Most student housing is outdated, sparse, and inefficient. But one French designer is proving that eco-conscious construction can be easy on the budget as well as the eyes.
Stephane Malka, of Malka Architecture, has proposed to construct a new student housing building on the Rue Amelot by adding a variety of reused pallets to an existing structure.
Held using horizontal hinges, the pallets contract towards the top, allowing privacy or large openings.
In reality, ecological strategies often generate an over-production of materials, becoming energy-vores and clients of factories, the polluters of the world, says the designer.
The real ecological combat is within the reappropriation of materials and experimentations with ready-made objects, far from the so-called benevolence of subsidized agencies.
Instead of destroying the old building, which would result in tons of waste and materials to be recycled, Malka's approach merely clothes the structure in an upcycled skin. "The reappropriation of materials recycles the existing without additional processing, which would cost energy in terms of production and create byproduct pollution."
And as Gizmag points out, "With a budget of EUR 290,000 (US$416,425), the student housing project appears to be a financially feasible option that may grab the attention of other urban planners."
Images via Stephane Malka