Welcome to Haiti Communitere where accommodation is one of the many services that our resource center provides to guests and partners. Our base is a co-living and co-working community built on the idea of shared resources and shared overhead. Over the past 7 years, we have become what you see today because of the work of several thousand volunteers from dozens of countries who have made this place their home, launched their own projects, started businesses or simply passed through.
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In addition to providing resources to communities engaged in positive activities, Haiti Communitere is also an exposition site for green and sustainable building methods. It gives our guests the opportunity to experience atypical lodging while sustainable practice.
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Haiti’s First Earthship. This closed system house is made of earth filled tire, recycled plastic bottles and polyester boxes. It has a double bed, desk, under-bed storage, fairy lights, mosquito net and fan.The earthship comes with a private toilet. A large passive cooling heat escape in the top of this structure, accompanied with 3 foot thick walls keeps this Hobbit-like home at a nice temperature.
The earthship living space was built at Haiti Communitere as a response to the 2010 earthquake. It serves as a demonstration for how homes can be built from waste material like tires, plastic bottles, and rubble from the earthquake. The base of the earthship is made with tires stacked seven high within the walls. Above the tires are the plastic bottle walls. The dome roof was made with steel bars along with with shredded cardboard and styrofoam in rice bags and plastic bags for insulation. The earthship incorporates concepts like temperature regulation, solar energy, sewage treatment, upcycled materials, water harvesting, and food production. The total project cost was about USD$4000, and it took around 20 people 10 days to construct the entire structure with pre-prepared materials. The structure used about 10,000 plastic bottles, and just under 100 tires that would have otherwise remained in the waste stream.
Completed in May of 2011, our earthbag structure uses long sand bags filled with on-site earth and arranged in layers with strands of barbed wire placed between them to act as reinforcement. There is a double bed, desk, hanging rack, shelves, mosquito net, and fan. Bamboo shoots in the bottom of the walls drawn in cool air as warm air escapes the top, leaving this room nicely cooled.
Superadobe, an architectural style developed by Iranian-born architect Nadir Khalili, is a form of earthbag construction using long fabric bags or tubes filled with adobe (a mixture of 90% earth and 10% cement) layered together with barbed wire between each row which acts as a mortar. In Superadobe, the ancient earth architecture of the Middle East using sun-dried mud bricks is fused with its portable nomadic culture of fabrics and tensile elements, not just through design and pattern, but also through the structure itself. Structural design uses modern engineering concepts like base-isolation and post-tensioning. The innovation of barbed wire adds the tensile element to the traditional earthen structures, creating earthquake resistance despite the earth’s low shear strength. The aerodynamic of the dome resists hurricanes. The innovation of sandbags adds flood resistance, and easy construction, while the earth itself provides insulation and fireproofing.
Shipping containers represent a great way to transport a large amount of materials. In the aftermath of disaster, a large amount of these containers bring supplies in country and are left abandoned with no place to go. Converting shipping containers into homes is a trend that is catching on around the world, and at Haiti Communitere we have made use of these resources that otherwise would have wasted away at the port. Temperature control is one problem that we face when making these spaces livable. Haiti Communitere has implemented a myriad of passive cooling techniques to keep the temperature down for our guests.
Converted shipping container with a double bed equipped with desk, shelves, mosquito net and a fan. This container is named so because of the inside is exposed brushed stainless walls. Heat is combatted with 4 inch thick insulation and we have installed windows to create cross ventilation.
Converted shipping container with a double bed equipped with desk, hanging rack, shelves, mosquito net and a fan. The Mural Room features a large iron artwork window made by artisans in the Village de Noilles in Croix des Bouquets. The side of the container features a large mural paying homage to past partners and HC friends who have contributed to making HC what it is today.
Converted shipping container – 2 single beds, with mosquito nets and fans. Also features a hanging rack, shelves, and under bed storage space.Our most recently converted container is beautifully painted and features a large window to watch any basketball games going down on our basketball court.
Each of these units is a converted shipping container with 2 bunk beds and room for 4 people, mixed gender dormitory. Perfect for groups as it has a meeting table and dry erase board in the patio area. Each bed has a mosquito net, locker storage and personal fan.These particular containers were installed by the GiveLove organization who specialize in humanure composting in Haiti.
