Century-old Iowa warehouse is transformed into LEED Platinum offices

August 13, 2018 by  
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Des Moines-based Neumann Monson Architects has breathed new life into a historic industrial warehouse in Iowa by transforming the 117-year-old building into LEED Platinum multi-tenant offices. Commissioned by Blackbird Investments, this eco-friendly renovation not only involved salvaging and reusing original elements in the century-old building, but also inserting energy efficient systems including a combination of geothermal and solar that have helped the project achieve net-zero energy certification. Dubbed Market One, the thoughtfully restored structure has sparked greater revitalization in the surrounding industrial neighborhood and is the state’s first commercial building to produce more energy than it consumes. Completed in 2015, Market One comprises 55,000 square feet of renovated warehouse space in addition to 1,887 square feet of added construction. Originally built in 1901 as the offices and manufacturing center for the Advance-Rumely Thresher Company, the warehouse comprises three main floors as well as a basement. While renovating the building, Neumann Monson Architects also added a rooftop office and deck. The block immediately east of the building was converted into a surface parking lot with an overhead photovoltaic canopy. Related: LEED Platinum housing for the homeless takes over a formerly vacant L.A. lot “The project achieves a rich, nuanced dialogue between new and old,” Neumann Monson Architects said. “In some locations, the two are carefully delineated. In others, modern interventions blend in and take a backseat to historic character. Throughout the building, transparency and compatible finishes allow space to flow freely. To maintain the large volumes’ spatial continuity, the design locates new enclosed areas at the building’s core and terminates their walls well below the ceiling plane. Extensive glass and polycarbonate interior partitions allow light penetration deep into the building and maintain open visual connection throughout each floor level.” Local, sustainable and durable materials were used throughout Market One. A planned green belt and pedestrian trail will soon be added to the north of the building and a new Amtrak station will also be added in the future. + Neumann Monson Architects Via Dezeen Images via Cameron Campbell

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This modular family home has its own indoor pond

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When a young family shops for a home , they often want a simple floor plan and open spaces for kids to play and for parents to relax and entertain. This low-profile home, designed by Adolfo Mondejar Arquitectos and located in an outer neighborhood of Cordoba, Spain , is logically configured and easily adaptable to the ever-evolving requirements of a family over the years. The design caters to the natural sunlight and cool breezes of the area, with windows all around and a spacious yard, decks, and balconies for fun and play. The home connects to the surrounding outdoor spaces, which are are wide open and ideal for residents who want to experience the environment, whether through bike riding, picnicking or simply taking a stroll. Related: This striking, bright-red modular home connects to its surroundings through contrast The interior flows from one space to the next, with long hallways flanked with bedrooms and bathrooms. Playful colors and names on the bathroom doors add whimsy and and a personal touch to the atmosphere. Rich brown paneling in the hallways gives the interior a warm, inviting feeling. A large terrace at the top of the staircase, built from two concrete walls and topped with a rustic slab of exposed concrete , provides an ideal venue for large parties as well as small family gatherings. Walls covered with quebracho wood add warmth to bathrooms and pivotal use spaces. All the rooms are comprised of an aesthetically balanced combination of wood , concrete and glass, with smooth, finished concrete floors. The home relies on sunlight for natural heat and daily breezes to cool it down . In a unique twist, the minimalist home includes a pond in the master bedroom, which further brings the outdoors in and promotes feelings of peace and tranquility. A particularly sunny spot in the living room has vines sprawling in all directions, another feature that gives the home a feel of nature, energy, life and sustenance. + Adolfo Mondejar – Estudio de Arquitectos Images by Gonzalo Viramonte

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One Planet Communities: The Earth’s Greenest Neighborhoods

August 28, 2014 by  
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Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished

December 4, 2012 by  
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The iconic ‘nail house’ —whose owners stood firm as redevelopment swallowed up surrounding residences—has been demolished. Located in China’s Zhejiang Province, the home quickly became a striking—and slightly absurd—symbol of the struggle between homeowners and the state when Luo Baogen refused to sell his home, and the government subsequently constructed a road around it. As had been anticipated, the state cut utilities to the home, and Baogen reportedly accepted a buyout before the property was hastily knocked to the ground. Read the rest of Nail House: Chinese Home That Stood In Center of New Highway is Demolished Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , city redevelopment , green development , house in road , infrastructure building , luo baogen , nail house , road built around house , sustainable design , urban development , Urban Redevelopment , Zhejiang province

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Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment

November 27, 2012 by  
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This single house is all that’s left of a neighborhood in Zhejiang Province , China that was demolished to make room for new urban development . The house, a dwelling owned by redevelopment resister Luo Baogen and his wife, has been completely encircled by a new street that leads to a railway station near the city of Wenling. Households such as this one that stand up to developers are dubbed “nail houses”, as their owners refuse to be “hammered down”. Read the rest of Nail House: China Builds a Road Around a Single Home That Stood Strong Against Urban Redevelopment Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: china , city redevelopment , green development , infrastructure building , nail house , sustainable design , urban development

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Artist Damien Hirst Unveils Plans to Build 500 Eco-Homes in UK

February 17, 2012 by  
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Damien Hirst is perhaps best known as an extraordinarily provocative, sometimes playful artist who makes an incredible amount of money from his conceptual art — in a surprising shift, he now aims to channel some of that wealth into a new role as a pioneer in eco-housing development . Hirst, who is purported to have a horror of “anonymous, lifeless buildings,” has unveiled plans to construct over 500 eco-homes in an effort to revitalize his adopted hometown of Ifracombe in Devon, UK. The proposed homes include renewable energy solutions such as concealed wind turbines in their roofs and photovoltaic solar panels . Read the rest of Artist Damien Hirst Unveils Plans to Build 500 Eco-Homes in UK Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: community development , community revitalization , Damien Hirst , Eco Architecture , eco design , eco homes , green development , green housing , ilfracombe devon , Mike Rundell , photovoltaic solar panels

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One Loudon Place: A New Sustainable Mixed Use Community in DC

March 31, 2011 by  
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Sitting on 359 acres, One Loudon is a master-planned community in Loudon County, Virginia featuring 150-acres of public land and miles of walking trails.

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Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

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NewActon Apartments Aim to Be the Greenest in Australia

February 8, 2010 by  
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NewActon Nishi is a new apartment complex in the middle of Canberra that is aiming to be Australia’s greenest residential development . But don’t go thinking that this will be a boring ‘green building’. NewActon Nishi will feature a sexy minimalist aesthetic in addition to some exciting eco-conscious features.

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