“Everyone needs a home, a place to rest, a space to feel secure and services to live comfortably."
Entailing this statement, Jorejicks' home is mainly divided into three separate volumes to maintain the intimacy of the space. These volumes are at the same time connected to the outdoors. The home is located in proximity to the existing Nico’s hut. The central volume is connected with the two diagonal volumes, built alongside. The entrance of the house looks as though two arms are spread to welcome you, looking within and outside at the same time.
The three volumes are connected through passages that overlook the exterior landscape in a way that different spaces can work both independently and as well as in connection. In the left diagonal volume, all the common spaces are located, that is the living room, indoor kitchen and the outdoor kitchen with storage and sheltered outdoor space in between.
The private spaces have been divided between the central volume and the right diagonal volume into six bedrooms, three in each volume, with a common entrance lobby in the centre. The shower and toilets are separated from these volumes and placed at the backside of the house for easy maintenance and service.
The entire building design is climate responsive. Long walls are mainly positioned in an east-west direction to maximize shade. Openings with louvred shutters are mostly in the north and south directions to let light and air deep inside the rooms.
A sloping roof is given to enhance internal illumination, mitigate indoor temperature through natural ventilation, protect from humidity stagnation and for the better run-off of the water during the rainy season.
To ensure simplicity the home is built with traditional building methods, using natural and locally available materials. Rammed earth for walls, locally available wood for doors and windows, corrugated steel sheets on wooden truss for the roof, flooring with stabilized compressed earth and inbuilt and wooden furniture to make it financially sustainable.
Since public water supply, drainage system and power supply are not available on-site, rainwater collection system, dry composting latrines are used to reduce water consumption and solar panels are installed for power generation. The resulting home offers a sense of security, permanence, substance and spaces that create moments to rejoice with the family, embodying a way of living to better suit its occupants “The Jorejicks”.