Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home

October 26, 2017 by  
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Yacht construction and house building fabulously come together in this conversion project that turned a 1957 cargo ship into a modern  floating home in Amsterdam. Dutch studio ANA architecten redesigned the structure for a client who wanted to live on the water and enjoy expansive views of Amsterdam’s canals without giving up the comforts of a traditional home. The architects shortened the ship to fit the water plot and made sure that the interior has enough space to house a modern home. Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors. One of the most important elements is the terrace that sits in the middle of the double-height space. Windows in the wheelhouse, portoles and the patio that leads onto the terrace provide ample natural light. Related: Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home The master bedroom functions as an independent living space and includes a pantry, bathroom, toilet and a sitting area. The kitchen sits at the core of the ship and provides a direct connection to the main living area. The wheelhouse acts as an alternative living room, which fits the overall concept of creating several seating areas throughout the interior. Related: Experimental floating office takes over a converted WWII barge The architects replaced the existing aluminum and single-glass windows with handmade mahogany frames and double glazing. An air-water heat pump extracts heat from the air and heats the ship through low-temperature floor heating. Photovoltaic panels can be installed on the roof in order to make the structure more energy-efficient. + ANA architecten

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Beautiful prefab houseboats let you live on the water with a minimal energy footprint

September 28, 2016 by  
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Though Bluefield Houseboats is based in Ireland, the design/build firm delivers worldwide and handles all aspects of the design process, from initial consultation to the final handover. All houseboats are manufactured in a factory before they’re shipped out for on-site assembly. Since the modular houseboats are custom-built with a free spanning structural system, homebuyers can design their own open-plan layout with a variety of spaces from 500 square feet up to 2,000 square feet across one or two stories. The firm promises a high-quality material palette, each certified to BBA, British Standard, Eurocode, or equivalent standards for a minimum 50-year design life. Related: Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable “We aim to offer the same standard of living on the water as on land,” say the designers. “At Bluefield Houseboats our mission is to create high quality, useable space on the water which is accessible to all and maximizes the use of modern technology to explore sites which have previously been inaccessible.” The bespoke houseboats abide by the classifications for both a land-based building and a water-based vessel. To minimize energy usage, the homes incorporate passive design principles to take advantage of natural heating, cooling, and ventilation . A SMART home automation system gives the owner control over energy usage, from appliances to light switches, using a smartphone or tablet. + Bluefield Houseboats Images via Bluefield Houseboats

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9 of the most impressive Living Building Challenge certified projects

September 28, 2016 by  
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Image: Ethan Drinker Photography 1. Smith College Bechtel Environmental Classroom The Bechtel Environmental Classroom, designed by Coldham and Hartman Architects , is a former pastoral observatory transformed into a green learning space in Whatley, Massachusetts. The 2,500-square-foot, single-story building serves as a part of Smith College and sits on 223 acres of pasture and forest , overlooking an old stone dump site. One of the two enclosed areas provides space for biological and environmental science classes and the other, larger area gives plenty of room for humanities seminars and other classes, such as poetry and dance. A drilled well ensures a sustainable water supply and composting toilets give back to the Earth. LED lighting and two solar panels combined ensure a gentle footprint on this peaceful site. Image: Matthew Millman Photography 2. Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab If you are going to teach the next generation how to move forward with alternative energy, the facilities had better reflect the mission. That is just what the Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab ensured with its completely sustainable, net-zero-energy design. Flansburgh Architects are behind the structure, which achieved

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Floating solar-powered Waternest eco-home is nearly 100% recyclable

July 31, 2016 by  
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The 1000-square-foot floating pod-shaped home measures 12 meters in diameter and 4 meters tall. Its curved body is constructed from recycled glued laminated timber and a recycled aluminum hull. The rounded wooden roof is topped by a 60-square-meter photovoltaic array capable of generating 4 kWp. Four skylights flank both sides of the photovoltaic array . Large windows and balconies wrap around the unit to allow users to enjoy views of the water. Related: Waterstudio.nl’s Sea Tree is a Protected Floating Habitat for Flora & Fauna The developers created a “sophisticated system of internal natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning” to classify the building as a “low-consumption residential habitat.” The WaterNest 100 also features a flexible interior design that can be changed to suit different uses. If the owner doesn’t intend to use the unit as a home, the floating ecological pod could easily be reconfigured into an office space, lounge bar, restaurant, shop, or exhibition space. + EcoFloLife + Giancarlo Zema Images via EcoFloLife

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Solar-powered floating home in Portugal generates a year’s worth of energy in just six months

October 20, 2015 by  
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Bloom is an electric kettle that recycles steam for cooking, making it safe for kids to get involved

October 20, 2015 by  
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Add this one to the list of product concepts that we wish would become real things. A “super kettle” called Bloom offers a smart and safe way for kids to get more involved in the kitchen. The invention, which scored its designer the top award in the Electrolux Design Lab this year, is an electric water kettle that makes the most of energy by reusing the steam generated from boiling water. Since the competition’s theme was “Healthy Happy Kids,” Bloom was created as a way to engage kids in food preparation without risk of getting burned on a hot stove or by scorching steam. Read the rest of Bloom is an electric kettle that recycles steam for cooking, making it safe for kids to get involved

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+31 Architects’ tranquil new houseboat is moored on Amsterdam’s Amstel River

October 16, 2015 by  
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Additional lawsuits filed against Monsanto over Roundup’s cancer link

October 16, 2015 by  
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We reported last week about two separate lawsuits filed by individuals, claiming Monsanto ’s Roundup herbicide caused their cancers. This week, a new suit has been filed on behalf of three plaintiffs with similar claims, while attorneys across the country are rounding up potential clients for class action lawsuits against the chemical giant. Surely, some attorneys are motivated by greed, tantalized by Monsanto’s deep pockets. Hopefully, the majority are focused on seeking justice for their clients, many of whom have suffered for decades with conditions they now believe were caused by extended exposure to Roundup’s main ingredient: glyphosate. Read the rest of Additional lawsuits filed against Monsanto over Roundup’s cancer link

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Le Grand Plateau House Peeks Out Elegantly Over Quebec Lake

September 1, 2014 by  
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Atelier SAD’s Modular Port X Home Can Pop Up on Land or Water!

April 1, 2014 by  
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