By : WADe Bureau | 18 May 2018 | TRENDING WADe TOPICS
Ar Badrinath Kaleru of Studio Ardete presented the idea of ESID or Environmentally Sustainable Interior Design at WADe Asia 2017. Here is an extract from his presentation.
The concept aims to explore the sustainability aspect, particularly in reference to interior intensive projects. Conventionally interior design is considered as a uni-dimensional practice which focuses on aesthetic transformations only. It represents only fashion and luxury and is more of a statement. But over the recent years it has grown into a large industry given that the turnaround time in commercial interiors is 5 to 7 years. Apart from consuming a lot of resources this also generates a large amount of waste.
The idea of Environmentally Sustainable Interior Design is to facilitate the designers to think in a new dimension. If deployed properly, the economic benefits of ESID are sufficient to convince the clients, social and environmental benefits could be an added value.
The presentation also discussed methods of evaluating various materials like EPM (Environmental Preference Method), LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) and EEM (Embodied Energy Method), concluded by a few projects which the practice thinks are the first few steps in that direction.
It also highlights a couple of key aspects that a designer needs to consider like adaptability, flexibility and minimalist.
Adaptability: It considers how the space can adapt to the further needs of organisation. The energy needed over a lifecycle of the building.
Flexibility: It considers how an area requirement of a particular space can be reduced by making multi use spaces like a library and cafe in a corporate office can be doubled to make it more efficient.
Minimalist: The extent of the material could be reduced without compromising on the design value or the space quality.
Projects: Projects were discussed on parameters of sustainability.
Cafe Zero: A project of a cafe for an office makes use of materials which were removed from various office and research facilities on the campus.
Moksha: A gym studio makes a multi utility space with minimal material use, no ceiling, with screens of very light density.
Atelier Kirkos: A space which uses re-used materials from previous sites of the client, who is a builder. It also uses double bent concrete structures which deploy human resources as the main input in complex shuttering than the material itself.
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