An old 1930s home gets a modern makeover into a cozy beach cabin

May 23, 2018 by  
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Seattle-based architecture firm Olson Kundig is no stranger to cabin design, having completed many beautiful retreats across the Pacific Northwest. So, when Alan Maskin, principal and owner of Olson Kundig, decided to a renovate and expand an original 1938 beach cabin on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, the results were nothing short of spectacular. In keeping with Maskin’s love for “the various uses of history,” the Agate Pass Cabin deftly combines the spirit of the 1930s with a modern refresh. Located on the shore overlooking Agate Pass, the Agate Pass Cabin came about when Maskin began searching for a home located between his “work life and love life,” formerly separated by a three-hour commute. It was then that he found a rundown 1930s cabin that won him over with its nice proportions, stained wood interiors and potential. The original structure was only one-story with low ceilings and an attic. Maskin expanded the property to 1,100 square feet and added a second story fronted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that frame views of the water and Agate Pass. The second floor also opens up to a small terrace built atop the original screened-in porch, which was converted into a dining room and office. The existing interior was clad in wide planks of Douglas Fir  — a plentiful and popular material choice in the area 100 years ago. Whenever those panels were removed or altered, Maskin repurposed them into everything from cabinetry to ceilings. Related: This Puget Sound eco cabin is made almost entirely from reclaimed materials “Throughout the design, Maskin worked to make the different construction periods legible,” Olson Kundig said. “Modern additions are demarcated with different wood types from the original planks, making it clear to see what was ‘then’ and what is ‘now.’” To develop a spacious feel, Maskin removed the attic and the living room’s low ceiling to create a cathedral ceiling that soars to 17 feet tall at the gable. The design team added new foundations and made seismic upgrades. Maskin also designed most of the built-in furniture and cabinets, much of it made with glulam plywood . + Olson Kundig Images by Aaron Leitz and Kevin Scott/Olson Kundig

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Exxon aims to cut methane emissions 15% by 2020

May 23, 2018 by  
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ExxonMobil isn’t typically known for climate action , but the world’s biggest publicly traded oil and gas company is now fighting climate change with greenhouse gas reduction measures. The oil and gas giant recently announced measures to lower greenhouse gas emissions , including a 15 percent drop in methane emissions , in an effort to address climate change. To slash methane emissions, Exxon is drawing on multiple initiatives, one of which is leak-detection-and-repair efforts at XTO Energy , an Exxon subsidiary focused on shale . According to the company, operational improvements at production and midstream sites in the United States, combined with the leak-detection-and-repair efforts, have lowered methane emissions by around two percent in the last year. Exxon thinks it will reach the 15 percent target with these initiatives and “additional measures outside the U.S. focused on the most significant sources of methane.” Exxon also aims for a 25 percent reduction in natural gas flaring ; it believes the most significant reductions will happen in West Africa. Related: New Exxon CEO supports Paris climate deal, carbon tax The oil and gas company describes itself as “the most energy efficient refining company in the U.S. and internationally.” It said it has reached “a 10 percent improvement in energy efficiency” across “global refining operations” after launching an effort in 2000, and that it invests in lower-emission energy solutions such as biofuels , cogeneration, and carbon capture and storage. CEO Darren Woods said in their statement, “We have a longstanding commitment to improve efficiency and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s announcement builds on that commitment and will help further drive improvements in our business.” Almost two-thirds of greenhouse gases released during the last 150 years originated from 90 companies . Exxon was in the top 10, according to a 2013 study from Richard Heede at the Climate Accountability Institute; he blames the companies for most climate change . + ExxonMobil Via Reuters Images via Depositphotos (1)

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New protective timber slats shield the renovated Escu House from Sydney’s sun

August 2, 2016 by  
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The architects extended the front living space to incorporate the existing veranda and introduced a vertical slatted timber element as a privacy shield and part floor-to-ceiling balustrade . The name of Escu House references this subtle introduction of a buffer zone-“escu” means “shield” in French. In addition to its protective role, the facade treatment lets northern light into the interior and allows windows to be opened wide. Related: Sydney Church Renovated Into A Chic Home Complete With Indoor Pool Inside, the architects introduced layers of joinery and finishes that strengthen the connection to nature. Several original elements such as the David Trubridge pendant light create accents that reference the 1960s design, while blue, yellow and grey kitchen tiles introduce subtle pops of color. Built-in furniture and concealed storage were added to the back of the house, kitchen and open family room. + Bijl Architecture Photos by Katherine Lu

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Shape-shifting PortHotel transforms from a 2D symbol into a 3D habitable space

July 22, 2015 by  
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Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees

July 20, 2015 by  
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Kouichi Kimura’s Cozy House is a secluded space in a busy Japan neighborhood

April 3, 2015 by  
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Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1

January 24, 2015 by  
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Click here to view the embedded video. Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by boat design, Japanese homes, and Zen minimalism, the 258 square-foot apartment 90 steps above the street is a multi-functional space that can transform from a kitchen to a living room, bedroom, or dining room with some clever built-in furniture. Read the rest of Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apartment design , Barcelona apartment , built in kitchen , built-in furniture , eco apartment , Green apartment , green home interior design , LEGO Apartment , micro apartment , micro apartment design , Zen apartment

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Click here to view the embedded video. Christian Schallerton has retrofitted a tiny apartment up with a vast view of Barcelona into an incredible transforming home that packs a lot of living space into a tiny footprint. Inspired by boat design, Japanese homes, and Zen minimalism, the 258 square-foot apartment 90 steps above the street is a multi-functional space that can transform from a kitchen to a living room, bedroom, or dining room with some clever built-in furniture. Read the rest of Incredible Transforming LEGO Apartment Packs 4 Rooms Into 1 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: apartment design , Barcelona apartment , built in kitchen , built-in furniture , eco apartment , Green apartment , green home interior design , LEGO Apartment , micro apartment , micro apartment design , Zen apartment

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Scape House Curates Lakeside Views Within a Clustered Cuboid Volume

October 8, 2014 by  
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Lamp Revival Creates Unique Light Sculptures from Salvaged Lamps

January 14, 2013 by  
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Lamp Revival creates quirky recycled table lamps and hanging lights from salvaged and vintage lamps, electrical parts and pipe fittings. For the past 10 years, the company has been operating out of Rockland, Maine, creating unique lamps out of old, discarded materials. In one of their most impressive creations, the folks at Lamp Revival used pipe fittings and sheet metal to create a jacket and bow-tie for the Fred Astaire lamp, and they used two recycled Victorian glass shades to create a matching lamp that looks like Ginger Rogers striking a dynamic pose. Check out Lamp Revival’s website to see all of their unique and nostalgic lamps. + Lamp Revival 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: custom lamps , diy lamps , Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers , green lighting , Lamp Revival , lamps , recycled lamps , Recycled Materials , salvaged lamps

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