Rammed concrete home in Portugal boasts passive design features and a green roof

March 26, 2019 by  
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Portuguese firm  Atelier 1111 has unveiled a gorgeous home designed to strategically blend into the rural region of Grândola in southern Portugal. The Cottage House is an angular design embedded into a small hillside, putting part of the home underneath the arid landscape. This technique provides the house with a strong thermal envelope, which — along with additional passive cooling strategies such as a green roof and thickened stone walls — boosts energy efficiency. Using the idyllic setting as inspiration for the design, the exterior of the home is clad in a rammed concrete, which gives the exterior a textured, neutral color that blends in with the arid soil. According to the architects, the rammed concrete was part of the structure’s many passive features, which also include a green roof and thick, insulative walls. Related: This breezy, green-roofed home in Singapore embraces nature from all angles “Thermal comfort was one of our biggest concerns, especially in the summer, because it is a region with high temperatures,” the architects explained. “We avoid mechanical systems, because we have a green roof and considerable thick walls.” Although angular in form, the contemporary home manages to subtly and respectfully blend in with its surroundings. Using the rolling topography to their advantage, the architects created a main open-air corridor that weaves through the structure, leading to the interior living space as well as various cutouts that frame the incredible views. Throughout the interior, the home’s walls and ceilings are also made out of concrete , but in a polished version. Locally-sourced marble was used for the flooring, and the design is enhanced with brass features on the interior doors. The Cottage House is actually part of a bigger plan that is set to be built on the same site, including a garage and a swimming pool. The design of the home, as well as the remaining buildings, was almost entirely inspired by the surrounding landscape, which is characterized by protected stone pine, olive and  cork  trees. The sloped land at its highest point provides a stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean. + Atelier 1111 Photography by Nuno Pinto via Atelier 1111

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Activists Put Rana Plaza Victims On Display at New York Fashion Week

February 16, 2014 by  
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The glitz and glamour of New York Fashion week was interrupted by grim images depicting the reality of the fast fashion industry this week. Labor activists forced designers and fans to acknowledge their contribution to the suffering of those who were killed or injured by the Rana Plaza disaster in Bangladesh. Labor activists were able to beam the faces of  Rana Plaza’s  victims onto the exterior of Lincoln Center during  New York Fashion Week . Protestors also marched upon The Children’s Place, one of several retailers that have failed to compensate victims of the disaster. Learn more about the protest and get and update on Rana Plaza by following the link below. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cost of fashion , fair-trade fashion , fashion victims , fast fashion , labor activists , new york fashion week , Rana Plaza disaster , Rana Plaza victims        

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Rojkind Arquitectos’ Tori Tori Restaurant has a Green Wall and a Funky Organic Facade

July 26, 2012 by  
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Read the rest of Rojkind Arquitectos’ Tori Tori Restaurant has a Green Wall and a Funky Organic Facade Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “good design” , “green furniture” , “green wall” , “sustainable architecture” , Design , entrance , exterior , geometric facade , green architecture , Green Building , interior view , Ivy , japanese elements , modern , modern furniture , sake bar , Skin , skylight , vertical garden

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World’s Largest Commercial Bamboo Building

December 16, 2011 by  
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Bamboo is considered a green building material, but it is most often found as an adjunct within larger construction using other materials. Recently, however, an entire chocolate factory has been built in Indonesia as the world’s largest commercial bamboo structure . The 26,500 square foot (2,460 square meter) facility handles the entire range of operations, from initial processing the beans to final production of chocolate, what they call “beans to bars.” The Big Tree Farms factory , located in Sibang, Bali, not only has the exterior built from bamboo, but bamboo was also used for interior walls, which were made from woven bamboo strips, and stairs which used bamboo plywood for treads. The bamboo was treated with borax for fire-prevention and boric acid to resist insects, and a food-grade coating was applied to interior walls. What makes bamboo an especially green building material is that it is fast-growing, making it a rapidly renewable resource that doesn’t devastate the landscape when it is harvested. Bamboo is strong enough to compare with mild steel in some applications. It is regularly used for construction scaffolding throughout southeast Asia. via: Architect magazine

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Ask Pablo: Refrigerator Water Dispenser or Refrigerated Bottles?

November 9, 2009 by  
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Image Source: Alex Muse Dear Pablo: We drink a great deal of water all day long and wondered which uses more energy: opening the refrigerator door to get a bottle of cold water or using the water dispenser on the exterior of the unit. Also, does it take more energy to get ice from the mechanical dispenser (which also uses energy to make ice) or more by opening and closing the freezer door to get some cubes? The big picture answer is that it probably doesn’t matter.

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Choose a Name for Vancouver’s Baby Beluga Whale, Quickly

November 9, 2009 by  
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Image from Vancouver Aquarium Veteran (as in since 2007) readers of TreeHugger may remember the earth-shattering and controversial competition to name Greenpeace’s humpback whale . Mr. Splashy Pants was voted the most popular choice

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