Modern LEED Gold home embraces outdoor entertaining in Aspen

August 7, 2018 by  
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Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood is best known for its ornate Victorian houses, but one residence in particular is turning heads for its modern, award-winning design and LEED Gold certification. Local firm Rowland + Broughton Architecture & Interior Design designed the ground-up home — dubbed “Game On” — that splits a historic landmark lot with a neighboring late-19th-century home. The new residence incorporates environmentally friendly and energy-efficient features throughout, from its solar roof tiles on the garage to its sustainably harvested materials palette. Constructed with a traditional gabled form and front porch that mirrors the surrounding architecture, Game On stands out from its neighbors with its clean lines and white-painted exterior. The 4,291-square-foot abode’s contextual design earned approval from Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission. The minimal design approach carries over to the restrained landscaping as well. “Inspired by the residential vernacular of Aspen’s historic West End neighborhood, this home brings a sense of clarity and elegance to a traditionally ornate Victorian form,” the architecture firm said. “With the clients’ personal and professional lifestyle in mind, the design is intended to accommodate a large number of guests for entertaining yet provides a sense of intimacy for private relaxation. The open plan connects the indoor and outdoor spaces with seamless lift and slide pocket doors. Interiors feature custom built-in and floating furnishings and custom fixtures.” Related: Solar-powered mountain home is a sustainable prototype for Aspen development In additional to solar roof tiles , Game On minimizes its energy footprint with a highly efficient mechanical system, radiant in-slab heating and heat loss control. The sustainable water strategy includes high-efficiency fixtures and an irrigation system as well as a bocce ball court in the backyard that collects and filters all stormwater runoff. The interior is dressed in natural and recycled materials with no VOC paints for a healthy indoor environment. + Rowland + Broughton Architecture & Interior Design Images via Brent Moss Photography

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The warmest ocean temperature in a century was just recorded in California

August 7, 2018 by  
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Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have recorded the warmest sea surface temperature in more than a hundred years near a pier in San Diego. The Institute, affiliated with the University of California, San Diego, has been collecting data on sea surface temperatures at the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier since 1916. The 2018 level surpassed an unusual 1931 record by 0.2 degrees, coming in at a whopping 78.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Related: Ocean heatwaves have risen by more than 50% since 1925 According to a press release from Scripps , “the ocean region off Southern California has been experiencing anomalously warm temperatures for the past week, and other observational networks farther off the coast have reported record or near-record temperatures as well.” The continuous rise in temperature will have serious implications for sea life and marine ecosystems. For example, it could help create a toxic algae bloom, such as the one that spread along the north Pacific coast in 2014, altering the biodiversity of the area indefinitely. This bloom had a devastating impact on sea lions and other marine mammal groups, closed fisheries, and pushed species of jellyfish and stingrays further inward to shore, causing a perilous domino effect of altered food chains. In 2015, El Niño significantly altered water temperature levels off the coast of California . However, after such environmental phenomena, seawater temperatures are supposed to return to historical averages. This time, it never happened. “It really is weird,” explained Scripps research scientist Clarissa Anderson in an interview with NPR. “We have different records going back decades and while [our ocean water] temperature is tightly connected with the equator, we’re now seeing [temperatures] stabilize at the equator while temperatures in southern California keep going up.” According to researchers, the record temperature is yet another sign of the mounting effects of climate change . + Scripps Institute Via NPR

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ACES treehouse in Colorado is perfect for wildlife observation

January 26, 2018 by  
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A new treehouse in Aspen, Colorado is bringing kids closer to the wonders of nature. Charles Cunniffe Architects (CCA) completed the ACES Treehouse, an outdoor classroom designed pro-bono for the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). Located in the 25-acre Hallam Lake nature preserve and environmental learning center, the elevated platform was built of CNC-milled plywood that will develop a patina and blend into the surroundings over time. Built to replace a former decaying platform, the ACES Treehouse is located on a half-mile nature trail on the banks of the Roaring Fork River in an area rich in birds of prey and lush riparian ecosystems. The treehouse was realized through a series of fortuitous events, beginning with CCA’s donation of the design to the Buddy Program for its annual fundraising program to the purchasing of the design by Gunnar Sachs and donated labor and discounted materials by the community including CCA, Hansen Construction , LGM , and Sopris Engineering . Related: This gorgeous modern treehouse hides a surprising interior “It feels as if the structure belongs in its environs, and beckons you in,” said CCA. “Utilizing the existing four pillars, the goal of the design was to create different stations to enjoy the various aspects of the ecology. Approaching the platform from the trail, one is surrounded by a stand of Cottonwood trees, including a downed tree worth exploring.” The lower level brings users close to the river ecology, while the upper platform brings them in closer view of local fauna like American dippers, deer, foxes, bears, ACES resident Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owl and Red-tailed hawks. Vertical timber strips double as bird blinds that camouflage the viewers for wildlife observation. + Charles Cunniffe Architects Via ArchDaily Images © Ross Kribbs

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LEED Gold house puts a modern twist on historic Aspen architecture

