ECO 1, HONG KONG
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