No Footprint House / NFH

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
The No Footprint House (NFH) is located at the edge of the vast tropical rain forests along the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The building responds to its surrounding habitat by passive climate control through natural ventilation and solar shading. The NFH is organized around a central service core, which includes all machinery and intelligence. The compression of utilities in one compact unit enables an open floor plan all around, which contributes to the building efficiency in terms of assembly, maintenance and use. The modular and prefabricated home is developed as a prototype for serial production, based on a systemic catalogue for sustainable residential typologies. A wide range of affordable, customizable and replicable solutions is catering for a broad customer segment. The NFH is designed to minimize the impact of construction and merge with its natural surroundings, seeking integral sustainability in terms of its environmental, economic, social and spatial performance.

Ojochal, Costa Rica

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Applicant and authors of the project
A-01 (A Company / A Foundation).
Interdisciplinary network organization. In a globally urbanizing society, we work at the borderline of city and countryside or help identifying new synergies between the urban and the rural domain. Our participatory design methodologies are designed to co-create integrally sustainable solutions in urban and rural development. We intend to break the boundaries of a single professional perspective in order to allow for a holistic approach that shapes our products.
Lead Architect: A-01 / Oliver Schütte
Design Team: A-01 / José Pablo González, Mauricio Rodríguez, Misael Rodríguez, Ronald Carvajal, Luuc van Wezel

Other participants
Typology Research: A01 / Marije van Lidth de Jeude
Structural Design: Ingeniería Cañas / Rafael Cañas
MEP Engineering and Life Cycle Assessment: Consost / Pablo Mora
Construction: SLO Studiolocal / Hernán Mora
Photography: Fernando Alda Fotografía / Fernando Alda
Documentary: Manduca Audiovisual / Soren Pessoa, Valeria Romero