We have started to build on the land of Sachaqa. Here we will construct the ecological artists community, in a beautiful location just 5 minutes walk from the village of San Roque.
Filled with beautiful views and green scenery accompanied by the music of the birds and the sound of monkeys. Here we plan to build a studio, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms dry systems, meditation temple, gardens and more.
The area is abundant with natural materials for construction such as rocks, mud and palm.
A Small two bedroom house, this house is almost ready for Artists to live. So if you are a couple or two friends who would like a little privacy this is the house for you. We haven't quite finished the final touches in this photo but you can get the idea.
Inside the house; we will be installing a ceramic tile floor in the next week, the light inside is really cool.
The communal house we still have to plant the lawn and make a few final touches. The communal house has two bedrooms on the second floor so if you like to be close to the kitchen this is the ideal room for you.
The studio is ready just a few final touches, the mosquito net windows and door. There is space in this studio for up to 6 artist. The sculpture studio will be built separately.
The houses and other structures will be designed to use ecologically friendly materials. Proper siting of buildings will reduce the impact of construction on local plants and animals. For social harmony, balance between public and private space is crucial.
Local and Traditional Techniques
These construction methods have been used for centuries. They do not require commercially processed materials or a skilled labour force. Unskilled local labour can satisfactorily construct a house using these construction methods:
Quincha is a traditional construction system that uses, fundamentally, wood and cane forming an earthquake-proof framework that is covered in mud.
A composting toilet is any system that converts human waste into an organic compost and usable soil, through the natural breakdown of organic matter into its essential minerals
The art center intends to use one of two types of composting toilets;
Waterless Composting is a system made up of a wood cabinet with a comfortable toilet seat and tight fitting lid, below which is a 20-gallon holding tank. Adjacent to the toilet is a bucket or hinged compartment containing a mixture of saw dust, shredded leaves and compost. This is the cover material that is put into the barrel after use to soak up fluids, leaving no odors and a slightly earthy smell. When the toilet barrel is ¾ full (about 1 month for a single person) the whole barrel is removed from the cabinet to an outside composting system for further decomposition. The toilet barrel also has a drain in which liquids can flow to an outside composting chamber or other greenfilter water treatment system (below). The bathroom and toilet cabinet can be fashionably designed and decorated etc. to make it even more pleasant.
Bio Dynamics -Growing and raising food.
In our growing method of cultivation the influence of the moon, planets and stars on plant growth plays a central role.
In this method of cultivation, in addition to the compost preparations, the cow-pat pit horn manure and horn silica preparations are also of decisive importance. This preparation is sprayed on the soil just before sowing. It promotes better root growth and thus creates the right conditions for healthy, strong plant growth.
To avoid using a standard septic system that releases high levels of concentrated nitrogen into the ground water supply and nearest rivers, the art center will incorporate an ecological based wastewater management system that allows for greywater (showers, sinks, toilets etc) to be purified and reused. One of two systems will be used:
A greefilter system is one composed of a greywater pipe that runs downhill from the house or building into a shallow depression filled with woodchips, leaves and topsoil, and above planted with sewage treatment plants – plants that take up nitrogen, other useful nutrients found in greywater and breakdown undesirable substances. Then purified water will naturally seep deeper back into the ground water supply. Plants from the area will naturally grow around this depression and make it a pleasant looking planted area all year long. The other system is a closed-water treatment system often called an Eco-machine. In this system the greywater pipes will run into a series of tanks or a pond filled with various plants, fish, bacteria and other organisms that naturally breakdown toxins and use nutrients found in our wastewater. The purified water can then be pumped back up to the buildings to be reused in sinks, toilets and showers or allowed to drain into the river without polluting it.