Weathered steel trees wrap around a solar-powered school building

October 17, 2018 by  
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Delft-based architectural office cepezed recently completed a solar-powered branch for Graafschap College in Doetinchem that — unlike most school buildings in the Netherlands — eschews natural gas in favor of a power supply that’s 100 percent electric. Built for the students of the Sports & Exercise and Safety & Craftsmanship departments, the new school building prioritizes a healthy indoor learning environment that maximizes access to natural daylight and views of the outdoors. In homage of the many oak trees that grow around the building, the architects partially wrapped the structure in tree-shaped weathered steel cladding that serves as a double skin for solar shading. Built to house approximately 700 students, the new Graafschap College branch at Sportpark Zuid features at its heart a large, light-filled atrium named The Midfield in reference to sports and teamwork. The Midfield is organized into a series of cascading terraces with large landing areas that serve as informal meeting spaces. The glass atrium roof floods The Midfield with natural light and is combined with sensor-enabled LED lighting to reduce reliance on artificial lighting. “In order to be able to look over the car park from the ground floor, and to give the building the appearance of a pavilion in green surroundings, the school has been elevated by a half-story and placed on a basement,” the architecture firm noted. “Beside the car park, the height difference is bridged by an elongated, landscaped staircase, which also incorporates a ramp.” Related: Green-roofed Copenhagen sports center is open to the public 24/7 For the facade, the architects installed alternating strips of glass and black aluminum panels to create a sleek and modern appearance. A second skin of perforated Corten steel cut into the shapes of oak trees is laid over the east, west and south facades of the building and helps deflect unwanted solar gain without preventing daylight from entering the building. cepezedinterieur handled the interior design, which also follows a contemporary aesthetic but with brighter colors and patterns that allude to sports and movement. In addition to solar panels, the school also uses solar boilers for water heating. + cepezed Photography by Lucas van der Wee via cepezed

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This breezy, green-roofed home in Singapore embraces nature from all angles

October 17, 2018 by  
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Whereas many modern buildings in Singapore rebel against the country’s tropical climate with air-conditioned, hermetic spaces, international architecture firm Guz Architects decided instead to embrace the natural environment in its design of the Willow House. The single-family home takes on a breezy, pavilion-like appearance with open and well-ventilated spaces that tap into passive design principles and crosswinds for cooling. Draped in climbing plants and organized around ponds and gardens, the home feels like an extension of its lush surroundings. Spanning nearly 900 square meters, the Willow House was completed in 2012 for a young couple with three small children. “The house aimed to create dynamic spaces that encourage play and interaction,” the architects said. Surrounded by tall trees, the home is located in a private oasis of calm that looks a world apart from the dense urban environment  for which Singapore is famous. Oriented to optimize access to cooling breezes, the two-story residence is laid out in a L-shaped plan that wraps around a central courtyard with a pond. A single-story open veranda with an accessible rooftop garden anchors one side of the water courtyard and houses the primary living spaces. The other communal areas — such as the kitchen and dining room — as well as the concealed service areas are located on the ground floor, while the private areas are placed above on the first floor. The master bedroom and children’s bedrooms are placed on opposite sides of the first floor. Related: Lush green roof camouflages the Chameleon Villa into the Indonesian tropics A covered outdoor walkway on the first floor overlooks views of the roof garden and central courtyard , which comprises a large fishpond and a small island with trees. “The movement of water and fish brings life into the courtyard and draws the eye away from the building,” the architects said. In the area between the veranda and kitchen, the fishpond transitions into a shallow freshwater reflecting pond and finally transforms into a 3-meter-deep swimming pool that mirrors the home’s L-shaped layout. + Guz Architects Via ArchDaily Images by Patrick Bingham-Hall

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Mecanoo completes the new Delft train station

March 6, 2015 by  
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Cabin 2 is a gorgeous contemporary extension to a mid-century holiday retreat

March 6, 2015 by  
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3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water

March 5, 2015 by  
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Emerging Objects , frontrunners in the 3D printing industry, has developed a 3D-printed ceramic “Cool Brick” that uses nothing but water to cool homes in hot, dry climates. This is the first project of its kind, now on exhibit in San Francisco, and it demonstrates technology that could make a radical change to home energy use in arid regions. Read the rest of 3D-printed “Cool Brick” cools a room using only water Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3D , 3D printing , ceramic bricks , cooling , cost-savings , eco-friendly , Emerging Objects , Energy Savings , evaporative cooling , heat , humidity , passive cooling , water issues

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TU Delft Developing a Network Of 20,000 Weather Stations to Track Climate Change in Africa

August 12, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock The Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands is working in collaboration with Africa Gathering in order to design a network of 20,000 affordable weather stations in Africa through the Trans-African Hydro-Metrological Observatory (TAHMO) initiative . This monitoring network, which will replace a rapidly deteriorating system, is expected to be a vital tool in the tracking of climate change in the continent. Read the rest of TU Delft Developing a Network Of 20,000 Weather Stations to Track Climate Change in Africa Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa weather , Delft University of Technology , Professor Van de Giesen , TAHMO , un climate change , weather monitoring stations , wmo        

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Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines

July 10, 2013 by  
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In the Netherlands , scientists from the aerospace engineering department of the Technology University in Delft are testing the ability of giant kites to harvest energy from high speed, high altitude winds that wind turbines can’t reach. They say that just a single one of these 25-square-meter kites is capable of generating enough energy to power 40, with less environmental impact than a wind turbine and for lower out of pocket cost to consumers. Read the rest of Giant Energy-Generating Kites Could Serve as an Alternative to Wind Turbines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , ‘kite power , alternative energy , kites , Netherlands , renewable energy , research , sails , technical university of delft , wind energy , wind turbines        

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Nendo Designs ‘Coffee Beer’ Bottles to Raise Money for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction

July 10, 2013 by  
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Coffee and Beer lovers have something to look forward to. Japanese brewery  Sekinoichi  is adding coffee beans to its beer during the brewing process to accentuate the taste of beer, resulting in a rich, deep taste due to the bitterness and aroma from the beans. Sekinoichi approached Japanese design studio  Nendo  to design the bottles for its new  coffee beer , which they have done in the most low-cost, energy efficient way possible. Proceeds from the beer sales will be used to provide disaster relief in the rebuilding effort following the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Read the rest of Nendo Designs ‘Coffee Beer’ Bottles to Raise Money for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Anchor Coffee , Coffee Bean Labels , Coffee Beer , Coffee Beer Bottle , Customized Bottles , Disaster Relief , green graphics , Hand Applied Bottle Graphics , Ichinoseki , Japan Tsunami 2011 , Japanese Brewery , Kesennum , Nendo , Sekinoichi Brewery        

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