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Sustainability

Self-healing Houses

Candy Lebby
by Candy Lebby on June 27, 2018

Ahh. Homes that repair themselves. Just the notion itself is soothing!
Thanks to Indonesian company Waskita, this innovative construction idea is on its way to becoming a reality. They have proved that you can combine nature with cosmopolitan living.

"This innovative construction idea is on its way to becoming a reality"

They designed a self-healing house, in an inspiring project proposed for neighbourhoods in Jakarta. The concept was a winner for design magazine Inhabitat who held a competition for who could come up with the most creative vision for a bio designed future. 

Transforming walls into scaffolding for plants, mosses, and birds which can then hang out with the humans inside, the space created is one which perfectly unifies modern living with nature. 

The idea was to create a space where there is a balanced harmony with the natural world, whilst also providing much-needed housing for many people in some of the busiest cities in the world.

Sustainability, Self-healing-house, Construction innovation, Bobtrade[Photo Credit: Inhabitat]

This self-healing house proposal is perfect for neighbourhoods in the Indonesian capital, where the living conditions are poor. In the Kampung Pulo district in Jakarta along the Chiiwung River, conditions are cramped and unsafe as well as uncomfortable. Electricity is unreliable and there is limited access to fresh water and food. This is where self-healing houses would really be a godsend, creating a safe space harmonious with nature.

The most interesting thing about the self-healing house is that it has an ecological skin which is created using palm fibre. This fibre is commonly known as a waste product and can be used in the packaging of food.

"The creation and design of this self-healing house represent a huge step in the future of green building!"

Here, however, it is used to create the conditions in which seeds can sprout and grow. When the seeds have grown, these plants coax birds to come and nest under the roof- which is built to home them. The plants provide oxygen for the people inside the home whilst also absorbing carbon. 

There are even opportunities for people living in the homes to get food from this house, as there is the option for them to harvest bird eggs from the nests, along with plants.

Sustainability, Self-healing house, Construction innovation, Bobtrade[Photo Credit: Moore Concrete]

The exterior of this self-healing house is made of self-healing concrete or bio-concrete which has the amazing ability to filter water and air. All of this creates a healthy atmosphere and space for the people living in the house.

There are solar panels built into the roof which provides reliable electricity, and a reservoir on a separate part of the roof which collects rainwater. 

"Some of the buildings are connected by skywalks"

Some of the buildings are connected by skywalks making the space interwoven and allowing people to travel from one part of the city to another. Creating a community feel is a big part of the self-healing house design and the residents of the city are needed for help on an ongoing basis and also specifically in the initial phases.

Sustainability, Self-healing house, Construction innovation, Bobtrade[Photo Credit: Inhabitat]

"All of this creates a healthy atmosphere and space for the people living in the house"

The creation and design of this self-healing house represent a huge step in the future of green building! It's a welcoming notion to think that Jakarta, where some of the world's poorest live and breath, is encouraging new innovative ways to build homes. Not only are self-healing houses brilliant for the people living in them, they're also amazing for the environment. We can't think of anything more endearing

We hope that the construction industry takes note of the concept of self-healing houses. It could do a lot to improve poor housing conditions in certain areas of the world as well as caring for the earth in some truly creative ways. 

Talking about sustainable construction options is something we really enjoy! You can check out our other eco-friendly articles such as Top 5 Greenest Skyscrapers In The World, Buildings that Breathe, and Smog Eating Buildings

Tags: Sustainability

AUTHOR
Candy Lebby

Candy Lebby

Content Writer Executive at Bobtrade , relishes in learning about the innovative technology in the construction industry , mama to my beautiful 4 year old, Benjamin, blogger and video games enthusiast.!