Derelict worker’s apartment in Amsterdam is unrecognizable after space-saving renovation

August 7, 2017 by  
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Design Studio Deirdre Renniers renovated this derelict 484-square-foot apartment in Amsterdam into a spacious, modern space dominated by natural materials and daylight. The designers gutted the entire interior and introduced space-saving solutions that utilize its every inch. In need of a complete renovation, this apartment in Amsterdam ‘s De Pijp neighborhood had an unpractical layout, housing a small bedroom and living area and a kitchen, with an enclosed toilet in the kitchen area. It remained in its original condition, as a typical worker’s apartment, for 30 years before the new owners commissioned Deirdre Renniers to transform it into a living space for the 21st century. Related: Sinato cleverly adds an L-shaped wood partition to expand a small apartment in Japan The architects gutted the entire space and placed a new staircase that leads to the loft, formerly used as a bathroom. A galley kitchen connects the main living space with the dining area. A sliding timber panel can separate the living room from the rest of the space in order to create a guest room when needed. In order to optimize the layout, the design team furnished the interior with practical furniture like a sofa that folds into a bed, foldable dining table and other minimalist, space-saving pieces. + Deirdre Renniers Interior Design Via A partment Therapy

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These minimalist prefab cabins are designed for human "recharging"

May 22, 2017 by  
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Innovative charging stations for cars or electronics are a dime a dozen these days, but finally, one savvy Danish company has created a place where people can go to recharge their own batteries. Known for their simplistic metal and ceramic homeware line, Danish retailer Vipp is now venturing into the minimalistic dwellings sector with Shelter, a prefabricated monochromatic cabin designed to serve as an escape from urban chaos. The 600-square-foot cabins, which retail for approximately $543,00, were designed to be nature retreats and serve as a “battery-charging station for humans”, said Kasper Egelund, head of VIPP. Much like the company’s simple, but sturdy housewares, the cabin design is elegant and minimalistic. The monochromatic metal and glass cabin easily blends into any natural setting. The rectangular structure is set on piers to reduce its impact on its location. Related: MUJI to sell eagerly awaited $27k minimalist tiny homes this fall On the interior, a simple open layout gives the space a quiet, serene feel. The main level houses a kitchen, a dining area, a bathroom and a small bedroom with a fireplace. A sleeping loft with a glass ceiling is reached by ladder. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels cover one full side of the structure, which not only connects the interior to the exterior, but provides optimal natural light to the living space. The steel-framed Shelter cabins are prefabricated just north of Copenhagen and take just six months to construct and only three to five days to install. The cabins even come furnished with Vipp products such as shelving, lighting, lines, soap dispensers, etc. + Vipp Via Dezeen Images via Vipp

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Heatherwick Studio updates 90-year-old grain silo in South Africa with pillowed glass windows

May 22, 2017 by  
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Prolific architecture firm  Heatherwick Studio has updated an abandoned silo in Cape Town with beautiful pillowed glass windows. The former silo building has sat at the heart of the Table Bay harbor since 1924 and, out of respect for the beloved landmark, the architects worked to retain much of the building’s original character during the renovation process. The team managed to retain 42 cylindrical storage silos that form the concrete skeleton, which houses the recently-opened luxury Royal Portfolio hotel, designed by Liz Biden. The old silo , which was used as an international grain trade and export facility, held court for some 80 years at the heart of Table Bay harbor, but was eventually closed down. As part of the city’s urban redesign plan , the silo was slated to be converted into a useful community-centered space, featuring a hotel and museum. The first part of the project, the hotel, which was designed by The Royal Portfolio , has recently been opened and features six floors of the luxury built in the space that once housed the old grain elevators. Related: Heatherwick Studio wants to build a tree-covered mountain in the middle of Shanghai Although the silo’s interior has been converted into a modern space, the building still retains some of its original aesthetic, namely the concrete exterior frame. Contrasting nicely with the concrete, large bulbous windows were installed and provide incredible views of the harbor as well as the Table Mountain in the background,  a view which is spectacular from the large open-air rooftop. Additionally, the glass facade will serve as a glowing beacon when illuminated at night. On the interior, the eclectic design pays homage to the area’s long history while blending in whimsical touches to the atmosphere. According to the designer, Liz Biden, the inspiration for the design was focused on balancing the old with the new, “My goal has always been to pay tribute to luxury and [provide] comfort for our guests,” said Biden. “This has meant balancing the stark and industrial style of the architecture with aspects of classic glamour and modern comfort.” Funky industrial features can be found throughout the hotel, such as chandeliers made out of original steel rings used inside the grain elevator. In addition to its design, the hotel will constantly feature plenty of local artists on its walls and even has its own private art gallery, The Vault, which will exhibit works by emerging African artists . Although the hotel conversion has just been completed, there is still more to be done on the overall silo conversion. Now, the focus is on the creation of the space underneath the hotel, which will house the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), also designed by Heatherwick Studio and slated to open in September of 2017. + Heatherwick Studio Via Dezeen

