Solar-powered residence in Thailand takes on a sculptural form with cantilevering cubes

January 29, 2020 by  
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Bangkok-based studio ASWA has unveiled a contemporary home located in the mountainous region of Maehongsorn, Thailand. The 1,000-square-foot, solar-powered home is comprised of three large cubes stacked on top of each other. With massive windows and dual outdoor decks, the energy-efficient house is strategically crafted to let the residents best enjoy the incredible views. Using the surrounding nature as inspiration , the ASWA team came up with the idea to create a structural form that would allow the homeowners to embrace the views from nearly anywhere inside the home. Built out of concrete frames, the blocks, which are of similar height and width, are shifted alternatively as they rise, creating large, covered decks between the levels. Related: A series of cantilevering cubes make up this French social housing complex A smooth cement cladding was used on the three volumes, but the second and third floors were covered in thin panels of artificial wood to create a warm aesthetic that blends in with the surrounding trees. To create a strong connection between the home and its natural setting, the blocks feature floor-to-ceiling windows that offer unobstructed views and natural light throughout the interior spaces. Connected via a stairwell that runs through the middle of the home, the three floors each have a designated use. The ground floor houses the main living area along with the kitchen and dining space, while the second floor has an office space. The large master bedroom is located on the top floor. Thanks to the stacked design, there are covered decks on the top two levels, including one with a hammock and another with a hot tub, as well as a rooftop terrace that allows the residents to take in the views and the fresh air. The Maehongsorn home was also built to be energy efficient and operates almost entirely off the grid . An array of solar panels was installed on the rooftop and provides electricity and hot water for the home. There is also a rainwater catchment system installed. Throughout the house, LED lighting helps reduce the energy consumption. + ASWA Via ArchDaily Images via ASWA

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DADA blocks let kids build “outside the box”

February 7, 2016 by  
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Building toys can be a great outlet for the creative child, but most of them have one big disadvantage — the blocks are usually limited to squares, rectangles, and other stiff, geometric shapes. Designer Myungsik Jang has redefined the block with DADA, a toy that uses unusual and organic shapes to unleash kids’ boundless creativity. READ MORE >

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Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

February 7, 2016 by  
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The toilet , ubiquitous as it is, hasn’t changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day , plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change that by holding a competition to create the next-generation loo prototype. The winning design is the Wellbeing Toilet – the world’s first ergonomically-correct loo. Designed by three Central Saint Martin’s (CSM) graduates, this toilet could actually reduce the risk of intestinal cancer and haemorrhoids. Read the rest of Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

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Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just 3 days

March 26, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Nation’s largest shipping container restaurant was installed in just 3 days Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: adaptive reuse , asheville , brownfield , Douglas Heckler , French Broad River , Kristie Quinn , Mark Rosenstein , Matt Logan , nation’s largest shipping container restaurant , north carolina , SG Blocks , shipping container , shipping container restaurant , Smoky Park Supper Club

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Spectacular German Metro Station is Made From Glowing Glass Blocks

December 3, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Spectacular German Metro Station is Made From Glowing Glass Blocks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: germany , illuminated glass blocks , Leipzig , Leipzig City Tunnel , Max Dudler , Metro station , railway station. glowing glass blocks , Wilhelm-Leuschner-Platz S-Bahn station        

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Graphic Artist Daniel Speight Turns Discarded Books into Screenprinted Cityscapes

September 27, 2012 by  
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Graphic Artist Daniel Speight Turns Discarded Books into Screenprinted Cityscapes

September 27, 2012 by  
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Chandler City Hall: SmithGroupJJR Creates a Sustainable City Center for an Arizona Town

September 27, 2012 by  
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Beyond Blocks: Lego’s Parent Spends $530M on Offshore Wind

February 27, 2012 by  
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Lego's parent company joins a growing group of corporations — including Google, BT and Ikea — to invest directly in large renewable-energy projects. 

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