Architects transform an old hay barn into a stunning minimalist home

February 28, 2017 by  
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OFIS Architects have converted an old hay barn in Slovenia into a gorgeous living space. The barn was originally used to house cattle on the first floor and store hay on the upper level, but had been left empty for years. To convert the space into a comfortable loft space without sacrificing the building’s local vernacular, the architects were determined to use as much as the existing structure as possible. The Slovenian countryside is full of decrepit barns that serve as symbols of the country’s rural lifestyle. To pay respects to the local vernacular, the architects made impressive strides to use what they could of the barn’s original materials . Related: Architects transform 18th century barn with seamless contemporary extension Surprisingly, the renovation team was able to maintain almost all of the external wooden cladding and concrete roof slates. A few strategic renovations were made to include windows and an opening for the front porch to let in natural light to the home, and a ramp that previously led animals into the barn was also fixed to serve the same purpose for the new, human inhabitant. https://youtu.be/cBDAeyO7WC0 Inside, the home has an open floor plan with minimal furnishings and exposed wooden beams. The interior floors, walls and furniture are covered in locally-sourced spruce panels, resulting in a homey cabin feel. The open living and dining area make up the main volume, and a raised bedroom was installed in the back. The kitchen, sauna, fireplace and bathroom are all strategically placed out of sight behind a wall of sliding vertical planks to further open the living space. + OFIS Architects Via Ambienti TV Photography by Tomaž Gregori?

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Beautiful cabin pops up in ten days with minimal landscape disturbance

February 20, 2017 by  
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BIO Architects recently completed a modern modular cabin, proving yet again how beautiful homes can be affordable with the help of prefabrication . Commissioned by a young couple that desired a cost-effective home on the lake, the prefabricated cabin is the latest iteration in the Russian firm’s line of modular Dubldom homes. The dwelling, located at Pirogovo Lake in the suburbs of Moscow, was installed in roughly ten days with minimal site impact. The lakeside cabin, named DublDom 2.110, is the client’s second Dubldom commission following BIO Architects’ completion of a compact 40-square-meter Dubldom house in 2015. Since none of the firm’s standard prefabricated models were suitable for the site, the architects created a custom design that still retained the Dubldom’s iconic gabled shape and full-height glazing . To keep costs at a minimum, the new 185-square-meter build was constructed with natural and affordable materials that help blend the home into the forested environment. “Most of the individual decisions are based on a simple technology and inexpensive materials, so we managed to follow one of the basic principles of DublDom company—quality of architecture at an affordable pricing,” wrote BIO Architects. “The front facade with the maximum number of glazing was dictated by location of the house on the site. All the technical and utility rooms are located along the rear facade, and the children’s room, office, main entrance and the living room with fireplace look at the site with a wonderful view on the water.” Related: Affordable DublDom prefab home pops up in just one week The modules were prefabricated in Kazan and were delivered with the interior trim, utilities, furniture, and electrical equipment pre-installed. Installation on-site took roughly ten days to complete. + BIO Architects

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Ship-like Hidden Pavilion uses the surrounding forest like a protective envelope

February 15, 2017 by  
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This ship-like pavilion in Spain reconciles the openness of glass architecture and the need for privacy. Penelas Architects designed the Hidden Pavilion as a quiet retreat that protects its occupants not through the use of curtains or blinds, but by treating the surrounding forest as a kind of natural envelope. The pavilion is nestled in a forest glade just northwest of Madrid, Spain . Its isolated location allowed the architects to completely open up the building toward the surroundings and draw maximum natural light into its interior. Designed to become one with nature, the building incorporates an existing 200-year-old oak tree, along with younger trees, to grow through gaps in its terraced areas. Related: Kengo Kuma unveils “blossoming” glass and timber villas for Bali With a floor space of 753 square feet spread over two floors, the pavilion includes a veranda and a rooftop terrace that overlook the surrounding forest. Natural materials , steel and glass are combined to create a kind of industrial appearance of an ocean liner that, instead of oceans, navigates the lush landscapes of central Spain. + Penelas Architects Via New Atlas Photos by Miguel de Guzmán + Rocio Romero

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Modern renovation reconnects London home with its beautiful rear garden

