The architecture of the Ger Plug-In 3.0 is prefabricated and based on the cheapest traditional way to build a house while upgrading its performance to meet the challenges of its change from a nomadic to urban context. Further, the household’s energy mix changes from raw fuel to electricity. The energy use intensity is reduced by 36% when compared to self-built houses that use coal, which represents an estimated 7.8-ton CO2 emission reduction. The Ger Plug-In 3.0 prototype is currently under construction as part of the in-situ incremental upgrading strategy for the ger districts to improve air quality, health, and wellbeing through access to affordable and energy efficient housing with integrated infrastructure.
Project Status: Under construction since January 2023.
An exemplary model for building conservation initiatives that advocates for a re-evaluation of the significance of existing vernacular structures - favoring repurposing over demolition.
Holcim Awards 2023 Jury for Asia Pacific
The jury particularly appreciated the profound cultural significance embedded in this sustainable design project that merges modern energy-efficient principles with traditional architecture. The project’s recognition of the enduring legacy of traditional Mongolian culture, symbolized by the ger and its representation of the people’s nomadic origins, deeply impressed the panel.
The architects’ commitment to preserving cultural heritage while innovatively integrating sustainable features exemplifies a harmonious blend of tradition and progress. The architects’ innovation is noteworthy, as they adeptly navigate existing traditional building techniques to create a contemporary solution. This strategy, distinct from merely adopting modern building technologies, successfully eliminates the practice of open coal burning while presenting a contextually fitting and health-conscious housing typology for the local population. By doing so, the project takes into consideration not only the architectural and energy efficiency aspects but also the well-being of the occupants, which was considered a great asset of the project. This careful attention to comfort ensures that the inhabitants can enjoy the benefits of the energy-efficient ger house while experiencing an enhanced quality of life, truly demonstrating the architects' dedication to holistic sustainability.