Hive 50 Honors
For unleashing the power of 230 square feet to change how the world views what can be done to house people in a net carbon-positive future.
What You Need To Know
This home came packed in an 8’ x 8’ x 22’ container and sat on pavers in the public plaza at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, designed for four people to live in renewable, healthier, circular, carbon-positive freedom from provided grids for power, water, and food. Conventional and next-generation solar technology meets all energy needs, while potable water is harvested from rainwater and humid air. A plant-based purification system improves indoor air quality and increases microbiome diversity within the home. A micro-farming wall grows fruit and vegetables. The sustainably sourced wood products that make up the home’s structure, insulation, and cladding sequester carbon dioxide.
The Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture; Lisa Gray and Alan Organschi, principals, Gray Organschi Architecture; the United Nations Environment Programme; and UN-Habitat.
The prototype unveiled during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July 2018, and won honors in the 2018 Residential Architect Design Awards in the Custom Home, Less Than 3,000 Square Feet category.