A gorgeous events center in Pennsylvania is built almost entirely out of eco-friendly timber

June 6, 2019 by  
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Residents of Nappanee, Indiana now have a beautiful timber events center to enjoy thanks to the Pennsylvania-based builders at Mid-Atlantic Timberframes . The Sammlung Platz (The Gathering Place in German) is a massive, multi-use center that is made out of natural timbers that give the space a unique structural strength as well as an exceptionally warm atmosphere. The Mid-Atlantic Timberframes company has established itself as a leader in the design of timber structures. Working directly with clients, the company crafts homes and commercial buildings using timber frames to create naturally strong structures that eliminate the need for load-bearing walls. Related: Green-roofed timber dwelling in Austria is built with recycled materials The Sammlung Platz is a pegged mortise and tenon-style timber construction that pays homage to traditional barns. Designed to accommodate up to 1,000 people, the two-level, 26,000-square-foot open floor plan can be used for any number of community or private events . From the sophisticated cabin-like exterior, guests enter the interior space through large wooden and glass doors. Inside, the spacious community center is clad in beautiful timber walls that cover the ground and upper levels, giving the space a warm, cozy atmosphere. To open up the space further, a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams hovers over the room. Using timber in the construction also allowed the building to be more eco-friendly. According to Mid-Atlantic Timberframes, the company’s timbers come from sustainably managed forests, and their suppliers plant as many as 10 times the number of trees they cut down. Building with timber also means significantly less carbon emissions are released during construction, as opposed to steel and concrete. Additionally, there is minimal waste, because the timber logs are used in their entirety, rather than using numerous specialty-cut lumber panels. + Mid-Atlantic Timberframes Images via Mid-Atlantic Timberframes

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TRS Studio turns shipping containers into low-cost Pachacutec housing

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Improved housing could soon be coming to Pachacutec, a dusty shantytown on the outskirts of Lima. Peruvian architectural practice TRS Studio has proposed low-cost cargotecture dwellings that not only are sensitive to the local vernacular, but also offer improved comfort and safety as compared to existing housing. The single-family homes would be made from shipping containers and recycled materials, including oriented strand board, wooden planks and polycarbonate panels. For the marginalized populations living in the “Pesquero II” settlement of Pachacutec, education and basic services can be difficult to obtain. A stable and comfortable house could give families greater stability and empower them to improve their living conditions. Thus, TRS Studio designed cargotecture housing adaptable to different family situations and would be built with community participation to give inhabitants a greater sense of ownership over their homes. Related: Is cargotecture the future of construction? What you need to know for your next project Each modular house consists of two floors. The first floor comprises the main living areas, including a kitchenette, as well as the master bedroom in the rear and an 18-square-meter space for a side garden or flexible recreational space. The second floor houses two additional bedrooms and a study that could be converted into a fourth bedroom. The natural finish of the construction materials would be left exposed yet reinforced for long-term durability. The shipping container frame, for instance, would be reinforced with steel columns, while unpainted OSB boards would be used for dividing walls. Recycled polycarbonate roofing would let in plenty of natural light indoors. “The construction in the first habitable modules will have educational purposes; we will have with the experience in this project, an exponential training in the construction process of the following habitable modules, helping to the future replicas will be even more effectives,” say the architects. “A fundamental aspect in this experience will be the change in the urban image of Pachacutec city, as a demonstrative zone in the field of sustainable construction in the long run, this differential implies that they will have formed in this district entrepreneurial people of the self-built sustainable architecture with the ability to teach other members of their community and to provide their services in other districts. Then, the attention will not be only in the project as architectural design, but also in the formation of future and sustainable constructors, improving their quality life and strengthening their values.” + TRS Studio Images via TRS Studio

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These dazzling zodiac lamps let you bring the heavens indoors

