Century-old Japanese townhouse reborn as Blue Bottle Coffees first Kyoto location

June 6, 2018 by  
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Japanese architecture firm Schemata Architects has unveiled Blue Bottle Coffee’s first outpost in Kyoto  – and it’s housed in a century-old building. Following the aesthetic of the previous Schemata-designed Blue Bottle cafes in Tokyo, the newest location features a minimalist and modern design that takes inspiration from the surrounding urban fabric. The two-story structure was carefully overhauled to allow for new functionality while preserving and exposing historic elements. Completed in March this year, the Blue Bottle Coffee Kyoto Cafe is located near the base of Kyoto’s forested Higashiyama mountains and along the approach to Nanzen-ji Temple, a Zen Buddhist temple and one of the historic city’s top tourist attractions. The cafe was built inside a traditional Japanese townhouse (known as ‘machiya’) consisting of two separate buildings. Schemata Architects renovated the buildings into a ‘Merchandise building’ and a ‘Cafe building’ with a total floor area of nearly 3,500 square feet. As was typical of traditional Japanese architecture at the turn of the 20th century, the original floors of the machiya were raised nearly 20 inches off the ground. To create a seamless appearance and to accommodate patrons with special mobility needs, the Blue Bottle Cafe’s architects demolished the raised wooden floors and made them level with the ground. The new floors feature terrazzo containing the same type of pebbles used outside. The same terrazzo material was also used in the counters and benches. Related: Tokyo capsule hotel gets a Finnish-inspired refresh and sauna “The floor inside the counter is also level with the customer area to maintain the same eye level between customers and staff following the same concept as the other shops, while integrating Japanese and American cultures at the same time,” said the architects. “The continuous white floor is stripped of all unnecessary things and the structure is stripped of existing finishes to expose the original roof structure and clay walls, and one can see traces of its 100-year old history throughout the large, medium and small spaces in the structure originally composed of two separate buildings.” The second floor has been converted into an open-plan office with glass frontage. + Schemata Architects Images by Takumi Ota

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The World’s First Shampoo Bottle Made from Beach Plastic

November 21, 2017 by  
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At the moment, there are 165 million tons of plastic … The post The World’s First Shampoo Bottle Made from Beach Plastic appeared first on Earth911.com.

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What’s Happened to the Bottle Bill?

November 20, 2017 by  
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For many Americans, their first memory of recycling involves cashing … The post What’s Happened to the Bottle Bill? appeared first on Earth911.com.

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Tokyo factory is transformed into an industrial-chic Blue Bottle Coffee cafe

November 7, 2016 by  
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Topped with a triangular roof, the Blue Bottle Coffee Nakameguro Cafe comprises a cafe on the first floor, as well as a tasting room and a workshop—two kinds of spaces new to Blue Bottle. Wooden countertops, an open floor plan , plants, and transparency temper industrial elements, such as the tall ceilings and concrete surfaces. The coffeehouse serves a community gathering space for workshops or coffee sampling sessions. The Blue Bottle Coffee teams from Japan and the U.S. occupy the upper two floors. Related: Tokyo’s first multistory building made of 100% wood overcomes rigid fire regulations “Since this neighborhood is located far from the station, the streets are lined with many unique and small-sized shops,” writes the architect. “In order to continue the sense of small scale into the space, floors are divided in a stepped-floor style, while utilizing the existing openings formerly used for loading/unloading and storing. Horizontal pivot windows installed on the front glass façade help defining the boundary between the interior and the surrounding environment, while establishing a visual relationship of “see and be seen” so that people become aware of each other’s presence wherever they are in the space.” + Schemata Architecture Office Images via Schemata Architecture Office , by Takumi Ota

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Next-Wave Recycler Sources Scrap, Solutions

September 5, 2016 by  
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Edward Kangeter IV is driving his Prius through the industrial section of West Oakland, Calif., en route to Blue Bottle Coffee, a roastery and café that sells coffee one cup at a time in pour-over fashion, along with high-end nibbles such as almond…

