[RSS – Click Here to View] I found this video on YouTube of Jason Steele’s vision for a shipping container building. The idea in the video shows two sides being taken off to expand the floor area by 50%. He also has bamboo landscaping to create shading on the sun-exposed southern part of the home (Phoenix, Arizona). Looks pretty cool, but let’s see if it gets made, because in the world of container and prefab design, reality counts for something
It looks like Michelle Kaufmann is extending her successful prefab business into green interior products. Her newly designed website now lists a couple green surface designs that are pretty stunning. In collaboration with Concreteworks, MKD is offering mkPURE, a super-modern sink, and mkISLAND, a modern island/table. Both the mkPURE and mkISLAND come in three finishes: (1) WHITE, made of concrete with fly ash and recycled porcelain, (2) LINEN, made of concrete with rice hull, and (3) GRAY, made of concrete with fly ash and rice hull.
Pricing on the mkPURE starts at $1,950, unless you buy in bulk. Similarly, the mkISLAND starts at $5,250.
This is the San Francisco Sunset Idea House for 2007, and it's one of the first LEED Certified residential remodeled homes in the nation. This home is unique from other Sunset Idea Houses in that it's in a dense urban area on a compact site. There are two-units and the smaller one, which is about 1,200 sf, is reportedly on sale for $1,089,000. No word on whether the larger, 3,600 sf unit will be for sale.
Many of you already know of FLOR, the carpet tile company that sells carpet squares that you piece together to make your own unique rug. But did you know that FLOR is an eco-conscious company. The company has a mission to eliminate any negative environmental impact by 2020. Already, their waste sent to landfills has been cut by 63% and their absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 56%. Many of their tile collections are made with recycled content, such as Fedora, which is made of 80% post-consumer fibers. Another product, Terra, is made of 34% PLA, which is a renewable corn-based resource.
FLOR has a great range of styles, texture, colors, and patterns. FLOR even has a reclaim program where they take back your old tiles and recycle them into new products.
This is the Artek Pavilion, aka "The Space of Silence," which was designed by Shigeru Ban and built with primarily one material: an environmentally-friendly, paper plastic composite known as UPM ProFi. Debuting in the U.S. this weekend at Design Miami, the pavilion is roughly 131 long x 16 feet wide and can be assembled and taken apart quickly. It’s a nomadic installation in the beauty and power of next generation materials in real world applications. The main material, UPM ProFi, comes in three modern colors and is made from scrap paper and plastic. UPM ProFi is normally used in decking, but this installation proves that it’s durable and flexible enough to be used with variety. I’ll update the images if I can get some shots from the Miami exhibition.
I’m writing this article on Chipotle, and I can’t help but think how nice a little midnight chicken burrito would taste. I love this place. Minimalist. Exposed. Clean. And. Green. Ever notice the fact that no two Chipotle Restaurants look alike? They put their restaurants in all sorts of locations, old and new. We just got a new one in an old building, but the restaurant is nice. It’s fantastic. Their napkins are made of recycled content, and if my memory serves correctly, I remember reading on one of their cups that they source their beans fair trade. But that’s not all.