Award-winning solar home with spectacular desert views asks $5.35M

August 28, 2020 by  
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On the edge of the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, just outside of Las Vegas, an AIA award-winning home has hit the market for $5.35 million. Designed by PUNCH Architecture and built by Bugbee Custom Homes, this custom, 3,270-square-foot residence embraces the breathtaking desert landscape with carefully framed views and an indoor/outdoor design approach. The luxury Montana Court home is built largely with natural, modern materials and is topped with solar panels as well as a living roof. Recognized by the American Institute of Architecture’s Las Vegas chapter for its architectural innovation and design, the three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath luxury home keeps the spotlight on the southern Nevada desert landscape with a restrained palette and contemporary aesthetic. The two-story home is built into the mountainous landscape and blends in with the desert with a natural materials palette, which will develop a patina over time. According to the real estate firm, The Ivan Sher Group, this site-sensitive approach is an exception to the typical Las Vegas luxury home, which tends to stand out from the background rather than complement it. Related: Sustainable desert home has a small water footprint in Nevada “This is a home for those who fully appreciate nature and the outdoors, in addition to the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip,” said listing agent Anthony Spiegel. “There are panoramic views of Blue Diamond’s stunning mountain and desert scenery, and at night you can see millions of stars light up the sky. This home is also nearby one of the top biking trail systems in Southern Nevada, allowing residents the convenience to ride at any time.” Located in the small town of Blue Diamond, the Montana Court home is nestled among Joshua and Pinion trees, cacti, creosotes and rock formations in a setting that offers complete privacy in the outdoors. The exterior is wrapped in weathered steel that will evolve as the home ages. The home also includes a 1,200-square-foot garage, outdoor shower, barbecue area, fire pit and multiple sheltered outdoor spaces that seamlessly transition to the indoors through full-height glass doors. + 4 Montana Court Listing Images courtesy of The Ivan Sher Group

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New Book ‘Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air’ Features 50 Breathtaking Tree Houses from Around the World

September 6, 2014 by  
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Nothing captures our collective imagination quite like a majestic treehouse. Tashen’s new book  Tree Houses: Fairy Tale Castles in the Air  features stunning images of 50 of the world’s most amazing tree house designs. Structures range from traditional A-frame homes in miniature, to bulbous, futuristic dwellings that cling to behemoth branches. There is a true wealth of images to be savored in the glossy photos captured of each arboreal abode in Taschen’s 352 page book. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fairy tale castles , Inhabitots , Taschen , tree house , tree house book , treehouse architecture , treehouse book , treehouse design , Treehouses

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Relive Felix Baumgartner’s Breathtaking Stratos Space Jump… In LEGO!

October 17, 2012 by  
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EFGH designs a green recreational landscape for Rosario

August 9, 2011 by  
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Ritu Mathur: The Billboard Park Designed by EFGH Architectural Design Studio So far the city of Rosario, the industrial hub of Argentina, has been famous for its neoclassical architecture that has been retained over hundreds of years through its public and private buildings and tourists have thronged the city to have a look at the beautiful archaic buildings preserved through conscious efforts by its residents. But very soon, Rosario could also be known for its contemporary designed honeycomb structured park at the banks of Paraná River. Picture Gallery The Billboard Park Billboard Park by EFGH Architectural Design Studio The recreational park has been designed in such a way that it provides optimal spaces of public spaces. It also gives an opportunity to the visitors to view interactive designs and enjoy the breathtaking beautiful views of the Paraná River. The park has been named as Billboard park because of its unique structure which uses both the horizontal and vertical spaces. The vertical structure of the park has striking similarities with the bee hive and the visitors can stand on the small units of this billboard like structure and can have an eagle’s eye view of the river. The park is set in a triangular shaped plot of land and makes best use of the available space. The green side of the park faces the river and makes it an incredible experience to look at the river. The plants in the holes are grown in light weight soil free medium to avoid any kind of excess burden on the structure of the vertical park. There are a lot of niches in this structure from where the city of Rosario can be seen in a new light. The credit for designing this unconventional park goes to a New York based firm, EFGH Architectural Design Studio. The firm is known for creating unconventional and yet multipurpose buildings. The park is an example of using unconventional strategic approach in designing public spaces. Via: Evolo

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Yosemite Installs Largest National Park Solar Array

August 8, 2011 by  
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Yosemite National Park is known for El Capitan and the breathtaking views captured by Ansel Adams, but visitors may soon remember another sight from their trip.  Yosemite has installed the largest solar power array of all the national parks with a 672 kW system that will provide 12 percent of the park’s power needs. Installed by Suntrek, the system consists of a 500 kW solar canopy over a parking lot, a 100 kW rooftop array on a warehouse and a 72 kW wall mounted array, all located within the park’s maintenance and administrative complex.  The whole system is made up of 2,800 solar PV panels. The $4.5 million installation will save the park $50,000 a year on energy costs and the park also expects to receive $700,000 in energy rebates from PG&E over the next five years. This is something I’d love to see more of.  While no one wants to see our national parks overrun with solar arrays, it is very fitting to install them at administrative or visitor centers where electricity is used.  National parks exist to conserve and protect the most amazing parts of our land, so renewable energy seems to be ideal for providing their electricity. Head over to SolarWorld’s website , the maker of the panels, to see some cool photos of the project. via Treehugger

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USDOT Begins Testing Smart Transportation Systems

August 8, 2011 by  
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Testing for a new vehicle-to-vehicle communication system is beginning this week on a specially arranged road course at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS). The US Department of Transportation is examining systems that use “communication-based safety warnings” to reduce the number of traffic accidents by alerting the driver when there is a risk of a crash or other safety driving hazard. Eight carmakers, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors LLC., Honda R&D Americas, Inc., Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center, Inc., Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America, Inc., Nissan Technical Center North America, Inc., Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. and Volkswagen Group of America, are taking part in this project as members of the Vehicle Safety Communications 3 (VSC3) Consortium. About 100 local drivers have been recruited to drive specially modified cars and test the systems for this project. “Each clinic will include about 16 cars equipped with technology applications which drivers will evaluate as they use the vehicles in a controlled environment designed to simulate real roadways and intersections.” Simulated intersections, traffic signals, and other configurations have been laid out on the MIS grounds to test situations and equipment as a first step toward deployment of these systems. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is expected to make a decision in 2013 about whether or not this technology is sufficiently developed that it can begin to be deployed in new cars. via: Michigan Radio

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