February 7, 2017 by  
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An extensive renovation reconnected this semi-detached, multi-occupancy house in Chiswick, London , with its beautiful rear garden and introduced much needed natural light into the interior space. AU Architects renovated the house by balancing traditional detailing and modern design, creating a contemporary family dwelling that breathes. The architects were tasked with creating a large open-plan ground floor reception space with visual connections to the rear garden and upper bedrooms. This visual openness is enhanced by a large sliding sky-frame door that opens onto a charming garden terrace. A green lighting system maintains the feeling of spaciousness at night. Related: Traditional London house gets a whimsical, fox-shaped extension The design team also created a new basement with a full-height glass surface on the side of the stairwell that reduces sound travel. Polished concrete and natural materials create visual variety that add the refinement of modern design to the warmth of a family home. + AU Architects Photos by David Butler

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Snhetta’s winning hotel design for Helsinki waterfront is inspired by broken sea ice

February 3, 2017 by  
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Prolific design firm Snøhetta seems to be leaving their architectural stamp around the world one city at a time , and that’s just fine with us. The talented team’s proposal for the Hilbert Hotel in Helsinki has just been announced as the winning design in a competition held by the city. The design for the swanky hotel, which will sit on the Hakaniemi waterfront, is a zigzag volume clad in a luminous white glass skin inspired by broken sea ice. The exterior of the hotel will be covered in a geometric series of reflective panels . The small “cutouts”will correspond to the hotel occupancy. On the interior, each room will have a number of small windows, one of which will be operable. Related: Snøhetta’s luxury cabin with Aurora Borealis views opens at Treehotel According to the architects, the hotel design is meant to convert the Hakaniemi waterfront into a vibrant part of Helsinki. In addition to the hotel’s many amenities such as a restaurant and bar, visitors will also be able to enjoy an outdoor seating area and a rooftop terrace . Snøhetta founding partner Kjetil T. Thorsen explains that the design is inspired by the hotel’s surrounding nature , “Snøhetta is thrilled by the prospect of contributing to the vast architectural heritage of Helsinki. We have tried to actively celebrate the presence of visitors in the city. Simultaneously, we have tried to promote the qualities, such as the connection to the water, of this specific site as a gift to the visitors and inhabitants of Helsinki. This mutual task is at the core of architectural creations. The City of Helsinki and Arthur Buchardt are the best possible partners in the realization of a building Helsinki deserves.” + Snøhetta Images via Snøhetta

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Naturally-ventilated PM House remains cool even during Yucatan’s hottest months

January 18, 2017 by  
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The lush garden surrounding this sprawling residence in Yucatan, Mexico helps the house remain cool and ventilated in even the hottest, most humid weather. The single-story PM House designed by FGO Arquitectura provides easy access to all areas, which are connected by a network of ramps , steps and movable partitions. Each space within the house has its own identity and unique views of the garden without sacrificing privacy. The design, inspired by the region’s dense forests, is broken up into smaller volumes organized along three axes connecting the living quarters, located near the swimming pool , with guest rooms and private bedrooms. Strategic positioning of open spaces ensures natural ventilation, another strategy working to keep the house cool despite outdoor temperatures, without undue electricity use. Overall, the architects’ use of low-maintenance materials and vegetation has resulted in a comforting, tranquil environment that we’re quite envious of. + FGO Arquitectura Via Archdaily Photos by Gloria Medina

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Halved, pre-peeled packaged avocados reveal wasteful packaging at its worst

January 18, 2017 by  
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Just when you thought food packaging couldn’t get more wasteful, along come pre-peeled, halved Hass avocados . Sealed in plastic and cardboard, the avocados sell for around $3 a piece. California-based Calavo Growers are peddling the fruit encased in packaging to whomever can’t take an extra two seconds to cut one open with a knife, and there’s no sign they plan to stop selling them. No, Avocado Halves aren’t a prank, and no, they’re not Photoshopped. Twitter user Eric Huang posted a picture of the avocado halves, saying, “Lazy? Party of 1? Your #avocado is ready.” Even better evidence can be found right on Calavo’s website , where the company brags they sell “fresh refrigerated guacamole, avocado halves, and pulp” in “tubs, pails, pouches, canisters, singles, and easy squeeze options.” They also offer nutritional information for the avocado halves – which are packaged to not go brown but must be refrigerated – as well as information on how their products can possibly keep fresh for as long as 90 days via Ultra-High Pressure. Related: Whole Foods orange packaging megafail breaks the Internet Calavo says they place their products under about 87,000 psi of pressure with Ultra-High Pressure technology, a process that doesn’t require flavor-damaging heat and is better than cold pasteurization, according to the company. Grocery stores say the avocados are intended for people who have trouble telling how ripe an avocado is – a problem, to be sure, but is it one that really needed to be solved with more waste? Each package of Calavo’s Avocado Halves contains a single avocado, that was once packaged in a perfectly good compostable , waste-free peel. Although consumers have complained – one wondered if it would take more time to open the packaging than to simply cut open the fruit – few grocery stores have shown signs of pulling the product from their shelves. Via Gizmodo Images via Eric Huang on Twitter and Pixabay

