Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Recycled House - Chic Home Made of Scrap


--WEEKEND FEATURE ARCHIVE: art + architecture + design--

Ever wondered about the limits of what one can construct with disposed materials; the limits of re-purposing ? Well we just spotted the very cool Big Dig House of Lexington MA, and this just might give you a good clue.

The house is constructed of steel and concrete from Boston's Big Dig, using over 600,000 lbs of salvaged materials. The home, designed by Single Speed Design, won the firm AIA/BSA Housing Design Award. Standing at over 4300 sq. feet the structure is a spacious modern example of what is possible in sustainable building.







4 comments:

Lynne said...

The terms "sustainable building" and 4300 sq. feet should not be used in the same sentence!

While it is great that this firm used salvaged material from the Big Dig, any house this size is still an exercise in greed and excess.

Paws Awhile said...

In response to Lynne, the idea is probably not to banish greed and excess, but to prove the point that comfortable lifestyles can led without taxing nature.

Anonymous said...

"comfortable lifestyles...without taxing nature"!? Come on Paws Awhile, what sort of argument are you trying to make – because they gathered scrap for their place they're immune to criticism? Of course their point isn't to "banish" greed and excess, it's to celebrate it and attempt to alleviate guilt... Do you know what it takes to heat 4300 sq. ft.? Nature's paying the tax on that sale for sure.

Anonymous said...

While it is certainly a large home and excessive, I hardly think it is "greed" that is driving the design. As the designers were conscious of being sustainable, I would bet that they limited their construction costs by not changing beam lengths which would ultimately lead to some rather large "excessive" spaces. this is a big thumbs up in my opinion.