Sustainable Houses

450-Foot Sustainable Home Makes Use of Recycled Materials

Argentine design firm Gruba has managed to convert a small 450-foot-meter home into an sustainable living space using recycled materials like wood scraps from a local factory and plastic bottle caps.

Believe it or not, this tiny abode created for this year’s Casa FOA architecture and design event fits a┬áiving room, dinning area, kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, storage space and even a small container herbs farm in just 450 feet of space. It was organized by a wooden volume built from wood scraps, which separates public areas from private ones and holds the kitchen and bathroom. Behind it, another cleverly designed volume features the storage space and two elevated area – the small herb farm and sleeping space. Since a conventional bedroom is a waste of space two thirds of a day anyway, Gruba designers came up with this comfy sleeping area instead. In the small bathroom the walls are decorated with colored plastic bottle caps.

The furniture was also designed by the design studio and is easy to disassemble and move around thanks to the no-screw-no-glue policy. Everything was made with wood from responsible sources and the stools are covered with tennis balls sourced from courts where they are no longer used for matches. Water from the bathroom and kitchen sinks is recycled and used for flushing the toilet and the entire energy consumption of the house is just 500 watts, thanks in part to the LED lighting.




via TreeHugger


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