Artek Pavilion by Shigeru Ban, Green UPM ProFi

Artek Pavilion

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. 

More images: @Helsinki + @Milan

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Saving the Environment, Thin-Film Solar, Regenerative Green, + Lower Operating Costs (WIR)

Week in Review

Prototipo di Casa Unifamiliare, Low-Energy Green

Akaarchitetti

AKA Architetti just won an international competition for their development of a single-family home prototype that’s low-energy and very stylish.  Their design, pictured above and below, will be commercialized in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, with the first units in Darb, Germany in 2008.  The residential prototype calls for eco-friendly materials, photovoltaics on the pitched roof, and energy-saving devices and appliances.  The home will be sufficiently roomy at a decent 1,400 sf big, too.

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Oeschger weeHouse Open House, For Sale

Oeschger weeHouse

The newest not-so-weeHouse, which is also the first weeHouse in a major city, is having an open house next week.  This is your chance to tour a prefab if you’re in the area!  Located at 4221 Ewing Avenue South, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Oeschger weeHouse is 2,200 sf with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.  They used four boxes in constructing the home with the following green features: high-R foam insulation, Kohler dual-flush toilets, bamboo floors and detailing, natural cedar siding, and floor-to-ceiling windows.  The Urban weeHouse will be open for viewing on December 14, 2007, from 4 – 7 pm.  Who knows, maybe you’ll end up with a weeHouse for Christmas?

Other Good Links:
++Urban weeHouse
++Alchemy Architects

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Chipotle, Minimal and Uniquely Green

Chipotle

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.

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Results: Green Buildings Pay Off!

20bill

The results of the first systematic study of green buildings are in and they look good!  Specifically, the study filtered sample data to Class A office buildings larger than 200,000 sf, 5 stories or more, built since 1970, and multi- tenanted.  To compare green versus non-green, they used Energy Star and non-Energy Star buildings, and therefore, the sample contained 223 Energy Star buildings (111.7 million square feet) and 2,077 non-Energy Star buildings (889.1 million square feet).  The results: (1) HIGHER occupancy rates, (2) HIGHER rental rates, and (3) HIGHER sales prices psf for Energy Star buildings. 

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