Repurposed materials are the EcoBuilding Bargains’ business. SITELAB Architecture + Design featured these materials throughout the design.
One example is the decorative parapet that adds warmth to the insulated metal panel facade. This will be constructed of locust, harvested onsite during the site preparation, run through the sawmill and returned to the site as lumber.
Customers will pass through the most obvious example of material reuse every day. The vestibule is structured with recovered timbers and infilled with reused glazed sliding doors and repurposed material panels. The material panels show ways that repurposed materials can be used in different patterns and textures depending on the quantities available.
For example, sometimes EcoBuilding Bargains has a selection of Hardi-plank siding but doesn’t have enough to complete the entire wall of a project. The vestibule shows how colors can be combined in different ways to work around this challenge. One way might be to introduce stripes or create visual interest by using one color in different widths. Another way might be to create a pattern of strips across an entire façade working with a selection of available colors. Another panel shows slate, repurposed from a roof, now used as a wall material.
The vestibule serves as another hardworking element in the design. It not only provides an airlock and transition from the outside to the new insulated building, but it teaches about repurposing by showing innovative methods for material reuse from the moment customers walk through the door.
I believe that every act of design can be a catalyst for building capacity – in individuals, families and communities. The Center for EcoTechnology does this in so many ways. Now their building can do it too!
Caryn Brause, Principal SITELAB Architecture + Design
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