The creator of a low-cost house made of bamboo to tackle the chronic shortage of affordable housing in the Philippine capital has won a top international prize to design future cities.
- The house can be built in just four hours
- It costs only about $100 per square metre
- The tilted roof design captures rainwater and reduces heat gain
Earl Forlales, 23, won the first prize from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in its Cities for our Future competition.
The prize money of 50,000 pounds ($88,000) will fund a prototype, as well as actual units.
The house, known as CUBO, uses engineered bamboo, and can be put together in just four hours at a cost of just over $100 per square metre.
The modular housing, which can be manufactured in a week, includes design elements such as a tilted roof that captures rainwater and reduces heat gain, and elevated stilts that prevent floodwaters from entering the home.