19th century Dutch water tower refurbished as a modern office with a view

August 12, 2016 by  
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The water tower was originally designed by architect J. Kalff as part of the city’s network of fortifications. Its role as the gate to the city center remains unchanged to this day. Its unique place in the Dutch architectural heritage is strengthened by the fact that it is the only water tower in the Netherlands with two flat-steel water reservoirs. BOEi commissioned ZECC architects to modernize the structure by introducing a mix of functions to its interior. The team came up with a design that included the installation of an elevator, additional floors and a new staircase leading to the top of the tower. The floors in the old water reservoirs were filled with office spaces, meeting rooms, and presentation halls. Related: 19th Century London Water Tower Transformed into a Unique, High-Flying Home A small, transparent structure, meant to function as a meeting room or event space, was placed on the roof of the tower, offering wonderful views of the medieval city and St. Jan’s Cathedral. New window openings on the two closed facades are clearly distinguishable from the original openings, while at the same time referencing the existing windows with their arched form. + ZECC Architecten Photos by Stijnstijl Fotografie

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North Korean construction workers fed crystal meth to accelerate skyscraper project

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There are many ways to speed up a construction job, but project managers in North Korea are reportedly turning to a dangerous method to get workers to build faster. An inside source told Radio Free Asia that construction workers building a skyscraper in the capital city of Pyongyang are being fed crystal meth so they can work faster. In a country already well-known for severe human rights violations , this is devastating news. The builders in question are working on a 70-story building in the heart of North Korea’s capital city, which is just one part of a 60-building development on Pyongyang’s Ryomyung Street. Reportedly, there are hundreds of thousands of construction workers on the job site, although the anonymous source didn’t specify how widespread the drug use might be. “Project managers are now openly providing drugs to construction workers so that they will work faster,” the source told Radio Free Asia. “Project managers at a building site in North Korea’s capital Pyongyang are openly supplying their exhausted workforce with powerful methamphetamine called ‘ice’. [They] are undergoing terrible sufferings in their work.” Related: Paris climate deal: North Korea ratification pushes GHG ticker over 1% Embed from Getty Images Pressure to make swift progress on the ambitious building project has been mounting, following North Korea ’s announcement about ushering in a “great golden age of construction.” Yet, several of leader Kim Jong-un’s big pet projects, including the long-awaited Ryugyong Hotel, are years behind schedule. Rumors about meth distribution by project managers are backed up by graffiti found on the building site, which reportedly reads, “Pyongyang speed is drug speed,” alluding to the connection between drug use and the speed of construction. Even people who never saw an episode of Breaking Bad know that crystal meth is a dangerous drug, and regular use can lead to heart attack, brain damage, and psychoses. And one can only imagine how structurally sound a building might be after being erected by a bunch of drugged out construction workers. Via Dezeen Images via Aram Pan

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Bowl-shaped stadium in the UAE uses smart design to stay naturally cool in searing heat

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The 60,000-seat Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium will serve as the centerpiece of a new mixed-use sports complex in Dubai . The complex will also include training facilities, a practice pitch, warm-up areas, a 5,000-space car park, a museum, a multipurpose sports hall, retail, restaurants, and public parks. The stadium’s elevated playing field will be FIFA-compliant. The mixed-use sports complex was developed as part of Dubai’s “Sports Innovation Lab” initiative that aims to make the UAE an international sports destination. Related: The world’s new tallest tower moves forward in Dubai The bowl-shaped stadium and the playing field are elevated above ground level to create a shaded entry plaza below. The landscaping, which includes tall trees, and the water features create a comfortable microclimate . The permeable facade is outfitted with solar shading fins that help keep the stadium cool and also cast an interesting play of geometric shadows on the plaza floor. + Perkins+Will Via ArchDaily

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Estream is the world’s smallest hydro power plant

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Moving water becomes stored energy as the device’s turbine turns, even during a weak current or when dragged behind a kayak or canoe. The battery takes about 4.5 hours to charge completely, then it is fully portable and able to fuel three smartphones , GoPros, or even tablet PCs. Its modular design also allows it to transform into an underwater lantern. Related: Riversimple launches a 250 mpg hydrogen-powered car The rechargeable nature of the Estream depends on the consistent presence of running water, as compared to unpredictable wind or solar power . Being lightweight, small, and easy to use means both experienced and technologically disinclined users can use hydro power on the go. A Kickstarter campaign is in effect, offering backers a chance to get in early on the innovation. Enomad takes pride in the Estream, stating, “Not only does it minimize the environmental impact of your energy consumption, but it allows users to take an active role in experiencing how energy is produced and used.” + Enomad Images via Enomad

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NatureZap uses light, instead of pesticides, to rid your garden of weeds

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As concern mounts over the amount of pesticides we use, one company is pursuing a promising alternative to harmful herbicides . Global Neighbor has developed NatureZap , a device said to kill weeds with heat and light . Now the U.S. Air Force is testing out the device. NatureZap is an innovative wand-like device that shoots out a beam of heat and blue light to kill weeds. According to Global Neighbor president Jon Jackson, the device gets “about a 70 to 80 percent die-back without regrowth.” The device won’t hurt wildlife or people, and runs on batteries. Global Neighbor says the device will run for a little over a half hour before it needs to be recharged, and that weeds zapped with NatureZap die as soon as three days later. Related: Two new lawsuits claim Monsanto herbicide caused cancer As part of the Sikes Act , the military must reduce pesticide use. 412th Civil Engineering Group scientist Danny Reinke, who works at Edwards Air Force Base in California, worked on NatureZap with Global Neighbor. Reinke said NatureZap could assist the military as they work to meet Sikes Act requirements. Central State University scientist Cadance Lowell has also run independent tests on NatureZap. She presented research at the annual meeting of the Weed Science Society of America back in February, and said NatureZap works as well as glyphosate (used infamously by Monsanto) on ragweed. Plants with deeper roots like dandelions may be more difficult to exterminate with NatureZap, but Lowell said if the device is used a few times it can ultimately kill off those plants as well. Center for Biological Diversity scientist Nathan Donley told TakePart, “It if truly works, I think it will be very successful, because change cannot come quickly enough in the world of pest management. Most weed-killing chemicals in use today have been around for more than 50 years. Innovation is nonexistent in this realm.” Global Neighbor has received close to $900,000 via the U.S. government’s program Small Business Innovation Research . A few different versions of the product are available on Amazon; the NatureZap DE Cordless currently goes for $199. + Global Neighbor Via TakePart Images via screenshot and Global Neighbor

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Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

November 12, 2015 by  
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What happens when you challenge two teams from the same architectural firm to create an amazing residential design? Designer Maarten Baas was determined to find out as he led two separate teams from Dutch-based firm Van Aken Architecten to create residential designs for De Bakermat Plaza in Eindhoven, once voted the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland. Read the rest of Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

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This tiny Dutch garden house was turned into a gorgeous shutter-clad getaway

March 2, 2015 by  
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Giant Transportable Art Studio in Utrecht Welcomes Artists Inside its Drawbridge Door

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Ateliereen Architecten Unveils Colorful Prefab Adventure Tower in the Netherlands

December 13, 2013 by  
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Architecten CSK’s Breathtaking Energy Neutral Villa K is Surrounded by a Wild Oak Forest

December 6, 2013 by  
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