This may be the world’s coolest kindergarten

June 9, 2017 by  
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Who knew that the world’s coolest kindergarten is located in Sydney, Australia? Designed by PAL Design , NUBO is a beautiful space strategically designed to give children the ultimate in “pure play” while managing to keep the space pleasantly clutter-free. The 820-square-foot  kindergarten is open and bright, thanks to a wall of large glass windows and plenty of storage space . The interior design focused on creating a fun and flexible space that is stimulating, but clutter-free to provide ample space to encourage creative and energetic play. According to the architects, the area is especially “suited for children in their various stages of learning to safely and explore the entire space, the overall design takes a minimalist approach to remove unnecessary furniture and equipment – with just enough to invent their own games.” Related: This timber kindergarten is embedded into the hills of a small Northern Italian village The interior layout is designed to be ultra kid-friendly with designated activity areas including an extensive children’s library with reading nooks, a building block room, and numerous toys for all ages. The space even has a kitchen area that lets budding chefs concoct a range of healthy dishes. And for those times when you just have to move, there’s an active area that encourages kids to run, slide, climb and hide. + PAL Design Via Arch Daily Photograph by Michelle Young, Amy Piddington

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Australia’s amazing Upcycle House is made from the ruins of an old home

June 9, 2017 by  
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Australian architecture firm Alexander Symes has given an old building a new lease on life by repurposing its materials into a beautiful new home. Although the old structure was completely demolished, the architect – inspired by a “closed-loop zero-waste” ethos – decided to rescue the materials and implement them in the a house. Located in Blackheath, Australia, the 1,100-square-foot Upcycle House is a three-bedroom, two-bath family home with a large living area. The design team worked on the philosophy of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and if it is broke, fix it” to sustainably build out the home’s exterior and interior with upcycled materials . Related: Lendager Arkitekter Unveils Incredible House Made Entirely From Recycled Materials The home is reinforced with insulated brick, and a solar pergola installed over the entrance pulls double duty as a sun shade and energy generator. Repurposed railway sleepers were used to create a walkway to the home’s sculptural entrance, where unique tile work gives the impression of an open, broken gap in the wall. The home’s interior is heavily influenced by Scandinavian design with clean simple spaces with a touch of whimsy throughout. The layout was strategically optimized to take advantage of the building’s East-West orientation, which gives the home optimal daylight, and reduces energy consumption . The living space floors feature colorful recycled tile mosaics that contrast nicely with the all-white walls. Ample bookshelves and hidden storage areas help residents avoid clutter. + Alexander Symes Architect Photography by Barton Taylor

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Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

July 7, 2015 by  
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With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, however, is notable not for its excess, but for its attention to sustainable construction and maintenance practices. EcoWorld Development Sdn. Bhd. has released details about the project, which will be composed of three residential towers and a building named The Centre, referred to as “the green heart” of the construction. Read the rest of Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: composting , Daylighting , eco friendly architecture , ecosky , kuala lampur , low concrete usage index , luxury apartments , Malaysia architecture , rainwater collection , Sustainable Building

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Foster + Partners’ 250 City Road Towers are the UK’s most bike-friendly high-rises

February 3, 2015 by  
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Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass!

May 15, 2014 by  
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Nearly one billion birds die from collisions with glass buildings every year, but now scientists have finally developed glass panels with vertical stripes that birds can see. Ornilux panels are particularly effective thanks to their patterned, ultraviolet reflective coating. Albeit invisible to humans, birds can see the panels as they fly by and are therefore less likely to fly into them. Read the rest of Scientists Finally Create Bird-Friendly Glass! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: American Bird Conservancy , arnold glas , bird protection , Bird-Friendly Architecture , bird-friendly design , Bird-Friendly glass , deadly glass birds , glass birds , ORNILUX Bird Protection Glass , save birds

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