The ‘Dutch Mountains’ will be the world’s largest wooden building

March 16, 2018 by  
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The Netherlands is famously flat—but a massive green mountain is rising up in the Dutch city of Veldhoven. The Dutch Mountains project will be the world’s largest wooden building, combining natural materials with high-tech design to create a state-of-the-art, self-sustaining development. The ambitious project will include several offices and work spaces, as well as various conference centers. It will also feature a hotel located on site and short-stay facilities for out-of-town visitors. The main building will be constructed of solid wood and, once completed, will be the largest wooden building in the world. Related: Eindhoven unveils plans for a solar-powered city block with living roofs and urban farms The Dutch Mountains master plan envisions an entirely self-sufficient complex, with closed cycles for energy, water, waste and materials. The architects chose timber as the principal building material in order to create system that reduces CO2 emissions. Additionally, they plan to integrate the building’s facade with a smart technology that reduces energy usage. The project envisions a future where the building can be updated with greener materials that help improve the building’s sustainability. For example, the building’s temperature-regulating facade will be one of the most innovative on the market, but if a smarter facade is created in the future that produces more energy, it can easily replace the old version, which will be recycled or repurposed. Built with optimal flexibility in mind, the structure’s individual spaces will be adaptable to future uses. For example, if more office space is needed, the conference spaces can be converted, or vice versa. The complex will not only use sustainable building materials, but also provide an abundance of green space to create a vibrant, healthy atmosphere. From green roofs and a large park to an artificial marshland, the complex will be virtually covered in vegetation. + Dutch Mountains project + Studio Marco Vermeulen Images via Studio Marco Vermeulen

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These mesmerizing kinetic objects float like giant soap bubbles

February 16, 2017 by  
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Dutch designers Martens & Visser created a collection of mesmerizing kinetic objects that rotate and reflect light and color like massive soap bubbles floating through the air. The ‘Reflecting HOLONS’  may look like fragile bubbles that could pop at any moment, but they are made from razor-thin iridescent plastic strips attached to an axis. As the axis rotates they change shape, revealing all colors of the rainbow in a constantly-evolving light show.

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See-through Porta Palace tiny home “feels bigger than expected”

January 12, 2016 by  
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The humble mussel is as important and threatened as bees

January 12, 2016 by  
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The world is in need of some mussel building. The humble mussel is not only a delicious seafood dish, it also is one of the most important species in the sea (and various salt-free bodies of water). Mussels act as a natural filtration system by pulling excessive nutrients from the water, which might otherwise have contributed to algal blooms and “ dead zones .” Researchers from the University of Porto in Portugal and the Technical University of Munich have compiled the first comprehensive database of mussel populations in Europe’s freshwater, which they hope will be used to protect these essential mollusks. Read the rest of The humble mussel is as important and threatened as bees

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14 inspiring designs from Eindhoven Sectie-C

November 30, 2015 by  
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Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

November 12, 2015 by  
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What happens when you challenge two teams from the same architectural firm to create an amazing residential design? Designer Maarten Baas was determined to find out as he led two separate teams from Dutch-based firm Van Aken Architecten to create residential designs for De Bakermat Plaza in Eindhoven, once voted the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland. Read the rest of Two architectural teams redesign the fourth ugliest place in all of Holland

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Bizarre giant art village is the largest Atelier Van Lieshout installation ever

August 28, 2015 by  
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Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics

November 11, 2014 by  
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For the roughly 10 percent of the world’s population who have dyslexia, reading can be a real chore. Standard fonts are deliberately made to look alike — the ‘b’ flips around as a ‘d’ and ‘n’ becomes ‘u’ — in an effort to keep them neat and aesthetically pleasing. But it is exactly this that makes it so hard for dyslexics to distinguish between different letters, since they are prone to flip words, mirror them, or rotate them in their minds. As a graphic designer who also grapples with dyslexia, Christian Boer designed a new font called Dyslexie that addresses these design issues, and one publisher has already published 40 books using it. Read the rest of Christian Boer Designs New Font Especially for Dyslexics Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Christian Boer , Design for Health , dutch design , dyslexia , dyslexics , Dyslexie , font for dyslexics , Istanbul Design Biennial , typeface design

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Meet SUstand: A Recycled Cardboard Stand for Any Tablet or Smartphone

October 17, 2014 by  
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You’ve probably noticed how popular is cardboard in the world of sustainable products lately. Following the examples of foldable furniture and cardboard surfboards , a team from Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has introduced SUstand : an elegant and environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic tablet stands. Designed to minimize paper waste, these stands are pre-cut on a piece of 100 percent recycled cardboard . A little push here, a slight bend there, and you’re suddenly the owner of four adjustable stands that can hold any tablet, phablet, or smartphone. By year’s end, there will be a crowdfunding campaign for producing SUstands directly from paper waste (like supermarket boxes) to reduce the environmental impact even further. SUstands will be available during the Dutch Design Week (October 18-26) at the Temporary Art Centrum , Eindhoven, the Netherlands. + SUstand Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment 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! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cardboard stand , Eindhoven , Netherlands , phablet , recycled cardboard , recycled cardboard stand , smartphone stand , sustainable cardboard , SUstand , tablet , tablet stand , upcycled cardboard

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The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline

October 17, 2014 by  
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The results are in, and the mountain wins – a Washington State Court just ordered architect Tom Kundig to move his controversial Flagg Mountain Hut . The lawsuit was raised by residents of nearby Methow Valley, WA who didn’t like seeing their pristine ridgeline disturbed. Speaking about the decision, Judge Christopher Culp said: “… the hut cuts dramatically into the skyline. It does not attempt to blend with its surroundings: it is in stark and vivid contrast to anything around it. The hut could not have been built in a manner more insensitive to the visual minimizing goals of the Covenants.” Read the rest of The Mountain Wins: Court Orders Tom Kundig to Remove Flagg Mountain Hut for Disturbing Ridgeline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly , Environment , flagg , flagg mountain hut , hut , kundig , methow , recreation , washington

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