YEZO is a nature retreat perched on a Japanese hillside

February 23, 2021 by  
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Anyone passionate about design knows the fun is in the possibilities. Looking for low site impact , a focus on nature or a retreat? YEZO is all of that and more. This design concept comes from Hong Kong-based Laboratory for Explorative Architecture and Design Ltd. (LEAD) and team leaders Kristof Crolla and Julien Klisz. YEZO is a small retreat, designed with a spot in the northern mountain range of Hokkaido, Japan in mind. The idea spawned from a request from private clients who were looking for “a private retreat on a spectacular site,” according to a brief provided by LEAD. The limitations of the site put the focus on immersing the home into the surrounding landscape along with natural elements of wood , stone, water and light. Related: Tiny mobile dwelling celebrates local Shinshu larch in Japan Basically a studio apartment, the YEZO concept is tucked into a mountainside, allowing for 360-views. The striking architecture centers around a distinctive wooden shell roof. Glue-laminated ( glulam ) timber beams replace traditionally harvested timber for a more sustainable option. The curved elements of these beams provide tension from side to side that supports the structure while requiring up to 90% less materials than blueprints with traditional straight wood beams. This opportunity to use architectural innovations to reduce environmental impact was at the core of the design. Because these beams can be made from a single mold, they also reduce cost and transport requirements. A massive, centralized concrete fireplace offers warmth and ambiance, along with support for the roof and a separation from the bathroom and storage area. A staircase tucked behind the fireplace provides access to a balcony that looks down on the slate-covered roof and the hills beyond. Natural light seeps into the stairway via frosted and stained glass windows. The balcony itself is open yet tucked within the curving roofline. An additional patio area rests outside the main-level living space, carefully perched on a rocky hillside. Inside, the space is enclosed in floor-to-ceiling windows for views in every direction. + LEAD Images via LEAD

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Asian Carp Update: Michigan Request For Lock-Closing Turned Down By US Supreme Court

January 19, 2010 by  
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“An Asian Bighead carp swims in the Great Lakes Invasive Species tank at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.” Image credit:Nancy Stone/ Chicago Tribune . I hate it when lawyers end up managing shared environmental resources

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Toyota Will Increase Hybrid Production to 1 Million Units Per Year in 2011

January 19, 2010 by  
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Photo: Michael Graham Richard Twice As Much as 2009 Hybrid Production According to the Nikkei , Toyota is planning to ramp up hybrid vehicle production pretty significantly this year, with a goal of production 1 million hybrids annually in 2011 (up from about 500,000 in 2009). In fact, Toyota’s Japanese production of Prius hybrids in 2011 is about as big (550,000) as Toyota production of all hybrid models in 2009…

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