Eco-friendly Scarborough Home is designed to follow the sun

October 9, 2018 by  
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Set into a steep hillside in Christchurch , the Scarborough Home makes the most of its challenging location by embracing site-specific design. The modern family home is the work of New Zealand architectural practice Borrmeister Architects , which capitalized on the property’s stellar ocean views with a pavilion-like design. Modestly sized at 250 square meters, the breezy, passive solar dwelling also boasts environmentally friendly features including solar panels, rainwater retention tanks and a sculptural roof designed to follow the arcing path of the sun. Building on an extremely steep hillside required the architects to implement a strict 1.2-meter grid that informed the massing of the three-story Scarborough Home. On the basement level, stone walls anchor the home to the ground and appear like a natural extension of the rock face. In comparison, the upper two levels take on a more pavilion-like feel with massive walls of high-performance glass sheathed behind cedar sliding screens to mitigate unwanted solar gain. A lightweight, sail-inspired roof tops the building and is supported by two tree-like timber and steel structures. The open-plan living areas — including the kitchen, dining area and lounge — as well as a study and bathroom are placed on the top-most level. Three bedrooms, bathrooms, a sauna and the laundry room are located on the floor below. Outdoor living is emphasized with large connecting decks, a swimming pool, an outdoor shower and a vegetable garden. Related: Post-earthquake passive solar home is built around resilience “The brief was for a relaxed, playful home open to the sun, capturing the views to the beach and to the uphill park, whilst also providing shelter from the prevailing winds and incorporating easy driveway access and parking,” the firm explained. To meet the client’s wishes for an environmentally conscious home, the architects used locally sourced, low-maintenance, natural materials for construction. In addition to solar roof tiles and a  rainwater harvesting system, the Scarborough Home includes automatic overhead louvers and an ultra-low emission log burner. + Borrmeister Architects Images by Sarah Rowlands

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Demolition: an “Invisible” Walkway Disappears in New Zealand

September 5, 2013 by  
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Gorgeous Eco-Friendly Villa in Bali Built Using Only Local Materials and Labor

September 5, 2013 by  
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Recycled Shipping Pallet Pavilion Springs Up in Christchurch, New Zealand

January 28, 2013 by  
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Christchurch, New Zealand suffered a number of devastating earthquakes in the past 2 years, which left almost 200 people dead and thousands without a home. Now artists and architects are rebuilding the city with innovative projects that seek to revitalize open spaces. One of these brilliant projects is the Summer Pallet Pavilion in central Christchurch – an impressive venue made entirely from recycled materials and wooden shipping pallets . Gap Filler collaborated with emerging designers, established professionals, architects and numerous volunteers to create this self-contained space, which is covered in plants and features a stage, several counters/table and a large amount of seating. It is incredible that even in a city that has been reduced to rubble, there is so much inspiration and innovation leading the drive to rebuild. + Pallet Pavilion + Gap Filler Via Rincarnation 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: “sustainable architecture” , Christchurch , green architecture , green design , New Zealand , pallet pavilion , Recycled Materials , recycled shipping pallets , salvaged pallets , shipping pallets , sustainable design

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Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

April 23, 2012 by  
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Shigeru Ban ’s temporary cardboard cathedral finally got the green light to be erected in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now called the “Transitional Cathedral”, the building will replace a 19th century church that was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake – until funds for a permanent building are raised. The temporary building will hold 700 parishioners, it can be constructed with a fraction of the time and cost it takes to create a traditional building, and it can be re-erected for a different propose in the future. Read the rest of Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , cardboard building , Christ church church , Green Building , green design , New Zealand Church , shigeru ban cardboard church , shigeru ban christchurch cathedra , Shigeru Ban Church

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Shigeru Ban ’s temporary cardboard cathedral finally got the green light to be erected in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now called the “Transitional Cathedral”, the building will replace a 19th century church that was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake – until funds for a permanent building are raised. The temporary building will hold 700 parishioners, it can be constructed with a fraction of the time and cost it takes to create a traditional building, and it can be re-erected for a different propose in the future. Read the rest of Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , cardboard building , Christ church church , Green Building , green design , New Zealand Church , shigeru ban cardboard church , shigeru ban christchurch cathedra , Shigeru Ban Church

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Shigeru Ban ’s temporary cardboard cathedral finally got the green light to be erected in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now called the “Transitional Cathedral”, the building will replace a 19th century church that was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake – until funds for a permanent building are raised. The temporary building will hold 700 parishioners, it can be constructed with a fraction of the time and cost it takes to create a traditional building, and it can be re-erected for a different propose in the future. Read the rest of Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , cardboard building , Christ church church , Green Building , green design , New Zealand Church , shigeru ban cardboard church , shigeru ban christchurch cathedra , Shigeru Ban Church

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US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

April 23, 2012 by  
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US Energy Secretary Steven Chu and his British counterpart Edward Davey are set to announce a major collaboration between the two nations to develop new floating wind turbine technology. Traditional offshore wind turbines are drilled into the ocean floor, so they can only be built where waters are shallow enough to reach the bottom. Developing floating wind turbines would enable nations to tap into winds that are located in deeper waters. Under the agreement, each country will offer millions of dollars to contractors that produce demonstration projects. Read the rest of US and UK Will Team Up To Develop Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , floating wind turbine , Offshore Wind Farm , offshore wind turbine , renewable energy , wind energy , wind farm , wind turbines

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