An off-grid home in South Africa features a conservatory for fully enjoying nature

October 26, 2018 by  
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South African architect  Nadine Engelbrecht has unveiled a stunning family home in her hometown of Pretoria. The design was a result of working directly with the homeowners, who wanted a peaceful off-grid retreat where they could escape their hectic urban lifestyle. Connecting design with the gorgeous surroundings, the house’s best feature is a massive conservatory that brings in a wealth of natural light and acts as a passive heating and cooling feature for the solar-powered home. At 6,400 square feet, the Conservatory is a sprawling family home located on a 35-hectare farm outside of Pretoria. Cement washed bricks were used for the main volume of the house, which is attached to the large glass conservatory framed in black steel. The volume of the home was created to meet the needs of the homeowners, who requested a very spacious, one-story living area for two. This space is contained in the conservatory and adjacent living space. The rest of the structure houses guest suites that can be effortlessly separated from or integrated with the main home. Related: Glass elements dramatically open up a solar-powered Sydney home Besides the homeowner’s layout requirements, the surrounding environment drove the project’s design. The home was built into the sloped landscape, which is covered in natural grass. The lower portion of the home is partially submerged into the hill, allowing veld grasses to cover a portion of the roof  for a seamless connection to nature. This connection with the landscape continues through the interior thanks to the huge conservatory built into the core of the brick home. The glass structure, which is topped with translucent roof sheeting, provides spectacular views and also allows for passive temperature control . In the colder months, the glass panels allow solar penetration to warm the space. The area beyond the conservatory was built with glass partitions, which can be opened to allow warm air to flow throughout. In the warm summer months, the automated glass facade opens up completely to allow natural cross ventilation to flow. In addition to the passive temperature control features, the stunning home was built to operate off the grid. Solar panels on the roof generate clean energy, and the water installations are designed to conserve water and reuse any gray water. + Nadine Engelbrecht Via Archdaily Photography by Marsel Roothman via Nadine Engelbrecht

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NBBJ Unveils Striking Biosphere Greenhouses for Amazon’s Seattle HQ

May 22, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of NBBJ Unveils Striking Biosphere Greenhouses for Amazon’s Seattle HQ Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Amazon , amazon biospheres , amazon headquarters , biosphere , conservatory , eco design , eco office , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green office , greenhouse , Landscape Architecture , NBBJ , open space , park , plant-filled office , public open space , public park , Seattle , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , urban green space , urban park        

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Mineheart’s Tiny King Edison XII Chandelier Brings Baroque Splendor to Small Spaces

May 22, 2013 by  
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British design company Mineheart , indulges Inhabitat’s love of all things tiny with their King Edison XII chandelier .  Designed by Young & Battaglia, the King Edison glitters inside of a protective glass orb pendant. The teenier than tiny Baroque chandelier made its debut at ICFF in New York, and it will be available for mini-mansions in July. Read the rest of Mineheart’s Tiny King Edison XII Chandelier Brings Baroque Splendor to Small Spaces Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , King Edison XII , Mineheart , mini chandelier , small living , sustainable design , tiny living        

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