[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.
The renderings in this article are of BaleHaus by ModCell. This UK concept springs from the three positions that we need to: (1) live within our environmental means, (2) maintain a healthy and comfortable quality of life, and (3) build strong communities. Stated otherwise, the BaleHaus is meant to provide good, comfortable living with a guilt-free eco-conscience. BaleHaus is super-insulated, boxy and functional, and geared towards communal living. More renderings below …
I’m starting to run dry on eco-tower projects to talk about on Sundays, so maybe we can get a few more to pop up in Dubai? This skyscraper, Tower Verre, might just be the next green structure in New York. Well, more specifically, Tower Verre is on the table and ready to go, but I’m not entirely sure whether it will be green. WAN notes the following: "solar panels and wind turbines fill the narrow triangular top section, putting its unusually thin silhouette to a reasonable use. This tower is a monument to the rules of shadow and light, and to the forces of the wind." ## I haven’t been able to confirm the use of solar and wind in the tower’s pinnacle, but as always, I think it’s positive to have solar/wind integrated into structures in a meaningful way.
I’m a huge fan of Project7Ten — the first traditionally-built, LEED Platinum home in California (read: non-prefab). But the developers are going after another first, that is, to be the first LEED Platinum home sold on Ebay. That’s right. News that Project7Ten is being sold through AuctionWire is a little shocking to me, too. Why. sell. your. home. via. auction. on. Ebay? Can someone tell me the rationale for an auction-based sale? I mean, I know the market is a little choppy right now, but people with money always have money. Is it really that tough to find a purchaser for one of the greenest homes in CA?
Or stated differently, I guess one can look at this a couple different ways: (1) the seller wants to find a quick purchaser and is trying to cast a wide net for potential candidates, or (2) the house isn’t selling and ebay was the next best idea to try to move it. Certainly, the celebrity state of California has enough candidates for a super stylish, green home, right?