December 21, 2012
The community center in Cormiers, Haiti.
OK, so what you’re looking at is not another of our hobbit houses, nor is it the next tiny-homes craze (though, selfishly, we kind of wish it were). Even better: this is a community center in the rural village of Cormiers, Haiti, and it checks off so many humanitarian-design boxes—earthquake resilience, local materials, simple construction, community self-determination—all while looking like a very fine outcropping of Easter eggs.
Completed in 2010, the community center kicked off a collaboration between the residents of Cormiers and Konbit Shelter, a small group of U.S.-based artists, architects, engineers, and builders, including the street artist Swoon. Since then they’ve built a similarly domed house for a local woman, and now the group has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the construction of a second house for a woman and her three kids. Read more!