Repurposed shipping containers inject funky and unexpected color to a historic home renovation

August 1, 2016 by  
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Artist Markus Linnenbrink and his wife, gallerist Cindy Rucker, commissioned LOT-EK to renovate the existing two-level carriage and to add a penthouse above. “We thought a lot about what we wanted from this house and how to make this our house,” they told New York Magazine . The single-family home, called the Irving Place Carriage House, eschews the typical house design with its cargotecture addition and with the rejection of bathroom tiles and marble counters for more unusual elements like the kitchen backsplash made from end-grain wood chips. Related: PHOTOS: Daring Shipping Container House Boasts a Dramatically Sliced Profile In contrast to the shipping container’s vibrant orange shade, the facade is painted in alternating diagonal bands of pale gray and black. “It echoes the same stripe design of the container ‘tower’ inside,” said LOT-EK principal Giuseppe Lignano. The tangerine ‘tower’ houses the kitchen, bathrooms, mechanical space, and the stairs and is framed by walls tinted orange, while the other walls of the home are painted white. The orange vertical volume extends from the ground to a roof that’s topped by a penthouse made from four repurposed shipping containers, also painted in an orange shade. + LOT-EK Via New York Magazine Images via LOT-EK

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Energy-generating smart bricks turn ordinary buildings into efficient living machines

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A cool project with an unfortunate acronym, LIAR or Living Architecture is developing construction bricks composed of biofilm that can harness solar energy , wastewater, and air pollution, and turn them into usable resources. The living bricks fit together to create ‘bioreactor walls’ that can be programmed to perform all sorts of functions. The inventors say the new, sustainable construction material could be worked into homes, public buildings, and office spaces. Newcastle University coordinates the $3.6-million interdisciplinary project involving experts from the universities of the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, the Spanish National Research Council; LIQUIFER Systems Group, and EXPLORA. The bricks are equal parts awesome and gross. Inside each of them is a microbial fuel cell which is filled with programmable synthetic microorganisms. A variety of microorganisms will reside in each chamber, specifically designed to perform one of a number of functions, including purifying water, reclaiming phosphate from the air, generating electricity, and creating detergents. Robotically activated and digitally coordinated, these bricks are as smart as they are savvy, capable of turning ordinary buildings into efficient machines. Related: Bio-Grow uses electronics waste to make algae for biodiesel The gross part has to do with the project’s inspiration, which comes straight from nature . “The best way to describe what we’re trying to create is a ‘biomechanical cow’s stomach’,” said Rachel Armstrong, Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University, UK, who coordinates the project. “It contains different chambers, each processing organic waste for a different, but overall related, purpose–like a digestive system for your home or your office. The project brings together living architecture, computing and engineering to find a new way to tackle global issues, like sustainability.” Living bricks may eventually transform homes and office buildings with a more sustainable approach to construction and building functions. “The technologies we are developing aim to transform the places where we live and work enabling us co-live with the building,” said Professor Andrew Adamatzky, LIAR Project Director for UWE Bristol. “A building made from bio-reactors will become a large-scale living organism that addresses all environmental and energy needs of the occupants.” Via Newcastle University Images via Marc Falardeau/Flickr and  LIAR Project

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Tiny solar-powered Story Pod in Ontario offers community more than free books

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The Story Pod features black vertical slats along its outer walls, creating the impression of a solid structure, yet when passersby get a little closer they can see into the transparent polycarbonate sheet and into the peaceful haven. Benches fold outward with two of the walls and interior shelving provides space for bookworms to take refuge. Visitors from a nearby riverside trail may find the spot both inviting and relaxing. Related: Microlibrary built with 2,000 recycled ice cream buckets tackles illiteracy in Indonesia At night, the pod locks up and glows with the light of LED bulbs powered by hidden rooftop solar panels. The structure still serves a function for nighttime visitors, providing ambient light for community events after dusk. The architects are proud of the pod’s “pure, simple form that belies a deeply thoughtful approach to architecture.” + Atelier Kastelic Buffey Via  Ignant Images via Bob Gundu , Shai Gil

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How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home

August 12, 2014 by  
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People all over the world are looking for cheap, alternative housing, and recycled shipping containers are starting to become ever more popular; not just homes but also for all sorts of structures . The average shipping container is a very versatile thing, and they can be easily connected together to make many different shapes and sizes of buildings, somewhat like constructing a building with giant Lego bricks. If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option to build your new family home or business office, then using modified shipping containers could be the perfect choice for you. Read the rest of How to Spice Up a Shipping Container Home Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ‘Container House , building permits , container home , container homes , Prefab , Recycled Materials , shipping container , shipping container home , shipping container house , shipping container houses , shipping containers , solar panels , summer

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Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

October 8, 2013 by  
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Beautiful Spanish Retreat is a Shipping Container-Capped Rooftop Casa

October 9, 2012 by  
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Six Oaks is a Modern Yet Rustic Shipping Container Home in California

August 6, 2012 by  
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350.org Founder Bill McKibben Presents Terrifying New Climate Change Statistics

August 6, 2012 by  
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In the August 2012 issue of Rolling Stone magazine is one of the most alarming and terrifying articles on climate change that you will ever read. Titled “ Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math ” and written by American environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben , the article paints a bleak picture for the future of the planet as efforts to save it are hampered by politics, greed, fudged science and laziness. What is even more alarming is that McKibben’s piece reveals some brutal facts and figures that will shock even the most well-read conservationist. Read the rest of 350.org Founder Bill McKibben Presents Terrifying New Climate Change Statistics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bill McKibben , copenhagen climate conference , environmentalists , global warming , Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math , oil gas reserves , rio+20 , two degrees , us wildfires

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McDonough + Partners’ Bosch Siemens Showroom Boasts a 4-Story Living Atrium

August 6, 2012 by  
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All-in-One Ecopak House Incorporates its Own Shipping Container Into its Structure

June 18, 2012 by  
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Seattle Architect Matthew Coates, President of Coates Design Architects , has teamed up with Aircraft Structural Engineer James Green of Building Container LLC , to create a container home like no other – the Eco Pak . Imagine a container that can be delivered to nearly any site on the globe and contained within are the structural components to build a house. Better yet….there’s no need to return the container; it becomes an integral part of the structure. The Coates-Green team turns the idea of container homes inside out, literally. The traditional container home uses the box as shelter; the team’s improved concept integrates the container into the structure of the home. 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! Read the rest of All-in-One Ecopak House Incorporates its Own Shipping Container Into its Structure Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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