Sawkill Lumber joined with Menck Windows at the North American Passive House Conference 2016. The intersection of reclaimed woods – a certifiable ‘passive’ forest product – and energy efficient windows, was a triple-pane window made with reclaimed Redwood (salvaged from dismantled vinegar tanks), supplied by Sawkill Lumber and manufactured at the Menck Windows facility in the U.S.; just three hrs north of NYC in Chicopee, MA. Thanks to Menck for their leap into the process and putting the salvaged wood through their state-of-the-art milling equipment. Their acceptance of what’s otherwise a clear ‘defect’ in the wood was certainly stretched on this one. A remarkably technical, beautiful and uber-sustainable window emerged. The first one was installed at a Brooklyn passive house on the opening day of the conference.
Sawkill sponsored “Rocking PacMan” by Louis Lim was awarded Best of Show at Bklyn Designs 2016. A backwards see-saw made from 400 pcs of reclaimed distillery Oak; it will now roll into the ICFF. It was nominated for an NYC X Design award, announced this evening at MOMA.
“Rocking PacMan is a bench about trust, balance and opposition,” says Lim. “It’s best described as a ‘love seat see-saw”; it requires at least two people to activate it; sitting on opposing ends, rocking each other back and forth as on a rocking chair, while stopping one’s partner with their feet.” “Through Lim’s backwards see-saw”, says Alan Solomon of Sawkill Lumber, “the salvaged material culture of a lost structure is renewed by contemporary design. “He stretches the limits of reclaimed wood,” says Klaas Armster, “It’s reclaimed, not rustic.”
It’s set against a backdrop of salvaged and re-manufactured woods from the Sawkill collection; each from a specific site: Potato farms and 19th c. industrial buildings, sunken river logs and pickle tanks, Bowling alleys and Japanese cargo crates, the Domino Sugar Factory and Coney Island Boardwalk.
A short un-edited interview with Paul A. Castrucci, Architect at 158 Clifton Pl. Brooklyn. In September 2015, Castrucci was awarded the AIA NY COTE award in the townhouse category for R-951, the the first Net Zero and Passive House building in the city, Videographer: Sandra Beltrao.