May 17, 2017 by  
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Architecture firm Rowland + Broughton designed Game On, a stunning modern home sensitive to historic context and the environment in Aspen, Colorado. Crafted as a contemporary take on the West End neighborhood’s late 19th century architecture, the elegant new home uses smart technology to achieve LEED Gold certification. Solar panels power over half of Game On’s energy needs and stormwater management is seamlessly integrated into the design. Since Game On is located in a historic neighborhood, the architects prioritized site context in the design process to achieve approval from the City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission . The original site contained a historic miner’s cabin that the architects preserved but moved to the northwest corner. The relocation allowed the lot to be split in half with the new build located on the southern half. The architects designed the new home with white fiber-cement siding for a clean and contemporary appearance and also added a traditional front porch and gabled roof to reference the neighborhood’s historic context. The 4,291-square-foot home consists of the main dwelling and a detached garage. The home is optimized for entertaining thanks to its open-plan layout that can accommodate a large number of guests. “Pure in form and with modern articulation, it’s modern and efficient with no unused space,” wrote the architects. Related: Black Magic home sits lightly in a mountain oasis The LEED Gold-certified home is outfitted with home automation technology and powered by solar panels mounted on the garage roof. The interior features natural materials , energy-efficient fixtures, and eco-friendly finishes free of harmful chemicals. The house design minimized erosion and site impact during construction. Stormwater runoff is managed onsite and drained into the bocce ball court, which filters the water before it flows to the aquifer. + Rowland + Broughton Via Dezeen Images via Rowland + Broughton

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Visitors Fined For Climbing Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum

October 7, 2014 by  
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Interaction with visitors might have been one of Shigeru Ban ’s goals when he designed the new Aspen Art Museum , but three visitors took the concept a bit too literally and got themselves arrested after their attempt to climb the 47-foot-tall museum walls. The climbers have to pay a fine of $150, do 10 hours of community service, and will not be allowed to visit the museum for an entire year. Read the rest of Visitors Fined For Climbing Shigeru Ban’s Aspen Art Museum Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art museum , aspen art museum , controversial buildings , lattice architecture , Museum , shigeru ban , veneer , wooden architecture , wooden facade , woven exterior

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Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life

October 7, 2014 by  
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If you’re looking for some tongue-in-cheek, slightly ironic wall decoration, look no further than Cardboard Safari . The Charlottesville–based company creates animal busts to hang on walls like hunting trophies, only without injuring any living creature: they only use sustainable and recycled materials to bring their designs to life. The animal heads come in a variety of different species , ranging from deer, moose, and bison to giraffes, lions, and warthogs. Although most are only available in natural cardboard or white hues, some also come in black or red, or even printed patterns : who wouldn’t want a floral unicorn head on their wall? Read the rest of Cardboard Safari’s Cruelty-Free Taxidermy Kits Bring Your Walls to Life Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal heads , Animals , cardboard , cardboard animals , cardboard heads , cardboard home decor , cardboard safari , cardboard taxidermy , cruelty-free taxidermy , deer , Elephant , giraffe , green home decor , laser cut cardboard , moose , rhino , sustainable home decor , taxidermy , unicorn , unicorns , wall art , warthog

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INFOGRAPHIC: Edible, Medicinal, or Just Bizarre, Here are 50 Amazing Facts About Plants

June 19, 2014 by  
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Plants are wonderful on so many different levels. They purify the air around us , and we can eat them , use them as medicine , build with them, and even just enjoy them for their healing , calming presence as well. We use plant fibers for clothing, giant grasses to build with ( bamboo anyone?), and many of our favorite dishes just wouldn’t be the same without fresh herbs added to them. Did you know that certain plants actually consume mosquito larvae for food? Or that plant species have been found that are over 20 million years old?! From microscopic moss to rat-eating carnivorous plants , there are hundreds of thousands of known plant species out there (80,000 of which are edible!) and more are being discovered all the time. Check out the infographic below to find out some incredible facts about some of the many plants you thought you knew. + Chadwicks The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air purifying plants , Aspen , bamboo , bladderwort , carnivorous plants , carrots , edible plants , flower , flowers , grasses , herb , herbal medicine , herbs , infographic , infographics , medicinal plants , MoSS , mosses , plant , plants , poison , poison garden , poisonous plants , poisons , Trees , woad

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Solar Taxis Offer a Clean Energy Solution for Environmentally Conscious Cities

June 19, 2014 by  
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Energy efficiency is a major concern for modern cities, and continually pumping our vehicles with finite fossil fuels is clearly not the answer. To offer a more environmentally conscious solution, designer Hakan Gürsu of Designnobis has proposed Solar Taxis, eco-vehicles powered by clean energy for urban use. Topped by solar panels, the Solar Taxi is surrounded by a transparent outer shell that’s rugged enough for tough roads. The spacious design would also offer enough room to accommodate physically disabled passengers. The Solar Taxi design won the 2013 – 2014 A’ Design Award Winner in the Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category. + DESIGNNOBIS The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , cars , clean electricity , designnobis , eco vehicle , green car , green transportation , Hakan Gürsu , reader submitted content , solar panels , Solar Power , solar taxi

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Raw Studio’s LED Lamps Offer an Enlightened Alternative to Antler Hunting Trophies

June 19, 2014 by  
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We’ll never understand how taxidermy chic took off – after all, what’s so attractive about decking the walls with dead animals? UK-based Raw Studio offers an enlightened alternative to traditional hunting trophies with their brilliant antler-shaped LED lamp . It’s shaped like a plaque with branching antlers, and it’s lined with a strip of low-energy LED lights that provide subtle illumination. Read the rest of Raw Studio’s LED Lamps Offer an Enlightened Alternative to Antler Hunting Trophies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antler-shaped LED lighting fixture , energy efficient lighting , Furniture Fair New York 2014 , hunting trophies design , icff 2014 , ICFF lighting design , lamp design , LED lighting fixture , LED lights , Raw Studio design , Raw Studio ICFF

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Solar-Powered La Muna House was Renovated with a Rich Palette of Reclaimed Materials

October 9, 2012 by  
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