The Materials Book

Be Adaptable: A key to sustainability is an ability to question your own thinking Sometimes it pays to be flexible and open to changing even long-held plans. When Belgian architect Jan De Vylder arrived at a construction site, a contractor was painting a metal beam green even though the plans specified another color. When De Vylder challenged the painter, he responded that the green was the paint used to protect the metal, and he could add a further coat of any color De Vylder wanted. But in the end De Vylder decided to stick with the green, making it an integral part of the entire design and ultimately using the idea in other projects. Example: UV-resistant, anti-corrosion paint, seen in House 43, Ghent, Belgium Contributed by: Jan De Vylder, Inge Vinck; Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu, Belgium 308