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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Innovative recycled ceramic bricks keep this Hanoi house’s interior fresh and clean

November 15, 2016 by  
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The building features an interesting double-skin facade and several voids in its interior. These elements improve the quality of indoor air and work with, not against, the tropical weather conditions of the region. The outer layer is made of recycled ceramic bricks that help purify dust and smoke and suck in fresh air. Related: These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200 Open panels help cool down interior spaces and promote the interaction between the inner and outer scenery. Randomly arranged pot plants absorb humidity and mitigate calorific radiation. The house creates a “natural sense of breathing rhythm” and presents a healthier alternative to what’s being built in Dong Anh. + H&P Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Nguyen Tien Thanh

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The world’s CO2 emissions have not increased in the past three years

November 15, 2016 by  
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A new report shows that 2016 marks the third year in a row with no increase in worldwide emissions. The findings have been met with cautious optimism, as they signal China’s declining coal production. However many are concerned that US president-elect Donald Trump has vowed to back out of the Paris Agreement and thinks climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese . In 2016, a negligible 0.2 percent rise in carbon emissions was projected – which is quite a deviation from the typical annual growth rate of three percent in the 2000s. China is responsible for 30 percent of global emissions, however its total emissions actually declined 0.5 percent this year. Related: Plants are keeping atmospheric carbon levels stable, but it won’t last forever The findings were presented at the climate change talks in Marrakesh , Morocco, where nearly 200 governments are convening from November 7-18. The study, published in the journal Earth System Science Data , projected US emissions to drop 1.7 percent, yet it is anyone’s guess as to how long this decline will continue after the presidential transition. A palpable, foreboding uncertainty has fallen over the talks after election of Donald Trump , who not only wishes to pull out of the Paris Agreement, but also favors the coal and oil industries. “The break in emissions rise is a great help for tackling climate change but it is not enough,” said Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia and leader of the study’s data analysis. “Global emissions now need to decrease rapidly, not just stop growing.” Via Reuters Images via Pixabay , Flickr

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Studio Fuksas completes the largest project built in Rome in over 50 years

October 24, 2016 by  
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The project is built in Rome’s historic quarter EUR and boasts 55,000 square meters (13 acres) of mixed-use spaces, including a hotel. It is defined by three elements: “Theca”, the “Cloud” and the “blade” of the hotel . The “Theca” is the outer layer that comprises a steel structure and double-glass facade and encases the “Cloud” which acts as the heart of the project. The”Cloud” accommodates a large auditorium with 1760 seats, snack points and support services. It looks like an undulating cloud covered by a 15,000-square-meter transparent curtain and acts as an independent structure within the interior of the building. Related: Studio Fuksas Completes Spectacular Terminal With Honeycomb Skylights at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport The New Congress Center can host various events and has a capacity that can reach a total of nearly 9,000 seats, including the 1,760 seats inside the “Cloud”. The entire complex has a climate control system with variable flow air conditioning and photovoltaics that provide clean energy and mitigate solar radiation. + Studio Fuksas

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Green-roofed apartment block in Tehran uses recycled rainwater and reclaimed materials

October 10, 2016 by  
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Though the Saba Apartment’s sustainable elements are impressive, the building’s most eye-catching features are its wavy timber shutters that cover the street-side grid façade made of square recessed windows. The wooden slats also lend a warm touch to the light-colored stone exterior. The floor-to-ceiling shutters can be swiveled and moved by hand to block unwanted solar gain and for privacy. This double-skin facade and the recessed balconies with double-glazed windows help residents keep cool in the Tehran heat. A garden located in the rear comprises a pool, planting beds, and paving made from recycled railway sleepers. The apartment’s garden-facing facade is made from locally sourced and reclaimed brick and covered with modular vertical planters fed drip irrigation using rainwater harvested from the roof. A green roof tops the building and is integrated with solar panels that generate the energy used for lighting the communal areas. Related: Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading “With the change in people’s lifestyle, development of the cities and the uprising demand for constructing high-rise buildings; this valuable heritage of our ancestors efforts in engaging the architecture with nature has gone obliterated, which has changed into a blurred memory over less than a century,” write the architects. “This project was the result of our efforts in revitalizing this lost heritage and giving a new interpretation to the old concept. Which we believe one of the main reasons of the cultural crisis our society is engaged with nowadays is the result of this abrupt shift in the living space.” + TDC Office Via Dezeen Images via TDC Office

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gmp Wins Competition to Build Shanghai’s First Closed Cavity Facade Office Buildings

April 24, 2014 by  
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JOHO Architecture’s Lattice-Wrapped Namhae House Harmonizes With Nature

February 15, 2013 by  
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