In this project, Leger Wanaselja Architecture remodeled and added to a 100 year old house and adjacent concrete block shop in Berkeley, California. Raising up the two and a half story house and building a new commercial space below created a compound of two street level commercial spaces with two residential units above. Rather than simply refurbishing the existing buildings, we salvaged them. Recombining building elements with discarded auto parts and recycled materials, we created a modern, sun-filled architecture that uses a minimum of new material. Several energy saving measures were included throughout that project that taken together dramatically improved energy performance. Residences now use less than a third as much gas as those in similar buildings of this era. Cutting edge at the time of completion, this project won both national and local AIA awards for green design.
via Leger Wanaselja Architects | GreenDwellings.com.
Reduce Reuse Recycle, Re-invent — There’s an old saying that “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” Some junk is just that until recycled or upcycled into treasure.
The mixed use project is not only energy efficient but also fun. The junk yard became Karl Wanaselja’s palette. Some 14 million cars are junked a year, so the pickings are ripe, and he sees no shortage of parts in the future The San Francisco Bay Area, he says, is a great resource – a hub — for scrap metal. Much of the metal is gathered in yards to be sold overseas. The road and street signs, some from as far away as Wyoming, cost $1.00 a pound – he bought three and a half tons from four salvage yards. Wanaselja used the street signs as pickets and siding. For the picket fence gate that leads into the courtyard, one can read the street names. He reversed the aluminum signs and used them as siding on much of the project – the back sides are silver.
via Living Downstream – GreenBuilder.