Thursday, 6 April 2006

Green Building - Berlin library, Airstream

I thoroughly enjoyed my day off blogging but it was tough to resist. It's nice to be back.

One of the things I was doing was trying to get some advice about my house. I don't know if I've posted much about my commitment to green issues and in particular to green building design, a subject close to my heart as I try to rebuild my mobile home in a more eco friendly and sustainable way. This will be a new addition to the things I'm posting. It's not felt and paper but to me it is craft and design so it's relevant to my blog in that respect.


I also got my copy of Living Etc today and though it had lots of white to make me happy I was really dissappointed to see yet another article about being 'green' which was really pretty crap. Sorry for the language but that's me being tame about it. There is so much fantastic green design out there and they just showed the same telephone wire bowls and birkenstocks that they always show when they do a tiny conssession piece. So I'll perhaps start posting on these things too. But for now it's buildings.

I've got pretty wide ranging tastes in houses, as in everything, with a passion from things ranging from beach houses and cabins, to pod living, underground houses and even things that look a bit space age (2001 A Space Odyssey was a huge interiors inf
luence in my childhood). I love a cosy thick walled Scottish croft but equally I loved the bright open plan homes in LA with light flooding through and sleek exteriors. At home I love to combine beach finds, skip hauls, retro furniture, cutting edge design (not that I actually have any of that, but I still yearn for an Ice chair from John Lewis).

So here is the beginning of my posts on green architecture that inspires me. I hope it will inspire some of you as well and that maybe I can even enlighten you about the options that are out there.


How's this for an organic form with passive solar heating through the glazing, and so gorgeous at night...
The Free University Library in Berlin by Foster and Partners.



When I lived in LA my friend Cynthia lived in an airstream, at least I think it was, it was huge and silver and curvy but I'd never heard of Airstream before so I couldn't say for sure that it was one. Anyway I loved that thing and it started a long term desire to have one. Now guess what, you can get a miniture one.
A mini airstream from International CCD...



Blimey I'll have to stop there, and I didn't even have any wooden buildings on yet, but I forgot I have to go to work in 45mins so I can get Friday off and be reasonably rested for Anna's visit.

7 comments:

hillary said...

everyone's feeling green these days. cool! I was posting yesterday about my husband's office and its awards for green building standards. there's some info here, resources, etc. maybe something could be helpful for residential building...
http://building.cnt.org/tour/site.php

Robin said...

Nice to see you after your short break! Green building is a great topic. Fellow blogger Kathy at http://www.whiletangerinedreams.typepad.com/ is building a home from straw bails, which sounds interesting. I'm looking forward to your posts. And thank you for your sweet complements to Oscar at my blog!

vegasandvenice said...

I am so glad you are posting about green architecture! Green building is beautiful in so many ways!

lisa s said...

i LOVE airstreams.... and thinking green.... such a good thing... and so worth it!

susan said...

I just love this building and am so sad that I didn't see itw hen we were in Berlin. of course the mini airstream is amazing as well! i have always loved those shiny things, the magpie that i am. Green is the only way to go! awesome touch cally...

sharon whyte said...

oh great post! I assume you know about Earthshipsand that there is one in Scotland that you can visit, but if not then definitely worth checking out.

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