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Obama spends $500 million on climate change before Trump takes office

January 18, 2017 by  
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With mere days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, President Barack Obama has made one final move to help tackle climate change . The U.S. Department of State announced yesterday they’ve given a $500 million grant to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). That $500 million is just part of a $3 billion commitment, one many people fear Trump won’t honor. The GCF enjoyed worldwide support from 194 governments when it was founded back in 2010 to help developing countries reduce emissions and adjust to climate change, and fight a global temperature increase of 2 degrees Celsius . In 2014 the United States committed to investing $3 billion to the fund. The new $500 million adds to an additional $500 million granted last year, leaving America still $2 billion short of their pledge even as a climate change denier is slated to take office. Related: Green Climate Fund promises paradigm shift in clean energy funding Trump said he’d defund global climate action , including the GCF, during his campaign; the GCF is helping carry out the Paris agreement . However, it doesn’t matter if Trump blusters over this $500 million – he’s not getting it back. President Obama was able to dodge a Republican-filled Congress to send the money to GCF by using executive power to draw the money from the state department. A movement of almost 100,000 people called for the president to transfer the full $2.5 billion to the GCF, but leaders of the movement are still calling the $500 million a victory. Tamar Lawrence-Samuel, Associate Research Director for Corporate Accountability International , told The Guardian, “The Obama administration is refusing to let President-elect Trump’s posse of oil barons and climate deniers dictate how the world responds to the climate crisis. This victory is the climate justice movement’s opening salvo to the Trump presidency. And we’re not going away.” Via The Guardian and Grist Images via Ash Carter on Flickr and IIP Photo Archive on Flickr

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Min2s Dune House Sustainably Blends Modern Architecture into the Dutch Landscape

January 8, 2017 by  
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Min2’s Dune House dramatically rises out of a coastal dune crest in North Holland. Designed to match the vernacular of the surrounding landscape, the three-story house and studio echoes the shape of a dune or a windswept group of trees. Fitting into an undulating landscape, the Dune House also explores a reinterpretation of the traditional Dutch farmhouse with a modern and sustainable twist. To create a seamless connection with the landscape from the interior, the architects designed large windows to frame views of the sea to the north and the rolling dune landscapes to the south. Exposed Douglas fir columns with bark, visible arched wooden joists and the warm hues of a boxy poplar staircase help bring the effect of nature indoors. On the exterior, clay roof tiles were specially designed to visually match the rough finish and color of the fir columns to complete the romantic, rustic appeal. The Dune House was also built with sustainability in mind. To generate power sustainably, the architects installed glass with superior insulation as well as an air pump and glass vacuum tube system to provide heating and cooling, rather than relying on natural gas as an energy source. The studio spaces are located on the ground floor while the living areas are situated upstairs in a two-story loft to take advantage of the “marvelous views of the sea and the dune area.” + Min2 Via Dezeen Images via Min2

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Cutting-edge Science Center in Lithuania is topped with solar panels

November 7, 2016 by  
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The design treats public spaces as singular open-space volumes. The main entrance hall is arched with a spherical planetarium suspended overhead, while the south hall is a double-height open space for large-scale exhibition . A long-span cantilevering volume is built using structural steel fabricated into box and beam sections that make it appear to float in mid-air. Related: “Eyesore” garage transformed into a stunning waterfall illusion in Lithuania Prefab modular steel elements that make up the structural backbone of the project are efficient and quick to construct and require less labor. The project, which aims for a LEED certification , uses advanced ventilation systems and the adjacent river to cool the building. Solar panels embedded into the facade provide clean energy . + Architects of Invention

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