Glowing glass lantern turns this energy-efficient office into a beacon

March 13, 2018 by  
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Abscis Architecten completed Notary Office, a new office building that exudes simplicity and tranquility with a environmentally conscious footprint. Located along Ghent’s Kortrijksesteenweg in Sint-Denijs-Westrem, the well-insulated brick building harnesses renewable energy and makes careful use of resources, including rainwater that’s partly absorbed by green roofs and partly recovered for toilets and irrigation. While these sustainable features are modestly tucked away from view, there is one feature that catches the eye: a large glazed wall at the top of the building that glows like a glass “lantern” and beacon at night. Minimalism, transparency, and a minimal environmental impact were key drivers in the design of Notary Office. In contrast to the dark facade, the interiors are dominated by white and awash in natural light that streams in through full-height glazing. The ground floor is centered on a glass-enclosed atrium that’s exposed to the outdoors and landscaped with ground cover and stepping-stones. The connection to the outdoors is further emphasized in the rear of the building where sliding glass doors open up to a landscaped garden with old trees that were carefully preserved during the construction process. Related: Green-roofed office is the first large-scale CLT structure in southeast Europe Natural light is also let in at the top of the stairs through a large glass window dubbed the glass “lantern” that the architects say “forms a minimalist light beacon along the busy road.” To mitigate unwanted solar gain, the architects installed electronically controlled aluminum solar shades . An air-water heat pump heats and cools the building. Warm LEDs and sustainable insulation is used throughout the office. + Abscis Architecten Via ArchDaily Images © Jeroen Verrecht

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Bomastraat: Belgian Warehouse Home Shelters Three Shipping Containers Inside

June 20, 2014 by  
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Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave

June 20, 2014 by  
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Love caves? Love trampolines? Now you can combine the two in one riveting experience. Adventure company Bounce Below installed three giant trampolines inside the sprawling belly of Llechwedd Slate Caverns for visitors to bounce on. The trampolines are safely suspended from the cave walls and ceilings, and a host of vibrant LED lights illuminate the subterranean playground. Read the rest of Bounce Below Suspends Three Massive Trampolines Deep Inside a North Wales Cave Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bounce Below , Caves north wales , eco design , green design , Llechwedd Slate caverns , sustainable design , trampoline in a cavern , Zip World

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Glass and Copper-Clad House VDV Gradually Changes Color in the Belgian Woods

February 11, 2014 by  
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How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2014 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Although some consider Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday”, I think it’s a great opportunity not only to do something special for your loved one but for yourself as well. I would say that assistance with finding love is something many of my feng shui clients ask for. Whether it’s finding new love or supporting existing love —it’s true that love makes the world go round! Here are a few feng shui tips to facilitate love for Valentine’s Day . Read the rest of How to Find Love Using Feng Shui This Valentine’s Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: basics of feng shui , feng shui , feng shui 101 , feng shui and romance , feng shui lessons , feng shui tips , feng shui to find love , feng shui valentine’s day , feng shui your bedroom , love and feng shui        

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Rotor Transforms Ghent’s Industrial Grindbakken Pits Into a Cutting Edge Art Space

October 29, 2012 by  
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‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity

June 7, 2012 by  
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Japanese designer Satoshi Umeno has created a beautiful wooden air purifier that looks like a miniature house. Dubbed the Chikuno Cube + House , the design consists of an all-natural wood base and a honeycomb cube of bamboo charcoal that cleans the air and freshens your home without the use of chemicals or electricity. Read the rest of ‘Chikuno Cube + House’ Charcoal Filter Cleans the Air Without Chemicals or Electricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: charcoal purifier , Chikuno Cube + House , green gadgets , household items , interior design , natural deodorizer , natural design , Satoshi Umeno , sustainable design

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Former School Bus Converted Into a Thriving Mobile Urban Garden

June 7, 2012 by  
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Here at Inhabitat we love finding urban gardens flourishing in the most unlikely places, like this brilliant school bus turned mobile greenhouse! The Green Urban Lunch Box is a 35-foot bus in Salt Lake City no longer making the rounds on the schoolbus circuit. Now, it has the much more exciting task of teaching kids and adults about the amazing scientific, agricultural and social aspects of growing food in urban environments . The bus keeps busy touring local community events and farmers’ markets, boasting a team that dishes all the dirt on gardening while handing out seeds as they go! Read the rest of Former School Bus Converted Into a Thriving Mobile Urban Garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aquaponics , bus field , community gardening , eco gardening , green design , green urban lunch box , mobile garden , Solar Power , sustainable design , Urban Farming , urban gardening

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Beautiful House Bernheimbeuk is Wrapped Around a Single Tree in Belgium

April 24, 2012 by  
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Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System

April 24, 2012 by  
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Tesla may be best known for exceptionally good-looking electric sports cars , but their role in the automotive industry has honed their skills in battery-making too . Now, the company is teaming up with solar rental company SolarCity , and the pair is set to apply their battery know-how to create a complete off-the-grid kit for home solar power storage. The partnership could provide an easy (though potentially costly) way to overcome a long-standing problem : almost all solar systems are tied to and somewhat dependent on an electric grid. When the grid is off, the solar panels are out, and when the sun is off, there’s no solar power stored and you’re back on the electrical grid. And if both are out, you’re completely in the dark. But Tesla and SolarCity’s new off-the-shelf lithium-ion battery pack could just solve that once and for all. Read the rest of Tesla and SolarCity Team Up to Create New Off-the-Grid Solar Power Storage System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , alternative energy , california incentive , elon musk , energy tax , lithium ion battery , off the grid , peter rive , solar battery , Solar Power , solar storage , solarcity panel , tesla battery , tesla electric , tesla solarcity

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