A life-size prototype will be displayed in the Marinaressa Gardens throughout the Biennale, along with an exhibition at the Palazzo Mora explaining the development of the project. Designed in the Biennale’s theme “Laboratories of the Future”, this research project focuses on the debate on access to basic housing for all.
“How can we ensure that everyone, including some of the world’s most vulnerable populations, can have decent living conditions? During the Venice Biennale we show our starting point around this idea: the result of our collaboration with Holcim .
“I am very excited about the potential impact of this collaboration. It enables the construction of essential housing with circular, energy efficient and low carbon construction solutions, demonstrating that sustainable construction can be possible.
Jan Janick, President and CEO of Holcim.
Essential Homes A research project by The Norman Foster Foundation. Photography by Chiara Becattini.
The Essential Homes Research Project provides security, comfort and well-being. Highly sustainable, this prototype has a 70% lower CO2 footprint than conventional structures. This is because it incorporates a number of sustainable manufacturing solutions from Holcim which make it low carbon, efficient and circular. made off:
Roll-up concrete sheets that act as an outer coating and provide protection.
EcoPact low-carbon concrete pathways that connect homes and include aggregate that absorbs light and reflects light at night, reducing energy consumption and light pollution.
– Energy efficient insulation system from Elevate board to low carbon aerium foam to guarantee thermal and acoustical comfort.
– To drive circular construction, Holcim’s ECOCycle® recycled demolition materials are used to make Essential Home’s base more resistant.
– Circular design, every component of the Essential Homes model can be reused or recycled.
The Essential Homes research project starts a fundamental debate on how to make sustainable construction accessible to all, thus guaranteeing a future for people and the planet.