Off-Grid and Underground

Student | Evam Hryshko
Faculty | Kevin Walz
School of Design, Undergraduate Interior Design

A system of self-sustaining underground homes built from the structural skeleton of shipping containers. By reducing each home’s reliance on an unreliable supply of resources, these homes can supplement the lack of adequate infrastructure in rural communities. Designed to fit a range of topographic conditions, these homes are adaptable for a variety of environments. Each home can be customized through a series of structural units, allowing adaptation from both topography and client. Aggregated together, these homes create communities that can sustain themselves without relying on the systems that produced the conditions against which they react.

Axonometric drawings showing the systems that allow these homes to be completely self-sufficient [Blue = water collection. Orange = ventilation. Green = structure for additions. Red = shoring for containers.] Additionally, these diagrams highlight the placement of the greenhouses, which vary in size according to the occupancy of each residence.
Typological studies of two containers joined together. All combination of 20’ and 40’ containers are addressed. A different type of joint is studied in each diagram; both joined in middle, middle to end, end to end, end to middle.
An early sketch looking at aggregations of houses to create a community development.
Site plans showing houses in various environments, including deserts, grassland, and forests.
Model studies looking at how the containers are situated within the earth.
Sectional studies of the houses sitting in the ground. Represented in three topographic conditions, desert, grassland, and forest.