Normally when see wonderful and beautifully upholstered sofa it is made of first hand materials. With the Nikki Sofa by Rabih Hage, it is the opposite. The Nikki Sofa is a great and stylish sofa that is totally made of recycled materials. To create something new, the designer uses some pre-existing pieces, reused it and has its beauty revealed. He then uses the torn sail from sail makers for the sofa’s stylish and artistic upholstery. Instead of seeing these junk materials in our landfills, Rabih have saves it from causing our landfills to continue grow and made their lives have a new meaning and purpose.
Self-sustainability and green is now the most common concept every designer has in their minds. Various green and eco-friendly products are now coming out in the market; many of our fellowmen are now enjoying the benefits of living green and saving large amount of energy consumption. Joining the green loving people are the designers of Kieran Timberlake Associate. They have designed the Cellophane House – a prefabricated home created for the masses. The cellophane house can be built in amazingly 16 days and has a life of around 10 years. Another great feature of this house apart from the sustainable facilities is that, it can grow and shrink as families grow and shrinks as well.
Thin photovoltaic panels integrated into the house’s wall can produce enough electricity to run the house entirely off the grid. The walls also include an inner layer of solar heat and UV blocking film to let in plenty of sunlight while also keeping the heat at bay. Ventilation is achieved through a cavity in the wall which keeps the interior cool in the summer and warm during the winter.
Considering that the average lifecycle of a building is a mere 10 years, coupled with an increase in transitory habitation, KieranTimberlake integrated easy assembly and disassembly into the planning and building of the Cellophane House. The modular construction enables the house to be broken down into parts, or to be reused in another residence all together. It also means that the house can grow and shrink as families go from child-bearing to empty-nesters. Renderings indicate that the Cellophane House can serve as a single-family home, or a multi-family complex.
Staying committed to their firm’s philosophy, KierenTimberlake is continuing to research the overall performance of the Cellophane House. While prices still haven’t been determined, the prefab homes are fabricated off site to reduce construction and labor costs. KieranTimberlake hopes to roll out the house in a manner that will make it available to every homeowner.
As part of raising awareness for climate change, Taiwan now has the new landmark of sustainability with the presence of the Bionic Arch, a sustainable tower in Taipei, Taiwan. The project is hosted and sponsored by the city government of Taichung and boasts of its numerous eco-friendly features making it a sustainable building.
The Bionic Arch will produce zero carbon emission and is 100% sufficient with the use of sustainable energies like solar and wind coupled with other sustainable sources with the help of botanical and biotechnologies. The structure will have park and green land, green vertical platforms, sky gardens and living facades amongst many of the eco-friendly features it has.
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