The future Earthship residents Kris Plantz and Nicole Bennett, along with a group of enthusiastic volunteer helpers, have been busy constructing the first Earthship home in Manitoba, Canada for over a year. Their future off-the-grid, eco-friendly home will be made from mainly earth, concrete and recycled materials such as old tires, pop cans and glass bottles.
Why not build a prefab almost entirely out of reclaimed materials? That’s what Reclaimed Space founder Tracen Gardner wants to do. Mr. Gardner was in between contracting jobs and began constructing a portable building using primarily reclaimed materials. In the process, he liked what he was doing so much that he decided to create Reclaimed Space to continue building modular, passively-designed cabins. To start off with, the company will build spaces from 240 square feet and at prices in the range of $115 to $160 psf (min. $25k).
I was blown away by Alberto Mozó‘s simple and clean design for the Edificio BIP Computers building in Santiago de Chile. It’s an unassuming three-story structure built on a lot that’s zoned to allow a larger structure of up to twelve stories in height. Knowing that the building may not last very long (due to the favorable location and zoning), the design makes use of standard-sized, laminated timber beams that can be dismounted and used to reconstruct the entire building somewhere else. Mozo calls the idea "transitivity" — designing structures that can be easily broken down and reconstructed elsewhere.