A sphere is structurally light yet exceptionally strong, and the Ekinoid home will hence very significantly reduce raw-material requirements (down from around 150 tonnes to around 20 tonnes - reference: SEI 2007 PDF: page 10), whilst at the same time increasing the space available inside from around 80 sq.m to around 240 sq.m - and this does not take into account all the land underneath; it will also allow occupants to fulfil their own power needs using solar/wind power - or biogas gasification (if there is suitable biomass available) - and meet their requirements for potable water by using cheap and effective treatments to rainwater runoff, using, for instance, Berkey Water Filters, or maybe a variation on the LifeSaver. The Ekinoid home will also effectively treat grey water and use in-house sewage treatment and composting; it will also provide the means to cleanly and efficiently supply most of the occupants' food needs (via a hydroponic crop system around the glass/ETFE stairwell [ETFE is recyclable]).
The Ekinoid Project focuses on the idea that a spherical structure can deliver a simple, practical, affordable housing solution, suitable for any environment. A structure whose parts can be both mass produced (locally, wherever practicable) and fabricated on-site - by unskilled hands (using detailed written and video instruction, as well as personal support from a previous Ekinoid-home-fabricator). Ekinoid homes will be designed to suit the local climate and terrain.
Universities, we need your collaboration.
The Ekinoid Project is seeking active, ongoing collaborations with one or more universities. We want to forge partnerships (in industry and) with universities regarding architectural, structural engineering and materials solutions, and we want to involve product designers, graphic designers, 3D-graphics artists, town planners etc. The Ekinoid Project would provide excellent long-term research-based projects for groups of second/third-year, Masters and PHD students, in the aforementioned areas.
We are based near St Austell in Cornwall, UK. However, we are very happy to work remotely with any sympathetic bodies worldwide. We don't care where you are, so long as you can share our vision. This is a global project - we are looking for global partnerships, global solutions.