mnm MOD designed a residence entitled A House and constructed with the help of sustainable materials and technologies. The building accommodates two bedrooms, a music room and a jewelry studio. The interiors are modern and minimalist, displaying a tasteful mix of colors and textures. Generous outdoor spaces expand the living areas and take advantage of the views towards Venice Beach, LA. But the most inspiring characteristic of this 2,400 sq ft home is probably sustainability. According to Inhabitat, the residence uses an “advanced wall system made from recycled steel framing, incorporated insulation, and a mechanical chase to achieve high U and R values” (you will understand this better by simply looking at the last photo of the post). Which basically means that after this home will no longer be used, all the materials can be collected off the site and recycled.
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.