November 30, 2017 by  
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Brooklyn-based design laboratory Richard Clarkston Studio created the perfect lamp for star gazers. The firm’s new Constellation lamp series is made up of thin gold rods with LED-lit star nodes arranged into the various zodiac constellations. Thanks to the barely-there cords, the twinkling constellations hang delicately from the ceiling, creating a beautiful starry night scene. The Constellation system is flat packed with all of its components designed for easy assembly. Each light fixture has a specific design according to the zodiac sign ordered. To assemble, the thin rods equipped with the LED-powered star nodes just snap into place. Once assembled, the supports are threaded through a canopy and crimped in place using adjustable crimps. Related: Frederike Top’s geometric LED lamps cast colorful rays of ever-changing light Like most lamps , the system has to be positioned and hardwired into the ceiling. However, the constellation series can operate on batteries with the appropriate hardware. The LED bulbs used in the lamps are estimated to last over 50,000 hours and each star node can be independently replaced. + Richard Clarkston Studio

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Haiku Unveils Ultra-Efficient Ceiling Fan With Built-in LED Lights

June 3, 2013 by  
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Haiku is currently rated by ENERGY STAR as the world’s most efficient ceiling fan – and the company just launched a new patent-pending fan with integrated LED lights that are 80% more efficient than traditional bulbs. Its digital dimmer offers 16 unique brightness settings ranging from soft nightlight to primary light source. With a lifespan of 50,000 operating hours, Haiku’s LED is the one light you won’t be changing this decade. + Haiku 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: “energy star” , ceiling fan , Energy-Efficient Appliances , energy-efficient fan , green design , green interiors , haiku , LED , led ceiling fan , most efficient ceiling fan , sustainable design , Sustainable Interiors        

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Haiku is currently rated by ENERGY STAR as the world’s most efficient ceiling fan – and the company just launched a new patent-pending fan with integrated LED lights that are 80% more efficient than traditional bulbs. Its digital dimmer offers 16 unique brightness settings ranging from soft nightlight to primary light source. With a lifespan of 50,000 operating hours, Haiku’s LED is the one light you won’t be changing this decade. + Haiku 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: “energy star” , ceiling fan , Energy-Efficient Appliances , energy-efficient fan , green design , green interiors , haiku , LED , led ceiling fan , most efficient ceiling fan , sustainable design , Sustainable Interiors        

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Erez Nevi Pana’s “Soilid” Chair is Made from Baked Soil and Fungi

June 3, 2013 by  
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When it comes to green furniture design , it doesn’t get much more natural than  Erez Nevi Pana ‘s Soilid Chair , which is made from a mixture of soil, fungi and other natural materials. The materials are measured by volume and weight, mixed together and left to rise overnight at room temperature. The Soilid mixture can then be shaped and molded in a plaster or wood mold to create different shapes. Read the rest of Erez Nevi Pana’s “Soilid” Chair is Made from Baked Soil and Fungi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , chairs , Erez Nevi Pana , fungi , fungi chair , green chair , green furniture design , natural bench , natural chair , Soilid , Soilid chair , Soilid furniture        

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When it comes to green furniture design , it doesn’t get much more natural than  Erez Nevi Pana ‘s Soilid Chair , which is made from a mixture of soil, fungi and other natural materials. The materials are measured by volume and weight, mixed together and left to rise overnight at room temperature. The Soilid mixture can then be shaped and molded in a plaster or wood mold to create different shapes. Read the rest of Erez Nevi Pana’s “Soilid” Chair is Made from Baked Soil and Fungi Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , chairs , Erez Nevi Pana , fungi , fungi chair , green chair , green furniture design , natural bench , natural chair , Soilid , Soilid chair , Soilid furniture        

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Berlin’s Zeiss Planetarium Has a Brilliant LED Ceiling and Über-Futuristic Cafe Inside!

June 14, 2012 by  
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Eco-friendly bamboo skin makes Tang Palace restaurant look stunning

May 7, 2011 by  
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Ckapadia: ‘Go green’ is the buzz word today and what better way to go green than to use a very eco-friendly and natural bamboo structure to give a new look to your place. Tang Palace Restaurant , located at Hangzhou, China has just done the same turning ordinary place into a latest design contemporary restaurant. FCJC , a Beijing based design firm, has used this concept for Tang Palace to give it a very stylish and aesthetic feel.

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Eco Architecture: Eiffel Tower-inspired Eko generates solar energy and purifies air

November 11, 2009 by  
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Eco Factor: Housing project designed to generate renewable energy. 10 Raisons Architects have drawn inspiration from the magnificent Eiffel Tower to design a futuristic housing high-rise for Zaabeel Park in Dubai.

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