Ghost Barn built of locally felled timber glows like a lantern at night

March 31, 2017 by  
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With a name like Ghost Barn and a glowing, lantern-like appearance at night, this fiberglass-clad structure could easily be mistaken for a haunted hut. Rest assured, however, the building is actually a new model-making shed completed by British firm Invisible Studio in the woods of Bath. The architects designed the prototyping workshop using unseasoned spruce timber grown and milled on-site. Invisible Studio constructed Ghost Barn to complement their existing woodland studio and to serve as a space for full-scale model making. Built of locally sourced five-by-two timber planks in less than two weeks, the new prototyping workshop was an exercise in “constructional efficiency.” Minimal drawings were created before construction started to allow the build team to decide much of the design in an ad-hoc way, though the architects determined the materials and the overall farm shed -like appearance. Related: Super-local energy-efficient Caretaker’s House is built from locally grown and felled timber “The project is the first of a series of ‘equivalent’ projects that use same-section timber,” write the architects. “The project also relates to Piers Taylor’s PhD topic exploring contingencies that emerge through incorporating making in to design.” The mono-pitched Ghost Barn is clad in impact-resistant fiberglass and corrugated steel , materials that reference the local agricultural vernacular. The fiberglass walls allow natural light to pierce into the interior and give the building the appearance of a glowing lantern when lit at night. A large opening allows the designers to move large models and materials in and out of the building with ease. + Invisible Studio Via Dezeen Images via Invisible Studio

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Temporary pavilion by Frank Havermans references traditional Dutch farmhouses

September 22, 2016 by  
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Overlooking a newly built channel in The Netherlands, the pavilion stands out from the tranquil, pastoral surroundings as a rib cage-like structure with sharp angles. It combines corrugated steel , plywood and plastic that make up its shell, roof and siding, referencing traditional wooden-truss frames and gabled roofs of the old local residences. Related: Floating timber pavilion transforms a Swiss lake into an exciting new public square “By charging this construction with several elements from classic farmhouse typology in combination with simple low budget materials I created an experimental hybrid construction,” said Havermans. “This pavilion references the architectural heritage and also has a futuristic appearance in the landscape,” he added. Related: Dutch studios RAAAF and Studio Frank Havermans build ominous futuristic mobile shelter in the name of peace The platform is made from rough-sawn douglas wood boards, while the corrugated metal frames and plastic wrap around the base and shelter a seating structure. Another bench is formed along the exterior of the pavilion. The architect coated the plywood trusses with black rubber to protect it from the elements. + Frank Havermans + Stichting Fabrikaat Via Dezeen Photos by René de Wit

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Stéphane Maupin’s M Building is a Village-Like Social Housing Complex in Paris

April 16, 2012 by  
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London Data Center Staff to Avoid Olympic Traffic by Sleeping In Pods Next to Servers

April 16, 2012 by  
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The upcoming London Olympics have been the source of much concern, as never before seen traffic levels are expected to bring the City’s streets to a three week-long standstill. However staff at one data center, run by Interxion , will dodge the commute and sleep at the office in a set of space-age pods . London based pod purveyor Podtime has been marketing the pods specifically to businesses concerned that the Olympic traffic will impact productivity. While the notion of asking your staff to literally live in the office may be a little distasteful, the pods pose an interesting solution to the specific, short-term problem. Read the rest of London Data Center Staff to Avoid Olympic Traffic by Sleeping In Pods Next to Servers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: capsule hotel , data center , Live at Work , London Olympics , London Pollution , Pod Accomodation , Server Uptime , traffic congestion , Transit for London , Work Commute

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