Danish architect Bjarke Ingels collaborated with clothing brand Vollebak to design a completely self-sufficient off-the-grid island home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Planned on an island within Jeddore Harbour, the home is designed to embody the clothing brand’s ideals and Ingels’ studio BIG’s “philosophy of hedonistic sustainability.”
“Vollebak uses technology and material innovation to create garments that are not only beautiful, but also sustainable and resilient,” said Ingels.
“In other words, the fashion equivalent of BIG’s architectural philosophy of hedonistic sustainability.” At Vollebak Island, we create rooms on artificial mountains of individual volumes that jut out from the ground, and on the edge of crashing waves. I envisioned it as some sort of independent outpost.”
“We wanted to bring their idea of ’hedonistic sustainability’ down to the scale of a single-family home,” added Steve Tidball, co-founder of Vollebak.
Ingels and Volbach designed the Reeder Island home. Leader Island was renamed Volbach Island. The research team envisions the island as a sustainable getaway that can offer “a powerful vision for how we can live independently on Earth.”
The island, along with Ingels’ design, which has received full construction permits, will be auctioned next week by Sotheby’s Concierge Auctions.
At the center of the island will be a 597 square meter house named Earth House, which will consist of nine interconnected buildings arranged around a central courtyard.
All living blocks will be constructed of thatch, and the four bedrooms will be constructed from flame-retardant hemp concrete. The boathouse will be insulated with seaweed and the stargazing room will be constructed of polished concrete.
Also attached to the house will be a greenhouse made entirely of glass bricks used to grow food for the island’s residents, and a Japanese-style bathhouse with a bathtub carved out of the island’s bedrock.
“We’ve made clothes using everything from copper and algae to ceramics, minerals and graphene,” Tidball told Dezeen.
“But in the case of clothing, there are practical limitations because everything you design has to function right next to the human body, which is always in motion. So moving into architecture opens up a lot more possibilities. He continued.
“This project considers both cutting-edge and ancient materials, from bedrock and thatch to seaweed and hempcrete. Between Vollebak and BIG, we are using innovative materials to There is a shared belief that we can solve some of the challenges of…
Alongside the main residence, the team designed an eight-metre-tall triangular guesthouse. island’east coast. The two-bedroom home, named Wood House, will be built from timber harvested on the island.
Homes on the island will be powered by a combination of geothermal energy, offshore wind and solar power, and residents will grow all their own food. Tidball hopes the island will be purchased by someone who wants to embrace a self-sufficient lifestyle.
“Vollebak Island is designed to be an extraordinary man-made ecosystem where everything you need for life is on the island,” he explained.
“Therefore, we hope that those who identify with the vision we have created, those who will be excited to see all the energy generated by the sun, the earth, the wind and the ground, will “We expect people to buy and build. People want to see crops grow in their greenhouses and the planted roofs of all their buildings,” he continued.
“At the same time, this is a proof of concept for BIG’s Earth program.”
Tidball also hopes elements of the project can be adapted and applied to other plans around the world.
“There are three areas that we think Vollebak Island is really exploring in interesting ways that could be useful for forward-looking projects around the world,” he explained.
“The initial idea is that we are designing a family home that works in complete harmony with nature. We grow all our own food on the island and use the surrounding sea, wind and soil. and generate all the energy needed for the island,” he continued. “So if you think of a small piece of land as a whole ecosystem in itself, you have to design it in interesting ways.”
“The second thing is to design an off-grid home on an island in Nova Scotia where the weather is very variable and there are four seasons in a day, and you can’t guarantee that there’s going to be sunlight on every wall. You can’t ask ‘solar power to do all the work for you,”’ Tidball added.
“The third question is how to utilize the island’s abundant wood, rock, and seaweed on site to help create home structures and buildings.”
Founded in 2015 by Steve Tidball and his twin brother Nick, Vollebak designs experimental clothing. Recently launched products include a near-indestructible jacket made of Dyneema, a fiber 15 times stronger than steel, and a coat made of graphene that acts as a radiator.
Visuals courtesy of BIG and Vollebak.