Backyard BI(h)OME Project is Launched

Backyard BI(h)OME Project is Launched

Created as an extension of cityLAB’s Backyard Homes study with generous support from the UCLA Arts Initiative, cityLAB has partnered with Kevin Daly Architects and UCLA faculty and staff to begin the process of developing the Backyard BI(h)OME. This ultra-modern, lightweight accessory dwelling unit that has the potential to restructure sprawl and provide affordable housing while also enhancing habitat for other species (from an edible garden wall and attachable modular units to accommodate beneficial species to a grey water drainage system to irrigate vegetation).

Additional BI(h)OME features include:

  • Exterior Overhang + Wall Cavities – The building envelope can provide optional homes for bats, bugs, or birds
  • ETFE Building Envelope – An innovative building skin made from ETFE shades and protects interior space while collecting solar energy via photovoltaics
  • Composting Toilet – Low maintenance and conserves energy
  • Grey Water Collection System – Water from kitchen can be collected for use watering surrounding vegetation
  • Planted Wall + Edible Landscape – Provides food for humans and non-human inhabitants
  • Gabion Foundation – Rock walls provide habitat for small critters like lizards
  • Recycle Lightweight Construction – Steel frame, floor, and certain core elements can be recycled
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December 17, 2014