Brighton Waste House, East Sussex Property, English Residence, New Home

Brighton Waste House

Residential Development in East Sussex, Southeast England by BBM Sustainable Design architects

3 Sep 2015

Brighton Waste House, Sussex

Brighton Waste House

Architect: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd

Location: Brighton, East Sussex, Southern England, UK

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From a distance this looks like an ordinary contemporary town house. However when one gets nearer and sees carpet tiles used as wall cladding, it becomes clear this is a project with an interesting agenda. More than a space to live, work and play in, the house is a collective of experiments in which students learn by application the ways whereby recycled materials can be used in construction. Although not immediately obvious, the design process and personal stories behind each wall, piece of furniture and light fitting are simply fascinating.

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It is a project that will never be fully resolved, will have a continually evolving brief and will always be full of activity, thanks to a dedicated team of supporters. Some of the experiments are extraordinary: from old toothbrushes used as insulation to old carpet tiles used as rain-screen cladding. This project cleverly breathes new life into objects and materials that would normally be discarded.

The Brighton Waste House has sufficient scientific integrity to be taken seriously by the construction industry and just enough political clout to influence recycling policy. It is clear this interesting project will continue to question important issues of recycling that affect everyone.

Brighton Waste House – Building Information

Architect: BBM Sustainable Design Ltd
Location: Brighton
Internal Area: 85m2
Completed: 2014
Cost: £200,000
Client: College of Arts & Humanities, University of Brighton
Contractor: The Mears Group
Structural Engineer: BBP Consulting Engineers
M&E Engineer: Robinson Associates Engineers
Photographer: The University of Brighton

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