‘Pallet House‘ was designed by Schnetzer Andreas Claus and Pils Gregor, students from the University of Vienna. Made out of reused pallets it is modular, energy efficient and affordable making it good for low income housing.
Recycled pallets are used for basic support structure, front panels, blinds and sunscreens, cellulose or any local natural or recycled material as heat isolation. The use of additional material is reduced to a minimum.
The space between the pallet wall layers is used for the installation of water, heating and lightning.
The heating energy of 25 kWh/m² a by full isolation can be reached with the help of ventilation appliance. Rain water is collected on one point of the roof, from where it is drained into a cistern. This bulk water is used for the toilets.
Back in 2008 they won the Gaudi European Student Competition, for their design, which was seeking designs for Minimal Houses of Leisure for the XXI Century on Sustainable Architecture. Since then they have exhibited in numerous cities in Europe including Venice, Vienna, Linz and Grenoble.
Continuing their success with ‘Pallet House’, the duo are currently in South Africa building a low cost unit that costs 11USD per sq foot together with the organisation Ithuba Skills Collage.