Our most “hostel” accommodation is an 8 bed mixed gender dorm style space with individual lockers. Each bed has a mosquito net and personal fan.The Geodesic Dome represents the most amount of livable space with the least amount of pack size. This is particularly relevant as an exhibition of temporary housing solutions in the aftermath of disaster. This particular dome is 20 feet in diameter and, although once serving as the HC office, is now a dormitory which sleeps up to 8 people. Having a mobile office or sleeping quarters that can be placed anywhere in a post-disaster situation provides a valuable function to operate quickly in aiding our partners and those affected. With minimal materials required, 100 domes (30’ diameter) can fit into a single shipping container. Their best uses are as emergency medical field hospitals and aid supply warehouses immediately following a natural disaster.
The world first house made of polystyrene trash. All beds have a mosquito net and fan. This is a 3 bunk bed room for 6 people, mixed gender dormitory.Ubuntu Blox are a building technology that was developed by Harvey Lacey. Ubuntu Blox projects have been implemented in Haiti to build structures with upcycled waste. Ubuntu Blox houses can take about one forty foot shipping container’s worth of Styrofoam out of the waste stream. The Styrofoam is collected, crushed, and bleached before it is put into rice sacks to make the blocks. The blocks are held together with wire and stacked on top of each other in between rebar. The blocks are then plastered over. The final structure is lightweight and flexible, making it highly resistant to earthquakes, and less dangerous if it does collapse. An Ubuntu Blox house has survived a. 8.3 shaketable test with only minor plaster damage. Ubuntu Blox houses have been built in Cité Soleil, Jacmel, and Haiti Communitere.
In Haiti Communitere Main House, you will find our conference room, our computer lab, our boutique showcasing local artisan work and our communal kitchen. The main house also offers a private bathroom reserved to our guests.
Double bed room in the Main House with a desk, mosquito net, and fan. This is the Operations Director’s favorite room as it stays the coolest of all room in the house and has Prestige labels, Haiti’s national beer, plastered along the walls.
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Double bed room in the Main House with a desk, mosquito net, and fan. The added bonus of having a large wardrobe area makes this a great option for long-term stays.
Two single beds with mosquito nets and fans. The room also comes with a desk.
Single bed room in the Main House with a desk, mosquito net, and fan.
Our conference room hosts our Community Round Table meeting once a month, bringing together community leaders and local organizations to discuss local initiatives, exchange ideas and best practices.
This room features a large round meeting table projection screen and is available to reserve in advance at the HC office. The daily rate is $30/day and A/C is available for $10/day and our projector can be rented for $5/day.
- Our computer lab features 4 desktop computers with hard wired internet, a laptop, and two 3D printers. Access to the lab is open to community and guests 8am-5pm. Use of the 3D printers must be cleared through HC management and local organization, iLab.
When we first opened the workshop was the heartbeat of Haiti Communitere, constantly pulsing with activity and new projects. The context in Haiti has moved away from disaster response but we still utilize the space for community projects, and the uses of our workshop have grown. While you can still rent tools and workshop space, you can also reserve the space for special events. We’ve had local orchestras perform, hosted pop-up restaurants and concerts here, and it turns into a great spot for late-night HC dance parties.
This nice old mango tree provides fruit for breakfast and hosts community made tire benches and 4 hammocks to find a cool reprieve from the bustling activity of Port au Prince. Fairy lights wrapping the tree illuminate the area for a very pleasant atmosphere for night time conversations.
Head upstairs to catch a nice breeze and hop in the Bermuda Triangle, an aptly named collection of 3 hammocks that sucks you in and is hard to get away from. Poze, the kreyol word for “chilling”, is a good descriptor for this space as it has another 2 hammocks, sofa, recycled tire chairs, and several tables to kick back and enjoy a few Prestige with new and old friends.
Make yourself at home and whip up your own meals for lunch, or whenever you’d like. Our kitchen has a basic stove and oven and all the cooking utensils needed to whip up a feast. We just ask that you clean up after yourself and keep the fridge and food cabinets organized.