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7 Smallest homes in the world

October 24, 2011 by  
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Aswin Krishna R: Small houses For solo life Every day many homes are built around the world, but only few homes are popular because they are either big or small. These homes also give you the same comfort as big ones but in a small space. Most of the small homes are mobile homes, which are used by the travelers during travel. This is most beneficial for those leading a solo life. These homes will be unique in shape and offers luxury also. Let us see seven smallest homes in the world in the following. 1. A truly ‘eco’ abode A truly ‘eco’ abode Traveler kit This mobile home is owned by Paul Elkin. It is a compact cycle home, the small home is attached to a cycle, so we can use this wherever we travel. It consists of small bed to sleep and relax, bulb, small shelf to store food or accessories, upward door and can stand. This is an eco friendly home because it saves energy and also the building materials. Living in these mobile homes have lot of advantages like fresh air, more outer space and no security issues but luxury will be less. 2. Tumbleweed houses Tumbleweed Houses Wooden house Jay Shafer, cofounder of the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company has been living in the tiny home from 1997. His company’s designs lot of tiny homes with most of the facilities. Those homes include a small work space, cabin/shelf, bedroom, bathroom, porch to sit out and relax in evening. This home is more than enough for a bachelor and it also helps eco life. Most of these homes are made up of wooden materials only. 3. Tiny Texas houses Tiny Texas Houses Old style Tiny Texas House is a company based in Luling, Texas. This company builds the homes with a blend of future and past. Also these houses are eco friendly as the materials are made from recycled materials. These homes will look like a miniature model of traditional wooden homes. It can accommodate maximum of two people and it consists of a small terrace, 3 to 4 windows, living room, restroom and a kitchen. These homes are popular in Texas. 4. Toronto’s little house Toronto’s Little House Small with all facilities This home is the smallest non mobile home in Toronto, Canada. This small home is placed between two large sized homes and its architecture is similar to larger sized homes. The size of this home is 312 square-ft space and around 12 ft tall. It includes a small bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, entrance with lawn, small backyard and work space. This well furnished and designed home comes with a huge price tag of $179,900. 5. Rollit homes This type of modular home is designed by Students of University of Karlsruhe, Germany. These homes are entirely different in shape than conventional homes and built with wood. It is a rotatable home which changes its shape by just walking in the center. It also serves as an exercise tool. This home includes a bed, lounge chair, table, shower, toilet, kitchen and windows. 6. Eco bike trailer Eco bike trailer is a another mobile home designed by Paul Elkins. It consists of a solar oven for cooking and wind turbine for energy. It is best for travelers as it is compact and portable. It can accommodate one person and it includes a bed, upside door, desk, shelf and can slots. Only problem in this home is no restroom, so we have to do that in open space only. Really these kinds of homes are best to travel alone and during you can relax and enjoy a lot. 7. Single Haux home Single Hauz Modern wonder These kinds of homes can be built anywhere and also it is easy to move. These homes are designed by Polish architects to save space. Each home consists of a strong pillar, which holds the home on its top. Ladder is placed at the bottom to reach the home and it consists of a small balcony, bedroom, restroom, work space and a kitchen. Single Haux home can be placed anywhere on the land like forests, mountains, city center, deserts and in water body also. Home is a blend of old and modern design and it is also an eco friendly home.

