Danish architect Bjarke Ingels has collaborated with clothes model Vollebak to design a wholly self-sufficient, off-grid island residence in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Deliberate for an island inside Jeddore Harbour, the home is designed to exemplify the clothes model’s beliefs and Ingels’ studio BIG’s “philosophy of hedonistic sustainability”.
“Vollebak is utilizing know-how and materials innovation to create garments which are as sustainable and resilient as they’re lovely,” stated Ingels.
“In different phrases, the style equal of BIG’s architectural philosophy of hedonistic sustainability. For Vollebak Island, we have now imagined the rooms as a artifical mount of particular person volumes rising out of the bottom and a separate outpost on the fringe of the breaking waves.”
“We wished to deliver their concept of ‘hedonistic sustainability’ all the way down to the size of a single household residence,” added Vollebak co-founder Steve Tidball.
Ingels and Vollebak designed the home for Chief Island, which has been rebranded Vollebak Island. The group envisions the island as a sustainable retreat that would supply a “highly effective imaginative and prescient of how we would stay on Earth in a self-sustaining manner”.
The island, together with Ingels’ designs which have full permissions to be constructed, is about to be auctioned subsequent week by Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions.
On the centre of the island would be the 597-square-metre residence named Earth Home, which consists of 9 interconnected buildings organized round a central courtyard.
The residing block might be made solely from thatch, whereas the 4 bedrooms might be manufactured from fire-retardant hempcrete. A boathouse might be insulated with seaweed and a star-gazing room might be constructed from polished concrete.
Additionally related to the house might be a greenhouse made solely of glass brick and used to develop meals for the island’s residents, and a Japanese-style bathhouse containing tubs minimize from the island’s bedrock.
“We have constructed clothes with every thing from copper and algae to ceramics, minerals and graphene,” Tidball instructed Dezeen.
“However in clothes, there’s a sensible restrict as every thing you design has to work proper subsequent to a human physique that is at all times shifting. So while you transfer into structure extra potentialities open up,” he continued.
“On this challenge, we’re supplies which are each cutting-edge and historical – from bedrock and thatch to seaweed and hempcrete. There is a shared perception between Vollebak and BIG within the energy of utilizing progressive supplies to resolve a few of the greatest challenges.”
Alongside the principle residence, the group has designed an eight-metre-high, triangular visitor home on the island’s japanese shore. Named Wooden Home, the two-bedroom residence can be constructed from wooden felled on the island.
The homes on the island can be powered by a mixture of geothermal power, offshore wind and solar energy, whereas the residents would develop all their very own meals. Tidball hopes that the island can be bought by somebody who needs to embrace a self-sufficient way of life.
“Vollebak Island is designed to be a unprecedented man-made ecosystem the place every thing you want for all times is on the island,” he defined.
“So we anticipate Vollebak Island to be purchased and constructed by somebody who shares the imaginative and prescient we have created – somebody who can be excited to see all their power being generated in full view by the solar, earth, wind and floor round them, and who want to see their crops rising of their greenhouse and on the planted roofs of all of the buildings,” he continued.
“On the identical time, it’s also a proof of idea for BIG’s plan for the planet.”
Tidball additionally hopes that components from the challenge might be tailored and utilized to different schemes all over the world.
“There are three areas that we expect Vollebak Island actually explores in an attention-grabbing manner that may be helpful for different future-facing tasks all over the world,” he defined.
“The primary concept is that we’re designing a household residence that works solely in concord with nature – rising all its personal meals on the island, and utilizing the ocean, wind, and earth round it to generate all of the power the island will want,” he continued. “So fascinated by a small piece of land as its personal whole ecosystem forces you to design in attention-grabbing methods.”
“The second is designing an off-grid residence on an island in Nova Scotia the place the climate could be very changeable, and you’ll have 4 seasons in a day. While you’re not assured wall-to-wall sunshine you possibly can’t ask photo voltaic to do all of the work,” Tidball added.
“The third is how we’re in situ utilisation and utilizing the ample wooden, rock and seaweed on the island to assist create the buildings and buildings of the home.”
Based in 2015 by Steve Tidball and his twin brother Nick, Vollebak designs experimental clothes. Current launches embody a near-indestructible jacket constructed from Dyneema – a fibre that’s 15 instances stronger than metal and a coat from graphene that acts as a radiator.
The visuals are courtesy of BIG and Vollebak.