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Backyard BI(h)OME / Kevin Daly Architects

  • 13:00 - 5 February, 2016
Backyard BI(h)OME / Kevin Daly Architects
Backyard BI(h)OME / Kevin Daly Architects, © Nico Marques / Photekt
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  • Concept Development and Executive Producer

    cityLAB – UCLA, Dana Cuff, Jonathan Crisman, Carla Salehian, Per-Johan Dahl
  • Structural Engineer

    Workpoint Engineering, Ben Varela
  • Industrial Design

    Kody Kellogg
  • Landscape Design

    Therese Kelly
  • Biodiversity and Habitat

    Jon Christensen, UCLA Inst of the Environment and Sustainability; Ursula Heise, English
  • AUD Student Team

    Andrew Akins, Garth Britzman, Dee Chang, Katie Chuh, Ciro Dimson, Adrien Forney, Kara Moore, Dami Olufoweshe, Lyo Liu, Trenman Yao, Sarah Sibohan Johnson, Mark Lagola, Nawid Piracha
  • Project Fabricators

    Julian Daly, Max Miller
  • Custom Carpentry and Woodwork

    CA Construction, Carlos Grande
  • Envelope

    Shrink Wrap Pros, Craig Keys
  • AUD Fabrication Manager

    Philip Soderlind
  • UCLA Facilities Management Team

    Leroy Sisneros, Coordinator, Erik Ulstrup
  • Pipe Bending Team

    Blake Rainy, Carlos Rigual
  • Metal Fabrication

    Lorenzo Villanueva
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© Nico Marques / Photekt
© Nico Marques / Photekt

Text description provided by the architects. The Backyard BI(h)OME is an ultra-modern, lightweight accessory dwelling unit that has the potential to meet Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s call for 100,000 new housing units by 2021. The BI(h)OME demonstrates --in its design, fabrication, occupation, and recycling, what sustainability means at a personal level. The BI(h)OME was initiated by UCLA’s CityLAB and designed by Kevin Daly Architects.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan
© Nico Marques / Photekt
© Nico Marques / Photekt

The low-cost, low-impact Bi(H)OME could serve as housing for an elderly parent, a returning college graduate, or a rental unit. It is easy to install, requiring no sewer hookup and just a hose for water supply, and easy to remove. It is almost entirely recyclable. Rather than requiring a mortgage, it could be leased, like a car, so it is semi-permanent, can flexibly serve the needs of homeowners for as long as they want, and then be recycled or reinstalled. The environmental impact of the structure over its entire life cycle is between 10 and 100 times less than a conventional auxiliary dwelling.Each 500-square foot backyard home contains a bedroom, living room, kitchen/dining room, and bathroom. The floor is mounted on a temporary low rock wall and posts that are screwed into the ground, so it does not require a foundation. The structure is covered with an innovative translucent skin consisting of two layers of ETFE, a tough, Teflon plastic, vacuum-sealed around a paper honeycomb creating a remarkably solid, yet light structure. Modular units contain the bathroom, shower, a closet, kitchen sink and counter. The structure can be configured in different ways to fit any backyard and to catch the sun on photovoltaic cells that can be printed on the outside layer of the Bi(H)OME’s skin, while LED lights can be built into the inner layer. 

© Nico Marques / Photekt
© Nico Marques / Photekt

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Cite: "Backyard BI(h)OME / Kevin Daly Architects" 05 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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