Armònia, the “transit house” that combines practicality, eco-sustainability, and social commitment

A small transit house capable of giving dignity and security to the homeless while at the same time helping to redevelop degraded urban areas

 

The intention is to restore dignity to those who live without a roof over their heads or perhaps in degraded conditions and on the margins of society. These are the fundamental objectives of the Armònia project, that proposes an innovative and truly special home, designed to improve the lives of many people. Let’s see what it is.

As part of the “MyHomePlease!” social architecture project, a team of graduate students in in the “Building and Architectural Engineering” program at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, headed by Professor Antonella Falzetti, have designed and built this eco-sustainable, lightweight, and comfortable home that can also be moved and transported with ease.

 

Armònia (foto: Università Tor Vergata)
Armònia (photo: Università Tor Vergata)

Measuring about 118 sq ft (11 sq m), Armònia is not just a simple mobile housing structure but represents practical assistance with multiple potentialities. The modular transit house is, in fact, dedicated to the homeless and to all the less fortunate people who often find themselves in situations that are particularly difficult or troublesome due, above all, to the lack of shelter. These people, thanks to Armònia, will now be able to re-integrate themselves into the social and urban fabric of the city.

 

Gli interni della transit-house per i senzatetto realizzata a Tor Vergata (foto: Università Tor Vergata)
The interiors of the transit house for the homeless built in Tor Vergata (photo: University of Rome Tor Vergata)

Not to mention that the special transit houses located in the Tor Vergata area in Rome can also be placed in strategic areas (for example close to socio-sanitary structures) or in areas in degraded conditions, thereby, helping to redevelop the most borderline areas.

The house is also modular and easy to assemble. Its internal spaces can be combined and rearranged without difficulty, so as to meet the most varied needs. Armònia is a project in which engineering and academic skills have truly been used in the service of those in need. Hopefully, this structure will be utilized widely as a solution that offers immediate and practical assistance to the homeless.

 

foto: Università Tor Vergata
photo: Università Tor Vergata

Armònia, along with many other inventions in the field of architecture and specifically social and eco-sustainable architecture, will be present at the Maker Faire Rome – the European Edition 2019, the world-famous innovative technology fair that will take place from 18 to 20 October at the Fiera di Roma.

 

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