A 1920s cottage gets a new lease on life as an urban barnyard house

April 12, 2019 by  
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When a family of four outgrew their 1920s cottage in Melbourne and were about to embark on an extensive renovation, they asked Australian design studio Inbetween Architecture for a second opinion on the blueprints. Impressed by the consultation, the clients ended up scrapping their plans and instead put their faith in Inbetween Architecture to lead the redesign, one which would be more sensitive to the family’s lifestyle — and their chickens and honey bees. Affectionately called the “Urban Barnyard House,” the renovated and expanded residence combines rustic influences with contemporary elements into a comfortable home for the family and their beloved animals. Before expanding the original house, a two-bedroom Edwardian weatherboard cottage, the architects first sat down with the family to understand their daily routines and needs so as to create a responsive and flexible design solution. The clients’ answers informed the layout of the Urban Barnyard House. For example, the kitchen is placed in the heart of the home and the dining area is located to the east to take advantage of morning light as well as the embrace of indoor-outdoor living . The existing building was reconfigured to house three bedrooms and a new entry hall while the communal areas were relocated to the new rear extension. To minimize the time the family had to spend outside the home during renovation and construction, the architects built the extension with simple construction and a truss roof and also added a small “link” space that serves as a transition zone from the existing structure to the new building. An outdoor deck was inserted between the new extension and an existing timber shed in the south side of the property. Large windows and a natural materials palette tie the house to the landscape, which includes a productive urban backyard for beekeeping and raising chickens. Related: Modern farmhouse-inspired dwelling in Melbourne is largely self-sufficient “Free and easy indoor-outdoor living (and a productive urban backyard!) suggested that while the home needed to be robust, there was an element of playfulness that could be accommodated,” said the architects, who designed the home with humans and animals in mind. “The contemporary extension sits comfortably within its more traditional context. Sentimental elements of the original house, such as the fireplace bricks, solid timber paneled doors and a stained glass window, were salvaged and reused in new locations.” + Inbetween Architecture Via ArchDaily Photography by Nic Granleese via Inbetween Architecture

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Sono Architects’ Mountain-View House boasts stunning views of the Austrian Alps

June 9, 2015 by  
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Don’t mess with Roger, the muscle-bound kangaroo who can crush metal with his bare hands

June 9, 2015 by  
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When someone mentions kangaroos, an impressive set of pecs and six-pack abs are not usually the first things that spring to mind. But that’s just what has made Roger, a red kangaroo who lives at The Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, Australia , famous. He’s six-and-a-half feet tall, weighs almost 200 pounds, and his chest is a rippling mass of muscle that would make any gym rat jealous. Roger’s hobbies include kickboxing and crushing metal pails, but he has a sensitive side, too. He’s sometimes seen cuddling a stuffed toy rabbit. Read the rest of Don’t mess with Roger, the muscle-bound kangaroo who can crush metal with his bare hands Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Alice Springs , animal memes , Animals , australia , Brolga , famous animals , kangaroo dundee , kangaroo sanctuary , kangaroos , roger kangaroo

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A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest

June 9, 2015 by  
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Technology has brought the reality of deforestation in the Amazon into a whole new light: Images from the Landsat satellites have provided us a look at the sheer scale of the devastation there and Google has created a time lapse video of 40 years of destruction in the region. Now, those working to preserve the region’s diverse ecosystem have turned to drones to help stop illegal logging and mining activities. Using $5000 dollar wing drones, custom designed by a Wake Forest University graduate student, the Amazon Basin Conservation Association in Peru is catching deforestation as it happens—giving them a greater shot at stopping loggers in their tracks. Read the rest of A student-designed drone is hunting illegal loggers in the Amazon Rainforest Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: amazon conservation , amazon rainforest , deforestation , drones amazon , drones conservation , environmental destruction , illegal logging , illegal mining , los amigos , uavs , wake forest

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Floating gold roof tops BIG’s proposal for a new transportation hub in Västerås

June 9, 2015 by  
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