Tonight, Michelle Kaufmann announced that her firm will participate in the "smart home: green + wired, Powered by ComEd and Warmed by Peoples Gas" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry ("MSI") opening May 8, 2008. MKD will exhibit a modern, green prefab on parkland just southeast of MSI. The project has been in the works for a few months, and over the last week, they’ve broken ground and laid the foundation. As rendered above, the full-sized mkSolaire will demonstrate the mk 5 EcoPrinciples: smart design, eco materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy living.
Previously we wrote about High Street Philadelphia, which is a super-green, mixed use community being developed by home(scale). They sent me some new renderings pictured above and below, and the hope is that they’ll be able to see this project to a reality. High Street is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, the highest designation bestowed by the USGBC, and will feature 51 carbon-neutral residential units, 3 commercial units, a cafe and organic grocery, and underground parking.
Units will feature high design and contemporary materials from such brands as Duravit, Hansgroghe, Schiffini, and Fisher Paykel. They will be offered at affordable prices, or "work-force pricing," too. It’s going to be an excellent, net-zero energy development with courtyards, photovoltaic power, solar hot water, LED lighting, efficient systems, green roofs, bio-mass filtration, and access to the Philly CarShare program.
The look of this building is incredible. I’ve seen living walls and how the growth can devour structures, but I like the look here. Asia is so moist, what with the rainy season in the summer, etc., that I’ve seen walls growing a sort of perma-algae. So, I think the design here in Seoul, Korea works and I like how the windows break through the calm chaos of green.
The Mass Studies-designed building houses an Ann Demeulemeester store on the first level and restaurant above. The design relies on a trifecta of colors: deep green, coffee brown, and minimalist white — all of which blend and dance nicely. I’m not sure as to whether anything else is green (i.e., materials, systems, etc.), but nonetheless, I really like the manifestation of green.
This is the miniHome DUO SE, which is basically the combo of an add-on and the SOLO 2008 version that was recently announced. Starting at $149,900, it’s a well-designed home of 475 sf. The DUO uses 1/10th the water, fuels, and materials, and 1/100th the electrical energy of a conventional home: it’s a net-zero energy home. And as you can tell from the renderings, you can outfit your DUO with a stylish green roof and contemporary wrap-around decking. Really, anything is possible with this little treasure home. Small. Stylish. Green. Affordable. Looks like Sustain MiniHome is offering financing now on their homes, too.
[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