Kengo Kuma suspends a cocoon-like timber dwelling for minimal site impact

February 27, 2019 by  
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Prolific Japanese architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates recently worked its magic in the tiny Swiss village of Montricher at the foot of the Jura Mountains. There, the architects designed a contemporary family home that’s partly suspended from an existing concrete canopy and wrapped with timber inside and out. Created for the Jan Michalski Foundation, the cocoon-like dwelling — named Suspended Forest — is meant to further the organization’s mission of fostering literary creation and the practice of reading. Set close to the forest, the 120-square-meter abode takes inspiration from its nearby surroundings with an abundant use of timber. The architects collaborated with a local craftsman for the roof and facade system, which combines traditional techniques with contemporary style. Using locally sourced oak and larch, the architects cut out rectangular shingles of varying sizes and arranged them in a checkered pattern with an organic and random appearance to create an eye-catching exterior that doubles as a screen. The wood was left untreated so as to develop a natural patina over time. “It was our intention to organically relate the different spaces of the house,” the architects explained in a project statement. “We designed a cocoon-like, gradual and continuous space containing all the functionalities. A corridor runs from the entrance to the main living space, where the floating balcony connects the interior with the surrounding environment. Then, lateral apertures let the light come into the house.” Related: This spiraling sculpture can absorb the emissions of 90,000 cars An outdoor staircase, also suspended off of the main building, leads to the entrance, which opens up to a long hallway branching off to the home office, bedroom, technical room, master bedroom and finally the living area in the rear. The cocoon-like sensation created by the exterior cladding is echoed in the interior through the use of angular larch panels covering the ceilings and walls. Large windows let in plenty of natural light and views of the outdoors. + Kengo Kuma Photography by CAPimages via Kengo Kuma

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Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building

August 24, 2012 by  
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Photo by Judy Rose Sayson The Visayas Islands in the Philippines are gradually embracing renewable energy, and the capital city has just inaugurated its first green building – Iloilo City Hall . The building was recently unveiled by President Benigno S. Aquino III , and it features a roof topped with solar panels that will save $17,000 per year and prevent 36 metric tons of carbon dioxide being pumped into the atmosphere. Read the rest of Iloilo City Hall is the Visayas Islands’ First Green Building Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco-friendly , green buildings , iloilo , Iloilo City Hall , Philippines , rain harvesting , solar panels , The Visayas Islands

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Henning Larsen Architects Win Comeptition to Design New Emmen Theater and Zoo

April 17, 2012 by  
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Henning Larsen Architects , working in partnership with the Dutch Van der Berg Groep, have won first prize in the competition to design a new Theater and Zoo entrance in Emmen, The Netherlands. The 16,000 square meter facility will provide flexible exhibition and conference spaces with two performance stages. The ingenious geometric forms of the structure work with the surrounding landscape and natural environment to create an energy-efficient space that promises to provide a dramatic entrance to the 10-hectare wildlife park. Read the rest of Henning Larsen Architects Win Comeptition to Design New Emmen Theater and Zoo Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , architecture competition , Emmen Theater , Emmen Zoo , Henning Larsen Architecture

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Mauricio Affonso’s Transforming FAN Table Changes Shape in Seconds

April 17, 2012 by  
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Thomas Doyle Creates Beautiful Miniature Worlds on the Brink of Disaster

April 17, 2012 by  
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Diane von Furstenberg’s Green-Roofed Penthouse Sits Atop Her NYC Studios

March 23, 2012 by  
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Just steps from the entrance to New York City’s High Line park sits fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg’s flagship store and studios. From the outside, the historic Meatpacking District building looks like a plain brick structure, but design firm Work Architecture has actually transformed the building into a glittering modern work space filled with natural light that shines down through a clear, 6-story staircase. The staircase peaks in a geometric skylight that connects to von Furstenberg’s stunning green-roofed penthouse apartment . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Diane von Furstenberg , diane von furstenberg penthouse , diane von furstenberg studios , dvf , dvf flagship , dvf new york , green apartments , green design , green nyc apartments , green roof , Meatpacking District

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Make a Pleated Top Hat From Office Waste Paper

December 31, 2011 by  
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Wondering how to celebrate the new year with a bit of eco-festivity?  Try out this awesome one-size-fits-all top hat, made from repurposed, office waste paper.  The staff of architectural firm  ClarkeHopkinsClarke made quite the entrance with these pleated masterpieces at a recent event and agreed to share their secrets with you, lucky readers!  So click ahead, follow this how-to, and rock whatever New Year’s Eve plans you have tonight! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags:

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Leaf Carving: An Incredible New Art Form

January 24, 2010 by  
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Artists create delicate images on leaves by slowly scraping the surface. Photo via Mundo Gump It’s hard not to love the brilliant display of colorful foliage that signals the entrance of autumn each year, but as the cold winter winds prevail, those leaves that once beautified the landscape are left to collect on the ground or be begrudging raked-up in some weekend chore. A new art form emerging out of China, however, is making use of these brittle leaves–creating delicate forms that will continue to be appreciated long after the jackets..

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Bees Equiped With Microchips Help Explain Hive Declines

January 11, 2010 by  
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Photos: Philippe Psaïla / DoubleVue.fr In hopes of better understanding why bee populations are in decline, scientists are attaching microchips to bees to monitor their movements. The tiny device is glued to the back of the bees works with equipment installed at the entrance of their hives to record different data

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CES 2010 – CEA Offsetting Energy Use of Tradeshow With Renewable Energy from EarthEra

January 11, 2010 by  
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Image via EarthEra NextEra, the largest provider of wind and solar power, has put together EarthEra, a program that connects companies with consumers.

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