Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on August 19, 2008
If you’re in the market for a cleaner, greener office space or work studio, you have to check out ecospace. In collaboration with London-based architectural practice Idris-Perrineau Town, ecospace has designed a small, green-roofed studio that is built completely from sustainable materials…
Or so they say.
You don’t need to look far to start questioning the green-ness of these tiny abodes; the whole exterior is clad in “sustainable red cedar.” (Perhaps it’s not so rare in England as it is in the U.S.) The inside walls are made of birch, another not-so-replaceable species — and with other more sustainable wall coverings available, I’m not sure why ecospace is using trees. Finally, the floor inside is made of rubber, which will last a long time, but relies on petroleum at some point during its creation.
Overall, however, the idea behind ecospace is sound. Smaller is better for energy consumption and these boxes are well-insulated using a layered approach to both the walls and the roof. Anyone who has hiked at high altitudes will tell you that layering is the best way to keep your temperature where you want it.
What really intrigues me is the living roof. It absorbs water rather than repel it — sequestering rainwater instead of letting it run off into sewers and eventually into streams and rivers. The roof also sequesters CO2, which is a nice way to mitigate removing trees to build.
If you’re in the U.S., you might be out of luck if you like what you see. These little boxes are only available in England right now. Hopefully someone on this side of the Atlantic is paying attention.