Recycling Mysteries: Brick

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Timber-clad extension reconnects post-war Dutch residence with nature

January 25, 2017 by  
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A brand new layout and addition transformed a post-war brick house in The Netherlands into a modern family home with a new connection to its natural surroundings. Kraal Architecten and Lab-S worked together on renovating the residence in Zeist, introducing a timber-clad extension that contrasts with the original home’s materials. The building underwent an extensive transformation that created a stronger connection between the interior and exterior spaces. The addition, clad in timber , provides views of and relates to the outdoors, while maintaining a clear division between the new and existing parts of the building. Related: Stunning Dutch Renovation is Harmoniously Eclectic Each floor received spatial additions, with the kitchen, bedroom and study located one above the other at the back of the house. A new staircase connects them. The extension also features floor-to-ceiling windows which not only provide views of the garden, but filter in plenty of natural light. + Kraal Architecten + Lab-S Via Archdaily Photos by Ed van Rijswijk

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Foster + Partners China Resources University opens in Shenzhen

November 1, 2016 by  
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Set atop a hill, the new China Resources University overlooks views towards the South China Sea and accommodates hundreds of students. The campus comprises a management training institute, residential buildings, five teaching building, an invention center, auditoria, library, and gym. The campus is connected to a larger mixed-use development , also designed by Foster + Partners, that includes a hotel, clubhouse, retail, and other residences. Related: Foster + Partners breaks ground on Ferring Pharamceuticals’ headquarters in Copenhagen “The idea was to create a cascading complex of buildings and spaces – a series of teaching and living spaces, terraces and informal streets that encourage interaction and a sense of wellbeing,” said Chris Bubb, architect partner at Foster + Partners. The campus is made primarily from locally fired brick as a nod to Shenzhen’s history of brick masonry buildings. Coarse stones hand-pressed against the bricks before the firing process give the bricks their rough texture, which were then baked at varying temperatures to create different colors to match the different tones of earth in the surrounding area. + Foster + Partners Images via Foster + Partners , by Neil Young

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Crushed bricks recycled for a cave-like concert hall in Poland

June 1, 2016 by  
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© Jakub Certowicz Located between Torún’s old town, a UNESCO-protected site, and the new development area of the city, the concert hall employs in a very special way two conventional materials: red bricks and white concrete. Each personify a specific historical age and corresponding architectural aesthetics. More precisely, classic red bricks recall the old town streetscape and ancient buildings’ façades. White concrete, on the other hand, represents contemporary architecture. The two materials symbolically fuse old and the new. © Jakub Certowicz Architect Fernando Menis calls this technique cof mixing concrete with other materials “picado” and often employs it in his works. It has been certified by the Spanish and the Polish Building Research Institute. Besides its powerful visual effect, this technique provides excellent acoustic results, which is particularly useful for the CKK Jordanki project. Plus it gives a second life to trashed bricks. Related: Menis Architects’ Agora Garden is a rock-like residential tower wrapped in vegetation © Ma?ogorzata Repli?ska. Courtesy CKK Jordani and Fernando Menis The shape of the building emphasizes the interplay and dichotomy between modern and historic design. While the exterior of the Jordanki Hall features cold, rigid and almost anonymous geometry, its interior is a surprisingly fluid and dynamic cave-like space. Inside, Jordanki is smoothly-shaped and molded to provide necessary space for the program functions. To understand better the nature of the concert hall’s interior space, think of Zurek, a traditional Polish soup served directly in a scooped-out loaf of bread. © Ma?ogorzata Repli?ska. Courtesy CKK Jordani and Fernando Menis The Jordanki Concert Hall is a flexible building that can be easily transformed from a classic opera configuration into a theater, a symphony orchestra, a central scene performance space or even a banquet hall. The hall can also be adapted to a different capacity, shrinking or expanding it like a sponge. + Fernando Menis + Polish architecture Images © Jakub Certowicz, Ma?ogorzata Repli?ska. Courtesy CKK Jordani and Fernando Menis

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“Another brick in the wall” shelves are a modern take on traditional stone bookshelves

March 1, 2016 by  
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Inspired by the traditional shelves in the stone homes of his childhood in Yugoslavia, Zdravko Barisic decided to create modular shelves that challenge the notion of the traditional, linear bookshelf .  Called “Another brick in the wall,” the design is a composition of 7 reclaimed steel modules that can be adjusted on the wall as desired, creating an alternative to the strictness of classic bookshelves. The rust finish on the shelf, combined with the free-form arrangement, calls to mind the ancient bricks of historic villas. The design was featured at Maison et Objet 2016 in Paris and can be purchased through Mabele. + Mabele 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!

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Google’s driverless car causes an accident for the first time

March 1, 2016 by  
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This week, one of Google’s autonomous vehicles was involved in a minor fender-bender when the car backed into the side of a passing bus. While the self-driving cars have been involved in traffic accidents before , the company has always maintained that the crashes were caused by human drivers sharing the road with the vehicles. In this case, Google is accepting “partial responsibility” for the accident – a first for the company – and is working on changing its software to avoid such incidents in the future. Read the rest of Google’s driverless car causes an accident for the first time

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Industrial Kid turns spare bicycle parts into contemporary and playful desk lamps

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Riding a bicycle represents freedom and fun, so why not bring those feelings into your home? Industrial Kid designed a series of contemporary desk lamps that celebrate our love for cycling through the creative reuse of spare bicycle parts . Powered by an LED “bicycle light,” each lamp is made up of a flat handlebar, brake levers, grips, Bowden cable housing, and stem. The customizable lamps are available in 10 different colors, from kiwi lime to chocolate brown. To get a bicycle desk lamp of your own, head over to Industrial Kid’s Indiegogo campaign where they’re available for an early bird price of $99. + Industrial Kid Indiegogo Campaign 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!

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Brick Lamp is an understated lamp that looks like a humble piece of concrete

March 26, 2015 by  
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HCWD Studio  creates designs that help people rediscover the experience of interacting with everyday objects, and redefines the relationship between objects and environment. The New York-based design studio just launched their latest creation : the innovative LED Brick Lamp. The portable little lamp is the essence of simplicity and when it is not in use, the lamp blends in with its surrounding with its brick or wood-like exterior. To turn it on, simply set the lamp on a surface. Once you lift it, the lamp turns off, meaning that there are no switches or cords to mar the elegant restraint of the design. + Brick Lamp 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: Brick Lamp , Brick Lamp kickstarter , green lamps , green lighting , HCWD design , HCWD Kickstarter , HCWD Studio , LED , LED lamps , led light , LED lighting , reader submissions

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Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions

March 1, 2015 by  
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It takes an enormous amount of energy and resources to produce simple building materials such as concrete, bricks, and asphalt – however Ginger Krieg Dosier has developed a low-impact way to simply grow building blocks instead! Her award-winning company Biomason recently received 500,000 EUR (about $560,000 USD) from the 2013 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge to continue the groundbreaking work of producing bricks from sand and bacteria. Read the rest of Award-winning biomason grows bricks from sand and bacteria to reduce CO2 emissions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2013 postcode lottery green challenge , bacteria , biobrick , biomason , brick , building infrastructure , carbon dioxide , climate war room , CO2 emissions , ginger krieg dosier , greenhouse gas emissions , Metropolis Magazine , sand , uae , US

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She’s a brick (guest) house… but she used to be a laundry room

February 5, 2015 by  
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