CARDBOARD BOXES SHELTER
Cementitious paint coated Cardboard Boxes filled with soil laid to make a wall.

Solution

THE DESIGN CONCEPT IS DERIVED FROM EARTHBAG SHELTER. CARDBOARD BOXES ARE USED INSTEAD OF SACKS OR BAGS. THE CARDBOARD BOXES ARE BRUSHED WITH CEMENTITIOUS PAINT.  SINCE BY NATURE CARDBOARDS ARE BIODEGRADABLE. THE CEMENT COATING WILL ENSURE ITS DURABILITY AND LONGEVITY. THE BOXES THEN ARE FILLED WITH SOIL THAT WILL ACT AS THE LOAD BEARING FOR THE STRUCTURE AND A GOOD THERMAL INSULATION.

THE BOXES ARE FIXED WITH MORTAR AND BAMBOO STICKS FOR LOCKING. THE RANDOM SIZES OF THE BOXES WILL MAKE AN INTERLOCKING ARRAY TO THE INDIVIDUAL BOXES AND WILL MAKE THE STRUCTURE STRONG.

USED TIRES SHALL SERVE AS WINDOW OPENINGS. THE SHAPE OF TIRES CAN CARRY THE LOAD ABOVE, HENCE IT WILL ELIMINATE THE LINTEL BEAMS. TIRES ARE PLACED AT THREE OR FOUR SIDES OF THE WALLS TO CREATE CROSS VENTILLATION.

PALM LEAVES ("NIPA") ROOFING ARE USED AND OVERLAYED BY WASTE CELLOPANE, PLASTICS AND SHEET METALS TO MAKE THE LEAVES LAST LONGER.

THE ARRANGEMENT OF THE BOXES WILL CREATE THE AESTHETICS OF THE STRUCTURE, ESPECIALLY IF ACCENTED RANDOMLY WITH DIFFERENT COLORS.

SINCE CARDBOARD BOXES AND SOIL MAY BE OBTAINED FOR FREE OR WITH MINIMAL COST, THEY WILL BE GOOD ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS.