Now that green building has made its way into the mainstream, new realms within the green building sector are coming to light.
While green schemes have traditionally been viewed as designs that give up luxury in order to cater to environmental needs, this notion is being put to the test by a number of ‘hedonistic sustainability’ initiatives. Coined by BIG architects founder Bjarke Ingels, the term is defined as “sustainability that improves the quality of life and human enjoyment.”
A new spate of luxury designs for on-water architecture is taking this ideology to heart.
A new development known as ‘Orsos Islands’ is being built in the same vein as Michele Puzzolante’s Solar Floating Resort‘ (SFR). The development is being promoted as a luxury home or resort that has been proposed to ‘combine all the positive elements of mainland real estate and luxury yachts’ in a way that is sustainable.
It is being labeled as ‘luxury architecture’ and shows that sustainability does not have to mean austerity.
Each of the dwellings within the development will be completely autonomous in its energy use, relying on renewable energy to run. A ‘blissfully noiseless’ wind energy system will aid the 160 square metre solar panel array in producing power, while a seawater heat recovery system will generate energy for onboard heating and cooling needs.
Back-up diesel engines are included as an emergency measure.
In terms of water needs, the structure will make the most of its most abundant supply – seawater – which will be treated for use as drinking water.
Consumers are expected to be able to purchase these green luxury islands as soon as next year, provided they can afford them.
Both the SFR development, if developed, and Orsos Islands would come with a hefty price tag. Each island is expected to cost a staggering $4.6 million, certainly putting a high price on hedonistic sustainability.
While the price is high, promoting sustainable developments as desirable entities is certainly not going to reduce their popularity. In allowing consumers to want sustainable lifestyles; half the battle for a green built environment has already been won.