Welcome to the Backyard BI(h)OME
Developed as an extension of cityLAB’s Backyard Homes study, the Backyard BI(h)OME is an ultra-modern, lightweight accessory dwelling unit that has the potential to meet the current demand for 100,000 additional housing units in Los Angeles while also serving as a biome by providing habitats for diverse species. The six project characteristics below describe the importance and practicality of this extraordinary project.
With its ultra-modern, eco-friendly, customizable design, the BI(h)OME is not your typical accessory dwelling unit.
The BI(h)OME is a creative, pragmatic response to one of Southern California’s central challenges – urban sprawl.
This unique collaborative project has harnessed the energy and expertise of UCLA students, faculty, staff, and local design professionals.
Designed to be both affordable and customizable, the BI(h)OME responds to the needs of a diverse array of families and individuals at different life stages.
The BI(h)OME is designed to enhance habitat for diverse species while incorporating water and energy conservation technology.
The BI(h)OME offers a tangible, human-scale solution to meet the goals of UCLA’s Grand Challenge to help create a sustainable Los Angeles by 2050.
Meet the Team
cityLAB is an architecture and urbanism “think and do” tank at UCLA that works on replicable solutions to contemporary urban challenges.
The Backyard BI(h)OME has been designed and built by UCLA graduate students, faculty, and staff from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds.
The development of the BI(h)OME would not have been possible without our expert consultants, generous donors, and friends.
The work of Kevin Daly Architects interweaves innovation in technology and fabrication, sustainability and urbanism, livability and economy.
How You Can Help!
We welcome contributions and sponsorships of any kind for the development of this project. Charitable gifts will help us complete the construction of a full-scale demonstration model of an inhabitable Backyard BI(h)OME, spread the vision of the project throughout Los Angeles and beyond, and contribute to research on the performance of the BI(h)OME.