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5 Home appliances made using recycled materials

October 24, 2011 by  
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Ankit Dahiya: The Green is the latest trend in every field these days and there is no stopping to this green change. The ‘green’ word has completely changed the world as it was earlier. The green technology these days is incorporated on a high scale in home appliances. The home appliances are one of the major used appliances all over the world and most of them are made out of toxic and other harmful elements. And thus there was something required to change this toxic nature of the home appliances and now the green technology is in to completely transform the way products was made. This green technology is highly appreciated in the field of home appliances and has ultimately resulted in a green and clean surrounding. So here is a list of five home appliances made using recycled materials which are creating a buzz around. Have a look! 1. Recycled milk bottle lamp Recycled Milk Bottle lamp Recycled Milk Bottle lamp by Droog Design The milk bottles are one of the major items used in every home these days and the number is increasing rapidly. The used bottles were actually considered to be garbage and hence were thrown into garbage which ultimately created land pollution and became a major cause for the landfills. So the recycling of these bottles was required and this particular way is really awesome. You can use these milk bottles and can easily transform them into lights. All you have to do is to cut down the base and a bit of the top part of the bottle and fix a bulb inside. Then you can make arrays of such lights and can plug those using wires. These bottles look gorgeous and ultimately add to the beauty of the house. 2. Lamp blob The Lamp Blob The Lamp Blob is made from start clumps from the plastic industry Now this is something cool made out of plastics. The plastics are considered to be one of the major sources of pollution as they are non biodegradable and become a major source of landfills. There is practically no way of getting rid of them as they are so toxic that if you burn them they become a source of air pollution and if you leave them as it is on land they tend to make the landfills. So the only way out is going for recycling and this particular way is simply superb. The plastics can be easily utilized and can be made in the form of bunches that can form a lamp blob. These lamp blobs are really gorgeous and look attractive. They can be made into different colors which add a lot to the beauty of the house and the surrounding. 3. A La Lata bowl A La Lata Bowl A La Lata Bowl Made From Recycled Soda Can Tabs This is a cool bowl which is made completely out of recycled items. The bowl is one of the major items used in a house and this particular stylish bowl will completely transform the way bowls actually look. This bowl is completely made out of soda can tabs and the best part is that it is completely hand-made and the design given to this bowl is really stunning. This beautiful bowl is named A La Lata which means “to the can”. It is handmade along with the zip ties which add to the beauty of this product. It is also available in various attractive colors and each color is especially chosen and suits all atmosphere. 4. Biodegradable vacuum cleaner Biodegradable vacuum cleaner Biodegradable vacuum cleaner made from recycled cardboard Now here is something which is actually a basic need for every house. The vacuum cleaner is mostly made out of elements and products which are toxic and tends to pollute the surrounding and environment. But this cool eco friendly vacuum cleaner is the best alternative to all those traditional vacuum cleaners. This gorgeous device is designed by Vax and was highly appreciated for its green design. The imprinted designs on the cardboard surface of the vacuum cleaner are really attractive and the powerful battery makes it worth of adoration. 5. Recycled ReVIEW mirror Recycled ReVIEW mirror ReviewIt been crafted by Boris Bally, a metal smith from New York The festive season is on and these recycled products are a rage all over for their effective use and attractive design. This review mirror is one such accessory which is really gorgeous and is worth of using. Usually the entry place of the house is what makes the most of the house and if these review mirrors are placed there, they completely transform the basic looks of the house and add to the beauty of the house. The colorful rim of the mirror is made out of aluminum traffic signs and the accents of the mirror are made out of almost 45 recycled bottle caps and copper rivets.

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