Although many designers are forced to skimp on costly building facades, this studio apartment near Amsterdam features re-used fabric shingles that flap in the wind. On a tight budget, Rob Veening added the stairs, interior fixings, and a few finishing touches after the contractor rendered the building water and wind tight. But he worked closely with studiotx and cc studio to create a spacious, well-lit design that is also sustainable. To this end, the latter used their contacts in the tent industry to access discarded fabric that could be used in lieu of a more expensive facade.
What would otherwise be wasted material, the PTFE (Teflon) coated fiberglass fabric is both durable and non-combustible. The team worked together with approximately 1200 square meters of this flexible material (used for food industry conveyor belts), which they tacked on to osb panels to create overlapping shingles.
Adding to the home studio’s allure is the heavy infusion of natural lighting. Both a skylight and carefully oriented windows permit light to penetrate all levels of the home, cutting down on electricity use which uses even less energy than required by law. The home was so sustainable that it received “green” financing, or a lower interest than loans for conventional homes. Despite having a small budget, Veening and the two studios managed to pull off a home that is wider, brighter, and greener than its more stoic neighbors.