Tech entrepreneur renovates UK castle into a giant happy office space

January 20, 2017 by  
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When entrepreneur Chris Morling decided to renovate a historic castle into his company’s UK headquarters, he looked for a designer who would think out of the box, and well … that’s exactly what he got. Morling hired famed designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen who teamed up with Interaction to take on the massive task of transforming the “ugly, unfriendly and un-creative” interior into a dizzyingly vibrant office space with plenty of sustainable features for money.co.uk . https://youtu.be/KiSFafxBGpk Located in Cirencester, UK, the 10,000-square-foot Victorian Castle is now filled with a dizzying hodgepodge of colorful paints and quirky design features , from Rolling Stone-inspired toilets and suits of armour to a Star Wars-themed cinema and even an ice cave meeting room. Although certainly flashy, the office space is really geared to the comfort of the employees. There are plenty of distinct areas for team meetings or quiet nooks like the library for a little bit of solitude. Nature lovers can enjoy the large vertical garden wall in the reception area, which is equipped with automatic water release system. Related: Medieval Italian Castle Transformed into Modern Mountain Museum Mr. Morling told the Daily Mail that the inspiration behind the renovation was to make his employees happy, “It is about making this a wonderful place, a productive place to work,” he said. “What we have done is modeled all the design around the needs of the team. Some people want to stand while they work, some people to work alone. Ultimately it boils down to creating a space where you feel comfortable.” Thankfully though, this design isn’t purely in-your-face aesthetics. The castle was installed with a super-efficient high specification energy recovery system that provides fresh air ventilation into every single room in the castle, cutting down on the office’s energy needs. For further energy conservation , each room is equipped with passive infrared sensors that light up when people are in the room and turn off when they aren’t. + Money.co.uk + Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen + Interaction Via The Daily Mail Images courtesy of Interaction

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Mystical cantilever Tintagel Footbridge connects visitors to the legendary ruins of King Arthur castle

November 9, 2016 by  
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Paying homage to the lore surrounding Tintagel Castle, Ney & Partners and William Matthews Associates came up with a design symbolizing the myths. According to the project description from William Matthews Associates , “Our winning proposal is based on a simple concept: to recreate the link that once existed and filled the current void. Instead of introducing a third element that spans from side to side, we propose two independent cantilevers that reach out and touch, almost, in the middle.” Related: Spectacular Lucky Knot bridge in China twists and turns like a Möbius Strip The significant space between the two cantilevers symbolizes the transition between past and present, according to William Matthews Associates, as well as between “reality and legend” and “the known and the unknown.” According to Ney & Partners , the materials with which they aim to build the footbridge will be “simple, durable, and appropriate to the context of the site.” Steel, slate, and oak are among the materials they named for the Tintagel Castle Footbridge. When English Heritage chose the two firms’ design, founder of William Matthews Associates William Matthews said in a statement , “Tintagel Castle attracts visitors for many reasons: the dramatic landscapes and geological formations, the Dark Age remains, the ruined 12th century castle and the legends of King Arthur and Tristan and Isolde. Together, they breath an undeniable and powerful sense of life into the place – to be invited to contribute to that is a rare privilege and honor.” According to Ney & Partners, the bridge could be finished in 2019. + Ney & Partners + William Matthews Associates Images via Ney & Partners/William Matthews Associates/Hayes Davidson/Emily Whitfield-Wicks

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Pombal Castle’s Magnificent Visitor Center is a Limestone Monolith in a Medieval Fortress

November 11, 2014 by  
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Decaying 12th Century Astley Castle Transformed into a Modern Hotel in England

June 13, 2013 by  
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Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep

June 13, 2013 by  
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Last summer, British telecommunications company Vodafone deployed a recharging truck to music festivals to enable festival-goers to charge their gadgets. Now, the company is rolling out a new piece of technology — also aimed at the festival crowd — that will let you charge your phone with your own body heat. The company just unveiled the “ Recharge Sleeping Bag ,” a prototype of a sleeping bag that can harvest thermal energy from body heat and use it to charge your phone. Read the rest of Vodafone’s New Energy-Generating Sleeping Bag Charges Your Phone as You Sleep Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cell phone charging , cell phone-charging sleeping bag , England , green technology , kinetic energy , Recharge sleeping bag , renewable energy , sleeping bag , thermal energy , Vodafone        

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The Gilded Age Boldt Castle in Upstate New York Sits on Its Own Island

May 21, 2012 by  
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After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts

May 21, 2012 by  
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Since Japan shut down all its nuclear power stations in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, the country has been exploring ways to replace the 30 percent of national power which was generated by nuclear energy. Ideas to diversify the national power grid range from tapping into local geothermal springs to investing in tidal power . At present however, the country faces blackouts, and as a result the government is urging businesses and households to cut electricity usage by up to 15%. Read the rest of After Closure of All Nuclear Power Plants, Japan Urges Population To Cut Power Use By 15% To Avoid Blackouts Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Fukushima Chernobyl , fukushima earthquake , fukushima heating up , fukushima nuclear disaster chernobyl , fukushima reactor 2 , japan blackouts , japan nuclear power , japan nuclear power plant , japan power cuts , japan renewable energy , japan tsunami , nuclear power plant construction , nuclear power plants , seismic areas , seismic nuclear power plant

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Stunning Silverthorne Ice Castle Lights up the Night in Colorado

January 6, 2012 by  
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