Ecovillage and alternate realities


The masterplan for an eco-community of about thirty people. How can we combine the properties of the land with different life scenarios?

We analysed the natural and social conditions of the land and its context, as well as the planning conditions. Then we creatively explored different options for using the area where building is allowed. This will allow the future intentional community to see in advance the range of possibilities and combine it with their idea of how closely they want to live together and how much space they need for other activities.

The land where building is permitted constitutes a small part of the whole land, which comprises a flatter part with fields and a hilly, forested part. Within the building plot, one cannot build near the borders, near the stream or near the power line.

The first option has three buildings for co-living or small flats, while the community/business and agricultural buildings are in the other part of the plot.

The second option has 12 tiny houses on stilts, while the community/business uses are in a big building near the road.

The third option has semi-detached buildings near the road, with their own backyards. The community and agriculture building is at the end of the backyards, with further development in the other part of the plot.

The fourth option has half of the building plot reserved for exterior activities, without any buildings. People live in big buildings for co-living or flats.

In the big study we made, we explored several additional combined options, but all options are just an approximation. The real design for buildings and their surroundings will be a part of the community design and the integral design of the whole land, once the community defines its values, vision, mission, goals, business plan and preferred lifestyle.

All options show the maximum common-sense built-up ratio, but allow for phase construction, according to community needs.