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ARUNDEL HOUSE: sustainable solutions on student accommodation

Arundel House is a Student Accommodation in Coventry commissioned to Watkin Jones and managed by Nido. The interiors reflect a soft colour palette, with many plants, cork, swing chairs, colourful elements that creates a trendy and a pleasant atmosphere designed to last. An example of high standard design using sustainable solutions, with natural materials and a clever biophilic approach that made the project look very special.

UDONGO woven storage baskets For plant pots we have used ethically produced storage baskets that are hand woven in Tanzania from local milulu grass by a skilled weaver belonging to a cooperative of 580 members. The income enables women to better support their families and help the community.

Waste made wonderful The material used on tables in the student rooms is a panel from Smile Plastics. They manufacture panels using 100% recycled materials, and each panel is equivalent to 1000 to 5000 yogurt pots - the result is an elegant and interesting texture.

The floor used on the student room is made of Marmoleum: A natural flooring made of 97% natural raw materials, 72% rapidly renewable and 43% recycled content, which gives materials a second change to serve a purpose, contributing to a circular economy. Is it also very durable, innovative and easy to maintain.

The hanging chairs are made of rattan, a naturally renewable palm that grows extremely fast compared to wood, cleans the air by converting CO2 into clean air, is very resistant and completely biodegradable. The rugs are made of sisal, a natural fibre that is a renewable, biodegradable and extremely strong.

The building also have a gym, which is extremely important feature for well-being and mental health during times where we need to stay indoors and exercise. The words and messages on the walls are used to motivate and inspire the residents.

All specified lights are LED - these are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting such as fluorescent and incandescent lights. 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat. Also, there is no suspended ceiling, meaning no usage of plasterboard creating a more open space, affordable to build and sustainable to maintain. We also made the usage of many plants, which increases occupant connectivity to the natural environment through the use of direct nature, improving mental health.

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