Sustainable Architecture

How do you bring Mother Nature to a small office space?

As humans we thrive when surrounded by mother nature. There is nothing new in me telling you that that.

Its all great in theory and then you find yourself sitting in your office cubicle feeling a bit like the mouse on the running wheel and not a Sky Planter or Woolly Pocket in sight…

 

Bad office layout and a lack of greenery has been proven time and again to have a direct correlation to:

  • high staff turnover
  • increased sick days
  • higher levels of stress
  • poor concentration
  • lower work efficiency

Not great for the business owner or the staff.

 

Nidolab (an Argentine architecture and interior design firm) have taken the challenge and with just 54 m2 have created this space:

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Top 50 Sustainable Building Leaders announced…

Your Future Home has released the results of its search for the Top 50 Sustainable Building Leaders

 

Top 50 Sustainable Building Leader 2012

 

 

I am thrilled to announce that I am in the Top 50! Continue reading

Your Future Home Top 50 Sustainable Building Leaders – Have your say…

Your Future Home is creating a Top 50 list in an effort to spotlight those individuals, companies, associations, non-for-profits, suppliers, products, government bodies, websites, magazines and journalists that are inspiring and focused towards the success of the sustainable building industry in Australia.

Your Future Home Top 50 Sustainable Building Leaders

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SJ Bookcase by We Do Wood

A new client lives in a beautiful apartment overlooking the Brisbane river.

Its views are what makes this inner city unit a real find and the wall to ceiling windows make for the perfect feature wall to maximise the view.

It’s one challenge is its petite size.

 

The first part of the client’s brief is for Sabi Style to find a green/sustainable solution to showcase some of their amazing collection of treasures brought back from their travels.

Our goal is to find something that will enhance rather than make the space feel cramped or awkward.

 

The solution is the SJ Bookcase by Danish designers from We Do Wood.

 

Sustainably designed "SJ Bookcase" by Henrik Thygesen and Sebastian Jørgensen from We Do Wood (image from We Do Wood)

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The Story of Stuff

 

The job this week has really got me thinking about Stuff. In particular, what is it that makes people desire the latest “bright & shiny” in place of their trusted and well loved possessions. Don’t get me wrong – things age and need to be replaced. I have no problem with that. My problem lies with a need to “keep up with the Joneses”… 

Keeping up with the Joneses (illustration by Allan Sanders)

It can become an endless cycle of buying the latest and greatest. No sooner have you ripped it out of the box, than it is out of date and so the cycle continues again. If we set aside our rose coloured glasses and pop on the green tinted ones – it is easy to see how this can all go a bit pear shaped. One planet with limited natural resources which are being used at an ever faster rate = A need to do a major rethink. Continue reading