Posts Tagged ‘sustainable design’
October 11th, 2012 – “Even sustainable timber can’t begin to compare with bamboo as a conscientious building material. With very few resources or attention a bamboo shoot can become a structural column within three years, and that house could stand strong for a lifetime,” explained Elora Hardy, the former Donna Karan print designer turned current lead designer of Green Village.
Green Village will eventually consist of 15 homes, set within a river valley landscape along Bali’s sacred Ayung River, and located within walking distance of the world famous Green School – but at the moment, only three of the homes are fully completed. The village is strongly based off the concepts of sustainability and artisan craftsmanship, as it is constructed mainly of Bamboo materials, and uses sustainable concepts in their purest forms. Hardy explained that her team is “committed to changing people’s perspective on the infinite potential of bamboo,” Hardy explained.
“Our homes are designed and built without disturbing the natural integrity of the land, therefore each home is truly unique. Our homeowners enjoy a global environment within a culturally rich Balinese community with access to world-class amenities including home delivery of some of the best organic products available on the planet from Big Tree Farms, owned by a Green School family, as well as events including the Ubud Readers & Writers Festival and restaurants like Mozaic; one of Southeast Asia’s most notable culinary destinations.” Hardy says.
“Our view on being green comes out of being logical, doing no harm and being conscientious,” says Hardy. “By utilizing sustainable materials and artisan craftsmanship mixed with social responsibility, we have created a unique development concept.” She continues to add that “a percentage of every villa sold is contributed to Green School’s Balinese Student Scholarship Fund that has already provided 15% of our current student body with a tuition free education. ”
(Photographs: Green Village)
September 5th, 2012 – The look of the new Neo Derm Medical Aesthetic Center designed by Beige Design was inspired by youth, energy, sustainability, and continuity. The center sits in a bustling neighborhood in Hong Kong, where it’s 1,500 square feet is designed to attract young customers for skin care and cosmetic treatments. Check out the below narrative, where the architects at Beige Design took us through the facility.
Backdrop of the reception is a lime color wall with a front layer of translucent recycled resins panel, the embossed lines on the panel are just like the light beams dashing around to embrace the space speedily. A clean white high-gloss paint reception island landed on the reconstitute stone flooring create a contrast to the backdrop.
Beams of white dashing lines are running throughout the white ceiling and extending to the surrounding space with dynamics. The relaxation zone adjacent to the reception is set on a lime on lime color tone from furniture to carpet that emphasizes the young and rejuvenated brand essence by over viewing the Victoria harbor. Fabric sofas are designed with rounded ends to offer a comfortable and warm mood to welcome customers.
Lines lead the way when the customer is walking into the treatment area. Following the dashing line pattern on the reception backdrop and ceiling, lines continue to take the lead in the corridor where product display shelves with LED lightings were lining up on the wall. The wall on the opposite side of the corridor is echoing with a long piece of line artwork. Lines in different forms are spreading around to keep the dynamics in the space.
Privilege is a special key attracting the young customers. Treatment rooms in this skin care center are specially designed as a multifunctional room that is capable to perform as a cosmetic room, an entertainment room as well as a treatment room to fit with their needs. Where a ‘line’ sliding picture is designed to cover the mirror on top of the cosmetic table. This tricky design helps to prevent the reflection inside the room during laser treatment is in operation. Catching the flow, the high gloss paint wall panels are set as subtle line features to lead the flow. Where the table is connecting to the seating, basic counter top is connecting a hanging cabinet demonstrating the concept of ‘continuity’, all the things are getting connected and bringing forth into other space.
In the makeup room, its special triangular shape demonstrates a play of intimate reflection. In the treatment room and makeup room, the main characters are always the user, which marks the meaningful connection to the continuity of lines.
From curtains, furniture, ceiling patterns, artworks to every details of the space, it is carefully designed to resonate the theme of lines, and lime color highlights are just enough to demonstrate the dashy and energetic design brief for this particular skin care center.
(Photography: Beige Design)