Breezy studio shows how to fit a lot function into a small space

March 1, 2018 by  
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Don’t be deceived by this studio’s small size—architect Ulrika Saar of Freshwater studio designed the Freshwater Granny Flat to fit a lot function in just 312 square feet. Nestled in Saar’s backyard in Sydney, the flexible timber-clad studio houses a home office, kitchenette, living room, bathroom, workspace, laundry, and storage. The project was built in collaboration with Russ Davis from Avalon Constructions . Durability and an emphasis on natural light and ventilation guided the design behind the Freshwater Granny Flat. The steel-framed breezy studio opens up to the outdoors with a retractable glass wall, multiple doorways, and wraparound clerestory glazing that can be opened to take advantage of cooling crosswinds. Semi-translucent polycarbonate roofing also brings in additional diffused light, while a deep roof overhang shields the interior from the intense summer sun. Related: Elegant cork-clad artists’ studio slots into a bijou London garden Blackbutt hardwood timber and zincalume clad the exterior for durable and beautiful finish that complements the outdoors. The interior is a mix of timber, polished concrete floors, and white walls with minimal decorations to keep the small space from feeling cluttered. Divided into three rooms, the multifunctional studio’s largest space is the bedroom/living room/workspace outfitted with a wall bed and a small kitchenette. A 4,000-liter rainwater tank collects water for the toilet, washing machine, and yard irrigation. + Freshwater studio Via Contemporist Photos by Michael Nicholson

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Eco-friendly Avalon House is a green-roofed beach getaway that takes only 6 weeks to build

September 27, 2016 by  
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The 106-square-meter Avalon House may be diminutive in size, but is big on design, which builds on the illusion of spaciousness. The house, which is oriented to oceanfront views, is clad in FSC-certified blackbutt hardwood timber milled from sustainably managed forests and topped with a green roof that minimizes rainwater runoff and solar penetration. The south and east facades open up to an outdoor veranda that blends indoor and outdoor living. The modular home is raised on a set of structural posts and sits lightly on the sloping site to reduce water flow. Related: Australia’s first carbon-positive prefab house produces more energy than it consumes The home’s long and linear east-west orientation allows for panoramic ocean views and cross-ventilation . Windows are minimized on the south side, while large amounts of glazing wrap around the north facade for access to natural light. The bright and airy interior places an open-plan living area, dining space, and kitchen on one half of the home, while a master bedroom, a small two-bed bedroom, and a bathroom occupy the other half. Low VOC paints and natural oils were used throughout the interior. + Archiblox Via ArchDaily Images via Archiblox

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Sydney artist upcycles wooden blinds into beautiful pendant lamps

August 1, 2016 by  
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Adrian was inspired to create upcycled lighting after he moved to Australia in 2009 and noticed how people were throwing out wooden blinds that were still of good quality. Rather than let the material rot in a landfill , he rescued the blinds and began tinkering with ways to transform them into wooden light fittings. “What initially seemed a simple idea soon proved difficult,” says Adrian. “Most of the blinds [I found] came from different manufacturers who had different specifications and every set had been custom made to suit each house so were different to the next lot. All of this complicated things because the wood slats all had to be machined to a standard size to make a commercially viable product.” Related: Steampunk-inspired lamps are crafted from over a hundred washing machines As a result, Adrian built his own jig that allowed him to process wood slats up to 2.5 meters in length. He also set up a partnership with a local blind repairer and manufacturer who, instead of tossing unwanted components in the trash, now give those parts to Adrian. Once Adrian is finished processing the wood slats, he sends them back to the manufacturer to be finished, a process he describes as the “perfect cost-saving business arrangement.” Adrian’s Avalon pendant lamp series can be purchased online from his website and are available in 12 different styles. + Adrian Lawson Images via Adrian Lawson

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Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Party Guest Hosted by James Cameron

March 4, 2010 by  
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James and Suzy Amis Cameron support Global Green and sustainable fashion. Across the street from Capitol Records’ tower, outside the Avalon Hollywood club, a line of green autos included the Tesla, Prius and luxury Audi A3 TDI from LA Car Guy, the biggest green car dealer in the US

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