Carbon-neutral Caring Wood wins RIBA award for best new house in the UK

November 29, 2017 by  
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A modern, carbon-neutral take on the traditional English country house in Kent has won the Royal Institution of British Architects’ House of the Year award . Designed by James MacDonald Wright and Niall Maxwell , the rural dwelling called Caring Wood was praised for its eco-friendly design and multigenerational design—properties that RIBA president Ben Derbyshire believes are among the many ideas displayed at Caring Wood that will “influence UK housing for many years to come.” Designed for three generations of the same family, Caring Wood sports an eye-catching form with four tilting towers that take inspiration from traditional oast houses, agricultural buildings used for kilning hops. This unusual design that pays homage to the local vernacular is what granted it planning permission in the National Planning Policy Framework, which recognized it early on for its “outstanding architectural quality.” Locally sourced materials and craft traditions were used in construction, including handmade peg tiles, locally quarried ragstone, and coppiced chestnut shingles. The sculptural project also gives back to the landscape with 25,000 trees planted on the 84-acre estate. Low energy design principles maximize natural ventilation, daylighting, and passive stack ventilation , while clean green technologies are also incorporated and include solar panels, EV charging, and ground source heat pumps. Related: Solar-powered English country house offsets all its CO2 emissions “Beyond the impression of sublime craftsmanship and spatial grandeur this house offers, Caring Wood leads us to fundamentally question how we might live together in the future,” said RIBA House of the Year 2017 jury chair, Deborah Saunt. “At a time when we are increasingly atomised, individually preoccupied and lost in personalised digital worlds, designing homes where families come together – in their many permutations – is an increasingly important aim. Whilst this might seem to be a particular brief for one extended family, it is one taking huge risks in asking how we collectively might live inter-generationally as social structures evolve.” + MacDonald Wright Architects Via ArchDaily Images © James Morris

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Swanky laneway house in Melbourne is built of recycled red brick

August 11, 2017 by  
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Austin Maynard Architects continues their valiant fight against the cookie-cutter McMansions of Australia with a beautiful new project built of recycled red brick. Located in Richmond, Melbourne within a laneway, the Brickface is a compact house addition at the end of the existing building’s rear yard. The modern and playful extension includes a garage on the ground level, studio living/guest suite above, and a roof deck. Brickface stands out from its laneway neighbors thanks to its recycled red brick facade, large round windows, sculptural form, and garage doors that are painted black instead of white to recede into the building face. The side of the extension facing the main house features an eye-catching outdoor spiral staircase, as well as a playful extruded pattern of red and blue glazed brick from the PGH Vibrant range. A new entertaining space with a pool and terrace was built between the existing home’s main living area and Brickface. “Melbourne’s property market is so inflated, that we’re now seeing a generation that are not only unable to buy a home, but also struggling to find affordable places to rent close to their work, school and community,” wrote Austin Maynard Architects. “ Melbourne does have one trick up its sleeve that many parents are increasingly exploring. Melbourne is strewn with under-utilised laneways and many home owners are creating a second residence in their backyard with frontage to the laneway, where their adult children can live during university and early employment. These second residences are becoming fully independent studio homes for adult children, allowing them to save and plan, whilst continuing to contribute to the essence of Melbourne’s most vibrant and cultural suburbs.” Related: Austin Maynard Architects restores a beach shack in their crusade against McMansions Flexibility was built into Brickface’s design. The ground-floor garage can be easily adapted into a large living space or even an office. The high-ceilinged contemporary interiors are filled with natural light and the walls painted a bright light blue. The accessible roof terrace can be used for entertaining and as garden space. + Austin Maynard Architects Images by Tess Kelly

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Stunning Beach Avenue is an eco-friendly home in Australia

August 31, 2015 by  
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8 of the world’s most inspiring homes

April 15, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 8 of the world’s most inspiring homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AchiBlox , bates masi architects , carbon-positive prefab home , Cargotecture , Christopher Simmonds , Contemporary Home , Dutch Floating Homes , eco-friendly home , energy efficient home , floating homes , German-certified home , green home , Jim Poteet architect , modular furniture , nicolo bini , passive home , rooftop solar array , Self-Supporting Dome Homes , shipping container home , sustainable renovation , tiny home , world’s greenest homes , world’s most inspiring homes

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8 of the world’s most inspiring homes

April 15, 2015 by  
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Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016

April 15, 2015 by  
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At Meet the Media Guru this year, Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde presented the “Smog free project”, an “electronic vacuum cleaner” that could potentially suck up urban smog . According to Roosegaarde, the brilliant design could be ready to go as soon as 2016. The cleaner works by using copper coils to create an electrostatic field that pulls smog particles from the air, and Roosegaarde is already in talks with the mayor of Beijing to put the machine in a city park to give city dwellers fresh air. The innovative solution could be instrumental in addressing the city’s air pollution issues . Read the rest of Smog-sucking electric vacuum cleaner could combat Beijing air pollution as soon as 2016 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air purifier , Beijing smog , chinese smog vacuum , Daan Roosegaarde , dutch vacuum cleaner cleans up china’s smog , eco design , electronic air vacuum cleaner , green design , sustainable design , vacuum cleaner sucks up chinese smog

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Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects Create a Snug and Playful Pod-Shaped Home

December 9, 2013 by  
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Climate Change in Middle Earth: Supercomputer Creates Real Weather Patterns for J.R. Tolkien’s Fictional World

December 9, 2013 by  
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Image via Warner Bros Middle Earth might be a fictional place, but thanks to a powerful supercomputer at Bristol University, its weather patterns are more real than ever. Dr. Dan Lunt, an expert on past climate change , used Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkein’s famously detailed maps to make surprisingly accurate estimations of the weather Gandalf,  Frodo Baggins , Aragorn, Legolas, Gollum and all the other timeless characters would have encountered during their quests throughout Middle Earth . The success of Lunt’s climate prediction model is due in part to the fact that Tolkein had the good sense to include lots of mountains in his fictional geography. The result is an accurate picture of 70 years of weather in different parts of Middle Earth. Read the rest of Climate Change in Middle Earth: Supercomputer Creates Real Weather Patterns for J.R. Tolkien’s Fictional World Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bristol university , Climate Change , climate change in Middle Earth , climate maps , climate maps of Tolkien’s middle earth , Dr. Dan Lunt , JRR Tolkien , lord of the rings , Lord of the Rings climate map , mapping middle earth , middle earth , weather patterns , weather predictions        

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