2021 – Design of sustainable toilet facilities
on Mount Everest, Nepal
Due to the lack of sanitary facilities at Mount Everest Base Camp, an adaptable toilet is to be planned.
The design of this toilet responds to the existing waste problem at Mount Everest. As the base camp is very difficult to access, local materials are primarily used.
Without proper toilet facilities, human waste is left all along hiking trails. Above 8,000 feet it freezes, but waste particles can leak into the glacier and contaminate the snow. When it melts, the particles can then become airborne and cause climbers to suffer from lower-intestinal and upper-respiratory infections.
Driven by the idea that most of the building materials used must be available in the Mount Everest Basecamp area, the walls shall be constructed as cabion stone walls. Combined with waste materials from the campsite such as tent tarpaulins and broken glass, this approach also addresses the increasing waste problem at Mount Everest.
2021 – Consultancy of construction
Consultancy and analysis for the construction of a modular house in Africa for a Swiss aid organisation.
2021 – Research on sustainability
of a rehabilitationprogram in Nepal
Caritas Switzerland built 36 schools after the earthquake in 2015 in Nepal. This research shows how those schools could be built more sustainable with a special focus on the building materials.
This research paper shows how the school buildings could be built more sustainable and ecofriendly. Beginning with the building and landscape design, but with a main focus on the buildingmaterials, due to the biggest potential evaluated. The used buildingmaterials were compared with regenerative materials and a Life Cycle assessment (LCA) showes the potential in terms of grey energy.
2020 – Competition for the replacement of the asylum center in Adliswil, Zurich
In collaboration with Joost Verstraete, together with Timbatec and Todt Gmür Partner (Engineering office) and David Hug (Illustrator).
The design for the replacement building of the asylum center in Adliswil focuses on the community of the residents. The placement of the four buildings creates various outdoor spaces that can be used in different ways. In terms of sustainability, we strive for a construction with the smallest possible ecological footprint (CO2 neutral). In addition to the reduction of the basement to a minimum and the ecologically sensible timber construction, the facade insulation is to be delivered with prefabricated straw bale boxes. The facade is to be partially clad with reused facade elements (trapezoidal sheet metal).
2020 – Conceptional study for a modular Refugee shelter
together with Engineerstudents of TU Berlin
A modular shelter for refugees in the form of a hexagon, to place wherever it’s needed. With several options to combine, depending on the place available.
The design of this modular refugee shelter has the shape of a hexagon and takes the inspiration from the natural honeycombs. The individual modules can be combined with each other in a freely selectable number – even vertically. The facade is to be clad with recycled materials and insulated with natural facade insulation to reduce the cost and the grey energy of the building materials.