Architects design gorgeous forest-enveloped home with lounge space on its green roof

March 4, 2019 by  
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Brazilian firm, MF+ Arquitetos have unveiled a beautiful wooden home design with a massive open-air lounge on its sprawling green roof. Located in a lush green forest outside of Madrid, Casa Spain is a 6,400-square-foot family home built to be a refuge in the woods. Designed to seamlessly blend into its forestscape and natural topography, the home’s heart is located on its dual-level green roof, which comes complete with a lounge area and fire pit. Although the gorgeous family abode is tucked into a forest, the home design was inspired by the homeowners’ desire to re-create a bright and airy beach home, but surrounded by greenery instead of ocean views. The result is a spectacular forest refuge that is fully integrated into its surroundings thanks to its contemporary volume and natural building materials. Related: Green-roofed home cantilevers over a remote mountainside in Argentina Using the building site’s natural environment as inspiration, the designers choose to create a organic volume made up of glass, stone, wood and concrete. Made up of two overlapping and perpendicular volumes, the home was strategically orientated to make the most out of the views. Both of the home’s levels make use of the wooden-clad eaves and panels of folding brise soleil to reduce solar heat gain and provide natural ventilation throughout the interior. The bottom level of the home sits on a small hill with an expansive stone platform that wraps around the ground floor. Large floor-to-ceiling glass panels open up to the outdoors and flood the interior with natural light . The upper level of the home is a smaller recessed volume that opens up to the roof of the bottom level, revealing a spectacular green roof that sits up high in eyeline with the dense tree canopy. With a large dining table, lounge area, fire pit and native vegetation, this outdoor terrace space is definitely at the heart of the home’s design. + MF+ Arquitetos Via World Architecture Images via MF+ Arquitetos

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Solar-powered Villa H is a modern glass-fronted home in the Dutch dunes

September 29, 2017 by  
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Natural materials converge in the beautiful, tailor-made Villa H (Villa Hupkes) tucked into Rotterdam’s dune landscape. Architecture firm BERG + KLEIN designed this modern home for a client who wanted a warm and minimalist dwelling that embraced the landscape. Fronted with floor-to-ceiling glass, Villa H opens up to the garden and maintains a relatively low environment footprint with its use of solar energy, green roof, and air-driven heat pump. Built primarily of concrete, stained Western Red Cedar , and natural stone, Villa H features a muted materials palette that helps blend the structure into the surroundings. The low-lying building is spread across three levels: the basement level with a garage, the main living spaces on the ground floor, and the accessible landscaped roof. The ground-floor living area features an open-plan living room, kitchen, and dining area on one end and the bedroom and study on the opposite. A staircase between two concrete walls is located at the center of the home. Related: Unique asymmetrical home in the Netherlands takes a novel approach to sustainability The ground floor opens out via sliding glass doors to a terrace that doubles as an outdoor living space. These sliding glass openings and other windows promote natural ventilation . Timber brise-soleils slide along a track in front of the glazed sections to deflect sunlight, reducing solar heat gain while providing privacy. The inhabitat.com/tag/cantilever/ cantilevered roof also helps provide shade. Electricity is partially provided through rooftop solar cells. + BERG + KLEIN Via ArchDaily Images © Christian Richters

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Ekaterinensky Congress Center glows like a lantern on the Kuban River in Russia

July 29, 2016 by  
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The building combines orthogonal and curved surfaces with a glass curtain facade that follows the sinuous plan of the building volume oriented towards the river. At night, the curved glass windows and a large brise-soleil in oxidized copper create an appearance of a lantern visible all along the river bank. Related: ‘Kinetic’ rooftop garden uses pallets and plants to create the illusion of movement Programmatically, the building is divided into two areas, along with outside spaces and roof terraces . The entire building is slightly elevated above street level, allowing the architects to create two underground floors with a parking space, technical rooms and service areas. The large, triple-height entrance dominates the building. Thanks to the presence of movable, soundproof walls, the main conference hall can be split into a 720-seat plenary hall, 3 parallel 200-seat halls and 6 small 60-seat halls. + Piuarch

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Concrete brise soleil keeps this glass-enveloped building cool in sweltering Ghana

June 15, 2016 by  
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One Airport Square is a striking building featuring a very unique structure on its façade: a criss-crossing brise soleil made out of concrete. Its powerful aesthetic was inspired by the motifs of the traditional African fabrics and peculiar patterns of palm tree bark. While the design embraces local traditions, it also meets the needs of environmental sustainability. The building’s shell is a combination of overhanging slabs and diagonal frames that shelter the interior against direct sun rays. Thanks to this design, One Airport Square features an unexpected envelope entirely made of glass and, therefore, 17,000 m² of bright interiors that are also protected from the intense sun. Who would have ever imagined a comfortable, completely glazed 9-story building in the heart of Africa? Besides acting as a giant brise soleil , One Airport Square’s irregular grid is also a load-bearing element of the building. Related: How thousands of rough wooden logs protect this pavilion from solar radiation Interestingly, Cucinella did not simply deliver an eye-catching and sustainable landmark. The development of the Kotoka International Airport area in Accra is also a great public space. From the urban point of view, One Airport Square project is a congregation piazza that’s active day and night and capable of hosting various events and activities. The commercial gallery of the ground floor contains shops, restaurants and cafes, allowing One Airport Square to make a significant contribution to the surrounding community, landscape and providing an example in terms of ethics, cultural sensitivity and environmental sustainability. + Mario Cucinella Architects Images via Fernando Guerra courtesy of the Mario Cucinella Architects

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Twisted Timber Shell Wraps Around a Parking Attendant’s Pavilion in France

October 27, 2014 by  
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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

August 12, 2014 by  
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Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video)

August 12, 2014 by  
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School desks might seem like a common commodity in the West, but many children in India have to go without, which can result in bad posture, damaged eyesight, and even poor handwriting. To help deal with the problem, New Bombay-based non-profit Aarambh created the Help Desk, a writing surface made from recycled cardboard that can also be folded up into a briefcase. While the desks only cost about 20 cents to make, they drastically improve the learning experience and health of schoolchildren across India. You might need tissues for the video after the jump. Read the rest of Aarambh’s 20 Cent Cardboard Desk Drastically Improves Life for Indian School Children (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cardboard backpack for schoolchildren , cardboard briefcase , foldable cardboard desk , Help Desk by Aarambh , Indian schoolchildren , portable cardboard desk , recycled cardboard desk , repurposed cardboard boxes

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Low Impact Maison Reciprocity Home Boasts a “Living” Brise-Soleil Modular Building Shell

March 12, 2014 by  
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Liyuan Library’s Wood Facade Filters the Sun While Harmonizing With the Surrounding Landscape

November 4, 2011 by  
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San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

November 4, 2011 by  
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