MVRDV to upgrade historic French city with modern, ecological design

June 15, 2017 by  
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France’s historic Bordeaux World Heritage Site is getting a modern ecological refresh thanks to prolific Rotterdam-based firm MVRDV . Working together with local architecture studio Flint , the architects unveiled Ilot Queyries, a pilot project for a new neighborhood that combines the European city’s historic qualities with eco-friendly and contemporary features. The dense and mixed-use masterplan not only calls for modern architecture and green space, but will also include solar panels, an integrated water system, and optimization of natural lighting in all buildings. Located east of the River Garonne, the 2.5-hectare Ilot Queyries neighborhood occupies a coveted riverside site with views towards the water and the historic city. The mixed-use masterplan comprises over 300 apartments, commercial units, a glass-fronted rooftop restaurant, and a large public park located at the heart of the development with a garden of alder, birch, and high grasses. To optimize views, natural ventilation , and access to daylight , the architects designed the building facades with 45-degree angles. These angular buildings give the development a modern sculptural aesthetic. A large landmark building at the riverfront will feature a unique angled facade covered with varying gold shades of ceramic tiles for a beautifully textured effect. Related: MVRDV transforms an abandoned highway into a “plant village” in the sky “For the Bastide Niel master plan we make an update of the European city: based on the values of the historic city that is intimate, dense and mixed, whilst at the same time proposing new objectives like sunlight for all, even on the ground floor, new energy supplies with solar panels , integrated water system and more green spaces,” said MVRDV co-founder Winy Maas. “The concept of the cuts of the volumes is introduced here at Ilot Queyries which can be interpreted as a pilot project of the master plan Bastide Niel. Cuts in the volume allow the new qualities and allow adapting to the neighbours and mimic the height of nearby buildings. The result is ‘a true Grande Dame’ which stretches from very low pavilion-like housing towards the neighbourhoods at the back and more ambitious and monumental where the scale permits to do so, for example at the Garonne riverside facing the historic left bank.” Ilot Queyries is located next to and is a part of the larger ZAC Bastide-Niel masterplan, also designed by MVRDV, that aims to create an inviting, attractive, and greener extension to Bourdeaux’s city center. Ilot Queyries will be completed in mid-2019. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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Barcelona home camouflaged into its leafy surroundings with glazed ceramic curtain

February 8, 2017 by  
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Barcelona-based architects PMMT Architects have slyly camouflaged a private residence into the surrounding greenery using a checkered screen of green-hued ceramic tiles. The architects worked with four different tones to color match the tiles to the surrounding landscape during the four seasons, seamlessly blending the home into the tree-filled lot. The front and rear facades of the three-story home (previously the city’s Indian consulate) are clad in chestnut board panels, but the rest of the home wrapped in the stainless-steel wire lattice made of ceramic tiles . The home’s unique “screen” not only offers beautiful views of the surrounding nature, but also is used for shade and privacy. Built on a deep incline, the natural landscape also helped tuck the home further into its surroundings. Related: Bird-friendly Invisible Barn camouflages itself against trees PMMT architect, Alex Herráez explains that the facade is inspired by the needs of the home itself, “The building’s design aims to respond to the defined functional needs of the family. With this ceramic curtain, we were able to solve four plans that in architecture are normally solved in separate ways: the facade, the pergola, the curtain walls and the roof.” The home has a large wrap-around patio that, thanks to the checkered screen , is the perfect place to peacefully enjoy the tranquil nature or expansive views of the city. The nature-inspired design continues into the interior, where a pair of birch trees holds court in an open-air patio. The living space on the first level is reached by an enclosed staircase with swaths of greenery planted on the flooring below. + PMMT Architects Via Archdaily Photography by Pedro Pegenaute  

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EDP Foundation’s elegant Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology opens in Lisbon

October 6, 2016 by  
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Photo by Hufton+Crow The facade of the structure was made of 15,000 three-dimensional, crackle-glazed ceramic tiles that reference Lisbon’s rich tradition of craft. Traditional building materials are translated into a more contemporary design, with the tiles capturing the changing light. Photo by Fernando Guerra Related: Amanda Levete’s gorgeous immersive petal-shaped MPavilion opens in Melbourne “The waterfront is so essential to the project that the design literally reflects it. The overhanging roof that creates welcome shade is used to bounce sunlight off the water and into the Main gallery, one of the four interconnected exhibition spaces ,” said Amanda Levete, principal of AL_A. The first phase of the kunsthalle opened to the public on October 5th, with a 12-hour program of events, performances and concerts. + AL_A Lead photo by Hufton+Crow

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Art of Board Launches First-Ever Recycled Skateboard Floor Collection

October 14, 2014 by  
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Lifestyle brand Art of Board recently launched the first-ever floor collection made from recycled skateboard decks collected through their ‘I Ride I Recycle’ program. The collection comprises 12 large 12-inch by 24-inch ceramic tiles in a matte finish created with Imagine Tile’s patented glazing technology. The water-resistant tiles are made from pre-consumer recycled materials, contain no VOCs, and are commercially rated for both indoor and outdoor use. The vibrant and eye-catching recycled skateboard floor tiles were recently installed at the Google headquarters in Irvine, CA. + Art of Board 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: Art of Board , ceramic tiles , google headquarters , imagine tile , pre-consumer recycled materials , reader submitted content , recycled skateboard , recycled skateboard tiles , ride i recycle , skateboard

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Australian Prime Minister Says That ‘Coal Is Good For Humanity’

October 14, 2014 by  
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Conservative prime minister Tony Abbott raised eyebrows in his country of Australia after declaring “coal is good for humanity” while opening a new coal mine in Queensland. The PM helpfully added that coal was vital to the world and that fossil fuel should not be demonized – and it’s not the first time that Abbott’s love for coal has stirred controversy. Read the rest of Australian Prime Minister Says That ‘Coal Is Good For Humanity’ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: australia , australian prime minster , caval ridge , caval ridge coal mine , coal , coal mine , PM Tony Abbott , queensland , Tony Abbot fossil fuels , tony abbott , Tony Abbott climate change , Tony Abbott coal

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What can I reuse or recycle to make attractive garden edging?

August 3, 2011 by  
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Carmen from South Africa has sent an email asking: What can I reuse/recycle to make attractive garden edging? I’ve always been quite taken with the idea of wine bottles for garden edging (and an item on my long, long to-do list is to try making a raised bed on the same principle). For a more rustic look, you should mimic the commercial bamboo edging using offcuts from local trees – sticks and branches about 2-5cm (1-2inches) in diameter that are too small to bother burning but too big for composting. If you want them all to stay in a neat line, you could nail them to a thin batten; else, just let the soil hold them in place. I’ve seen some edging made from old ceramic tiles too but I’m not sure how they were supported – any ideas? Any other suggestions?

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Dazzling BMCE Dome Building Is Foster & Partner’s Very First Completed African Project

March 25, 2011 by  
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