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The Square Water Bottle by Clean Bottle has a Brilliant Modular Design

November 28, 2014 by  
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What if a team of Apple designers decided to create the perfect water bottle ? It would have to be functional, innovative and, of course, good looking. Enter the Clean Bottle Square, version 2.0. The original Clean Bottle Square won a Red Dot Design award, and the newest version is even better. BPA-free and leak proof, the bottle comes in a funky and functional square shape that fits anywhere and won’t roll away. The modular design includes a removable bottom that lets you change the function of the bottle. Right now there are two modules, one for filtering water and one that can be used to create infusions. The bottle is looking for funding at Kickstarter  where can get one of your own for 1/3 of the price of the original bottle. + The Square by Clean Bottle on Kickstarter 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: bpa-free bottle , clean bottle , clean bottle design , green water bottle , kickstarter campaigns , kickstarter clean bottle , kickstarter water bottle , Square bottle , Square Clean Bottle , square water bottle , water bottle fruit infuser , water bottle with filter

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Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens

May 15, 2014 by  
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Looking for a productive and environmentally-friendly way to combine your love of recycling with gardening? A new product called Petomato allows aspiring gardeners to convert plastic bottles into hydroponic micro gardens by filling the bottle with water and replacing the old cap with the Petomato seed-filled alternative. Read the rest of Petomato Bottle Caps Convert Plastic Bottles into Tiny Hydroponic Gardens Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: diy gardening , Gardening , growing tomatoes indoors , home gardening , hydroponic gardens , petomato , recycle plastic water bottles , seed filled caps

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The Hoverbike of Your Dreams Will Hit the Market in 2017 for $85,000

May 15, 2014 by  
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The hovercraft has been a science fiction dream for decades, but one company is about to make it a reality. Aerofex just announced plans to produce its Aero-X hoverbike, which looks like a Star Wars speeder bike – and it will be available by 2017 for a mere $85,000. Read the rest of The Hoverbike of Your Dreams Will Hit the Market in 2017 for $85,000 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Aero X- , Aerofex , Aerofex Aero-X , Aerofex hoverbike , green transportation , hover bike , hoverbike , hovercraft , Malloy hoverbike

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Puri Desalinating Water Bottle Could Save Your Life at Sea

August 6, 2013 by  
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The Puri is unlike any other water bottle out there – it could save your life. Designed by Younsun Kim, Kangkyung Lee, Byungsoo Kim and Minji Kim, the bottle has its own system to remove salt from salt water, making sea water drinkable . With a small pumping system inside, the Puri effectively desalinates water, which could prove to be invaluable on a life raft or rescue boat. Read the rest of Puri Desalinating Water Bottle Could Save Your Life at Sea Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Byungsoo Kim , eco design , green design , Kangkyung Lee , Minji Kim , Puri , sustainable design , Younsun Kim        

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Vibeke Buchwaldt’s Bottle of Light Turns the Bottles of Confiscated Vodka into Votive Holders

July 25, 2013 by  
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A Bottle of Light is a truly unique design made from bottles that once contained smuggled liquor! Over 12,000 liters of “original Russian vodka” were confiscated years ago by the Swedish customs. Though the vodka found a new purpose in the paint industry (curious, we know), the empty bottles, produced at the Swedish glass works PLM, were taken to a glass workshop in the middle of Smaaland, Sweden. Local glass artists, Berth-Arne Lundgren and Vibeke Buchwaldt, bought up the remnants, and to make use of the storied bottles, Buchwaldt cut and polished them into various candle holders. + A Bottle of Light 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: A Bottle of Light , Berth-Arne Lundgren , bottle candle holder , candle holder , original Russian vodka , recycled glass bottles , smuggled liquor , Swedish glass works PLM , Vibeke Buchwaldt        

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