Hong Kong Tatler Homes - - PROPERTY -

Hong Kong ar­chi­tect Kevin Chu Yau-wing and his Ital­ian wife, Gi­u­lia Di­bonaven­tura, ren­o­vated their 1,293sqft Discovery Bay home with rub­bish—in their bid to prove that beauty and eco-friendly aren’t mu­tu­ally ex­clu­sive con­cepts. They laid par­ti­cle porce­lain tiles, made from con­struc­tion waste, in the three-bed­room home, which they’ve named Eco 1, and used other sus­tain­able ma­te­ri­als such as cork to cover bed­room walls. The cof­fee ta­ble was made from bits and pieces col­lected while beach­comb­ing.

The cou­ple in­stalled house plants to fil­ter the air, and air con­di­tion­ing is rarely needed be­cause roof in­su­la­tion helps keep the in­te­ri­ors cool. So­lar pan­els on the roof con­vert one day of ex­po­sure to the sun into 48 hours of light­ing. One square me­tre of the roof is the home’s “farm,” sup­ply­ing 60 per cent of the cou­ple’s veg­eta­bles over a year. Nearby, a wall ac­com­mo­dates a ver­ti­cal herb gar­den.

SUS­TAIN­ABLE LIV­ING From top: The ver­ti­cal herb gar­den on the roof; some of the walls around Eco 1 are cov­ered in cork; the floors fea­ture par­ti­cle porce­lain tiles, which were made from con­struc­tion waste

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