Derelict property transformed into a vibrant, sunny hostel in Portugal

July 16, 2018 by  
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When design firms Aurora Arquitectos and Furo were asked to transform an old building in the Portuguese coastal resort town of Cascais into a hip hostel, they had their work cut out for them. Though the building was still standing, the interiors were completely rundown. Using a laminated steel frame to reinforce the structure, the architects steadily transformed the building from ruin to welcoming lodgings that play up the Portugal vacation theme with tropical prints and bright, sunny colors. Located near the coast just west of Lisbon , the Hostel in Parede is housed in a stately renovated building painted a beautiful sky blue. The interior was divided into nine modules, with the central module housing a skylit spiral staircase painted a vibrant shade of yellow to evoke the sun and the nearby sandy beaches. The sculptural staircase, which connects the three floors, features rounded corners that hide the utilities. “We were asked to consider the project as having a high level of flexibility in terms of future use,” Aurora Arquitectos and Furo said. “A hostel at first, capable of becoming a single-family house with little changes. This is how the autonomous volumes containing the bathrooms came to be, easily removable should one want larger bedrooms. The overall building’s structure also derived from the logic of easy future transformation.” Related: Y-shaped German hostel looks at sustainability from all angles Bedrooms are distributed across all three floors of the hostel. The semi-basement houses two of the dorm rooms, bathrooms and laundry room, and it opens up to the garage and courtyard . The ground floor comprises the main communal areas including the reception, kitchen, dining room, living room and a bedroom space with shared bathroom facilities. Four more dormitory rooms are located on the first floor, with the bathrooms housed in a freestanding unit placed in the center of each room. + Aurora Arquitectos + Furo Via Dezeen Images © do mal o menos

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These stunning student housing apartments are inspired by tiny homes

June 4, 2018 by  
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Student housing has come a long way since the days of crowding two roommates into a confined space with a couple of beds and a single desk. Case in point: this impressive student housing complex designed by Amsterdam-based firm Standard Studio  that uses the principles of tiny home living . Located in Rotterdam, the Hermes City Plaza apartments offer 218 beautiful 200-square-feet units incorporated with various multi-functional and ultra-efficient features. The purpose of the project was to create housing for first year Erasmus students who are new to the city. Looking to go beyond the usual cramped and cold student housing , the architects decided to create a series of independently functioning units, which are all less than 200 square feet. Inspired by the  tiny home movement , these apartments feature space efficiency, natural light and smart storage. Related: Why these floating dorms made from shipping containers are the future of cheap student housing Each unit comes with a fully equipped living space, meaning there is a full kitchen and bathroom. No more flip-flopping it to the typical shared community bathrooms! The apartments have an open layout that connects the living room to a small kitchenette and dining area. Space efficiency was essential at every step and forced the designers to get creative. There wasn’t enough room to put a full sink in the kitchen, so the team installed one large sink that straddles the kitchen and the bathroom. A half-partition that separates the two spaces pulls double duty as a mirror for the bathroom and a chalkboard for the kitchen. All the cabinetry was custom-built out of renewable bamboo , and LED strips light up the space when natural light isn’t available. The design takes advantage of vertical space with high ceilings and a sleeping loft . The loft is reached by stairs and has built-in closets and shelving. In fact, most of the apartments’ furnishings provide dual functionalities. The living room, for example, has one large multipurpose unit that incorporates a sofa, a desk and storage. The space offers students a feel of independent living, but there are some shared amenities meant to foster a strong sense of community. Residents can enjoy a rooftop terrace , music room, TV rooms, a laundry area and a communal study area. + Standard Studio Via Treehugger Images via Standard Studio

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Safer peroxide recipe takes CRISPR gene science, adds sugar

November 15, 2017 by  
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Startup Solugen wants to clean up the manufacturing process for the bathroom staple, which also offers a host of industrial uses.

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3 Sneaky Ways Your Bathroom Is Hurting the Earth

May 1, 2017 by  
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You use organic cleaners to scrub the tub, buy all-natural shampoo and always recycle your lotion bottles, but you may still have some environmental dangers lurking in your bathroom. Here’s what to be on the lookout for: 1. Low-Quality…

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Comic Strip: The Recycling Adventures Of Sophie Shampoo And Mason Mouthwash

September 2, 2015 by  
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Although almost 70 percent of Americans say they consistently recycle, only 20 percent report recycling products from the bathroom, according to the 2013 American Recycling Behaviors Survey conducted by Shelton Group on behalf of Johnson &…

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Loo-cy helps one Maryland man clear snow while sitting on the can

February 23, 2015 by  
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The northeastern US has been inundated with snow over the past month, but one Maryland man has found a way to bring a smile to the faces of passersby with his rather unique snowplow. Dubbed “Loo-cy”, David Goldberg’s sidewalk snow plow is manned from atop a toilet , and the rig is fully equipped with loo paper and a magazine rack—though Goldberg admits it’s probably not advisable to actually “go” on this particular lavatory. Read the rest of Loo-cy helps one Maryland man clear snow while sitting on the can Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bathroom , bethesda , David Goldberg , lavatory , loo-cy , northeastern us , Recycled Materials , salvaged materials , snow , snow plough , snow plow , snowplow , toilet plough , toilet plow , toilet snow plough , toilet snow plow , toilet snowplow , winter 2015

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Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland

February 23, 2015 by  
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Apple has just announced plans to construct two new data centers in Europe, and like all current Apple data centers, the facilities will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy . Constructed at a total cost of $1.9 billion, the data centers will each measure 166,000 square meters (545,000 square feet) and will power the company’s iTunes App Store, iMessage, Maps and Siri services. Read the rest of Apple to build 100 percent renewable energy-powered data centers in Denmark and Ireland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , apple , computer , data center , demark , Europe , Ireland , lisa jackson , mac , native trees , renewable energy , servers , Sustainable Building , tim cook , waste heat

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Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year

December 5, 2014 by  
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Hormone-mimicking endocrine disruptor compounds (EDCs) are commonly used in toiletries, cosmetics and medications around the globe. However, alarm has been growing for some time now that these EDCs come with a few devastating side effects, most notably increased rates of testicular cancer and infertility . Now, a new report by the Nordic Council of Ministers has gathered medical evidence from several countries and quantified the economic impact of EDCs in the hope of expediting an EU ban on the chemicals—a ban which would be the first regulation of EDCs in the world. Read the rest of Toiletry chemicals linked to testicular cancer and infertility cost the EU €592 million each year Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bath , bathroom , birth defects , cancer , cosmetics , endocrine disruptor compounds , european union , Health , hormones , infertility , nordic nations , testicular cancer , toiletries , water pollution

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Living Moss Carpet Adds a Touch of Green to Your Bathroom

August 24, 2014 by  
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There’s nothing like the feeling of fresh cut grass under the toes, especially when stepping out of the shower. This Moss Carpet by Nguyen La Chanh brings the outside indoors in an unconventionally natural way by placing it underfoot. The lush green lawn thrives in humid environments, which makes your bathroom a perfect place to grow. Read the rest of Living Moss Carpet Adds a Touch of Green to Your Bathroom Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green design , living design , moss bathroom mat , Moss Carpet , Nguyen La Chanh , Sustainable Decorations , sustainable design , Sustainable Interiors , water recycling

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Infographic: The True Cost of Car Ownership

December 10, 2013 by  
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In the market for a new car? Check out these infographics to see how much you’ll really pay over five years — and get tips on saving money and fuel.

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