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Kasita – the ‘iPhone of Housing’

Tiny homes have never been more tempting.

Living in a small home shouldn’t require you to give up the comforts of traditional housing – that’s the idea that Kasita is built on. If anyone understands small scale living, it’s company CEO Jeff Wilson – who lived in a 33 sq. ft. dumpster for a year in order to better understand the limits of habitable space.  The result incorporates all the comforts you might expect to relinquish in a tiny home – a queen-sized bed, kitchen, shower and washing machine – in an airy, open-feeling space.

The real beauty of Kasita is its tech integration.  It is a house that acknowledges we live in a technology-saturated time, and is designed to maximise and streamline the integration of a wide range of systems. The Kasita team developed special software that allows hundreds of pieces of technology that are normally incompatible to ‘speak’ to each other and operate together in a single system.  In its 30.2 square meters, Kasita integrates all the latest technology seamlessly into your living space; the entire home can be controlled by app or voice activation including lighting, audio, and home security.

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Eco5000

If you haven’t heard about it already, let us introduce to you Eco5000. It is a high performing, environmentally friendly timber product that the team at BE Collective love. We are constantly on the lookout for more environmentally friendly materials, and we have found another cracker.

It’s fully renewable, recyclable, and Green Label Certified. As the sap is removed prior to the bonding process, it is also entirely uninteresting to termites. It’s a dream to work with; the boards are gun-barrel straight and uniform in size. They exhibit minimal warping over time and don’t leech or bleed. As its 25-year guarantee indicates, it has an incredibly long life cycle. Even paints and stains last longer due to its extremely low expansion and contraction. 

The Eco5000 Lvl range includes decking and structural timbers, and non-slip steps.  It is used from decking and walkways to screening and roofing. For more information visit the Platinum Timber & Ply website.

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Substation 33

BE Collective is actively invested in finding and supporting sustainable initiatives.  One project we have become involved in is an incredibly exciting electronic waste recycling business, Substation 33

Since its beginning in 2012 ‘SS33’ has recycled in excess of a whopping 500,000 Kilos of electronic waste! Even more impressive – less than 5% of this waste ends up in landfill.  SS33’s work has been described as ‘paradigm busting’ – not only doing incredible work in the electronics recycling field, but addressing community needs too. Substation 33 is generating life learning and skill training experiences for people with mental and physical disabilities and special needs by employing them within the business.

Spurred by the genuine care for community that is at the heart of SS33, the enterprise is drawing attention by accomplishing great things in the electronics recycling industry, while at the same time creating jobs for disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and giving them a chance to contribute to something meaningful. BE Collective has provided structural consultancy services pro bono in support of SS33.

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Moving Forward in Façade Design

 Heatherwick Studio and Foster + Partners have teamed up to create an arts and cultural centre with a moving façade. Yes, you read that right – we did a double take too.

The façade consists of three layers of bronze tubes (reminiscent of bamboo) that move in different directions to stunning effect; the design intends to capture the drama of traditional Chinese theater. 

Next time you just happen to be strolling Shanghai’s waterfront, it’s worth taking a look. In the meantime, you can check out a video on the building here.

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