The project of a self-sustaining desert house designed by students from Serbia is one of the finalists at the most prestigious architectural contest in the world, Solar Decathlon Middle East
, held in Dubai. Designed using the principles of sustainable architecture and construction, energy efficient, ecological houses of the Belgrade team are adapted to the traditional Arab culture. The construction of a prototype, which is to be further perfected in Dubai, prior to the contest in November, is planned to start in June in Belgrade.
However, what the Belgrade team has been fearing from the start is currently the burning issue – the uncertainty as to whether they will be able to continue competing at all. The problem is of a financial nature, as they lack funds for the most part, one month before the beginning of the planned construction. As they point out for our portal, they need another EUR 200,000 for the entire project.
The project of the Twist Box
energy efficient house for Saharan areas was initiated two years ago at the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade. In the qualification stage, the group of professors, associates and PhD candidates from the Faculty of Architecture was joined by colleagues from the faculties of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and technology and metallurgy, making it a multidisciplinary team, which currently consists of 32 students and 12 professors.
– We believe that our placing in the final is a great opportunity to promote Serbia at the most prestigious event related to modern and sustainable design and construction, to promote local intelligence, team work, economy and potentials in this field. Unfortunately, if no interested sponsors, donors and partners appear soon, we will not be able to realize the project nor to take part in the final! Our work so far has been continuously praised by the organizers, but we need to secure material support for the project ourselves – Twist Box points out for eKapija and adds that the funds will not be granted to them, nor will their potential non-appearance be compensated for in any way.
There are no consolation prizes, they say.
– We were not afraid of the amount of work and time we knew were going to be invested in the project, which has turned out not to have been underestimated. We believe that this is a unique opportunity for us to show how much we know and to learn much more through the experience of developing and carrying out such a project.A special solution
Looking to design a house that can meet the requirements of sustainability and the demands of the modern society, the Twist Box team has put in effort to learn about the local, cultural and climate context, the tradition and the everyday circumstances of the area the project is meant for.