Inspiration: Venezuela's 180 Square-Foot Eco-Cabanas

In a small Venezuelan town filled with dirt and mold plagued shacks, designer Kristofer Nonn sought to build healthy and inspiring homes…Nonn wanted to build something that would perch lightly on the ground, similar to the stilt-style architecture of the indigenous Indians, resulting in the cabana’s butterfly form. Concrete and locally sourced wood was used as the primary structure, while zinc corrugated roofing arcs above directing water into rain barrels below. Because glass is scarce in the region, Nonn and his now wife, Helen Lewis Martin, salvaged discarded beer bottles and repurposed them into colorful glass mosaic walls. Ventilation is simply achieved by leaving doors open on the north and south sides of the house.

The small 180-square-foot interior is finished out with built-in shelving and only two lights (plumbing is in nearby communal facilities). Nonn hopes that these homes will be used as models to teach locals about better building practices.

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