, and at least a year for even the initial planting plan components to establish themselves. Having the structure be beautiful even without plants supports its immediate use as a social and recreational space. Below is a concept render of the view looking South both with and without plants to illustrate this.

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

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

 

PLANTING PLAN AND HARVEST DETAILS

The planting plan builds off of all the details above. It is designed to provide a combination of food production and plants that add to the overall beauty of the space. Plants are also layered to maximize light penetration:

One Community Earthbag Village Tropical Atrium Tree Sunlight Guide, 640

Tropical Atrium – Tree Sunlight Guide – Click to Enlarge

Here is a planting plan overview, visit the planting plan page for complete details.

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Tropical Atrium Complete Planting Guide – Click for the Open Source Hub

 

USE AS A CLASSROOM AND/OR RECREATION SPACE

The Tropical Atrium is also purposed to be used as a classroom, social space, recreation space, tourism attraction, and/or relaxation space. Here is a picture looking down and in on the central space where classes or social events could be held.

One Community Tropical Atrium Looking North

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking North 111

The North rooftop patio could also be used for recreation, socialization, relaxation, or even as a stage.

One Community Tropical Atrium, View Looking South

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

Here is a view showing the main area being used for a yoga class.

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

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

Here is a view with the central area being used as a social space and/or tourism attraction.

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

The One Community Tropical Atrium | Concept Render – View Looking Northeast 444

Here are some additional Tropical Atrium images. In the order below 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

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OTHER NOTEWORTHY POINTS

Here are a few additional noteworthy points. Some are briefly mentioned above too.

  • 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
  • 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.

 

SUMMARY

sustainable civilization building though housing, sustainable housing, best practice living, sustainable housing systems, green materials, earthbag, cob, straw bale, One Community, open source housing, free-shared architecture, sustainable living, green living, eco living, living ecologically, for The Highest Good of All, transforming the world, build your own home, build your own house, affordable housing, open source architecture, architects of the future, sustainability non-profit, 501c3 organization, sustainable life, water catchment, organic food, eco-housing, artistic homes, sustainability cooperative, sustainable living group, open source, sustainability nonprofit, free-shared plans, teacher/demonstration village, open source project-launch blueprinting, One Community housing, Highest Good housingThe 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.

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
Christian OjedaMechatronic Engineer 
Devin Porter: 3D Graphics Design Specialist
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

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