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  • 09 Nov

    30,000 Recycled Bottles Help Make Air-Conditioning Unnecessary

    Designers’ Own Homes: Ridwan KamilBottles

    The Architect of the Unconventional in Indonesia

    Text by Susan Sheehan/Photography by Sonny Sandjaya/Arcaid
    Published September 2009

    Enlightened architects increasingly deploy conventional environmentally smart building measures—solar panels, Energy Star-rated appliances, “green” roofs. Now, add to these conventional measures an ingenious one: the 30,000 empty Red Bull bottles that Ridwan Kamil, an architect who lives in Bandung, Indonesia, made a key component of his residence.

    In the United States, the high-caffeine beverage with the distinctive logo of two charging bulls about to lock horns is packaged in blue-and-silver cans. In Indonesia, it is sold in brown bottles. “These bottles litter the streets,” Ridwan notes. “We don’t have a recycling system, so when I decided to build a house for my family, I thought I would make them a significant part of the Ridwan Kamilexterior and interior. I’m a proponent of recycling.” His contractor rounded up half of the bottles in garbage dumps in Bandung and the nearby cities of Jakarta, Tasikmalaya and Cirebon over a six-month period. Urbane, the firm Ridwan founded in 2004 after completing his education and working abroad (he holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Bandung Institute of Technology and a master’s in urban design from the University of California, Berkeley), hired scavengers to scrounge up the rest. The metal caps had of course been discarded, so he designed wooden tops for the 30,000 finds.

    Click here to continue reading the entire Architectural Digest article.

    Heather & Learka, Teles Properties


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