Uninspired basement reborn as a chic and light-filled bistro

May 9, 2018 by  
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A poorly lit basement space has undergone a tremendous transformation at the hands of Italian design firm Studio DiDeA . Now home to Palermo’s trendy bistro Cento61, the renovated space combines natural lighting and greenery with eye-catching materials to bring attention to a venue tucked below ground in an early twentieth century building. Formerly an old restaurant with no character to speak of, the site includes a 1,400-square-foot interior that opens up to a large external courtyard . According to Studio DiDeA, the client asked for “a special place with an informal atmosphere that could become a meeting place for Palermo’s people to eat, drink, share and coming back”. To create an airy and attractive atmosphere, the designers brought the outdoors in with potted plants that hang from the ceiling and a color palette that evokes the sky with different shades of blue. Related: HHF Architects’ renovated a group of crumbling buildings to help revitalize an entire neighborhood A white iron grid used in the interior and exterior tie the two spaces together. Inside, the white grid also forms a neutral backdrop for a variety of materials that include timber durmast panels, Calacatta marble , and Niagara blue inserts. “The result is geometric-patterned wall surfaces that match the cobalt-blue sofas and the light blue and yellow colored chairs, adding vibrancy and a sense of playfulness to the otherwise simple space,” wrote the architects. The outdoor dining area—which, like the interior, seats 40—was designed around a 200-year-old Cycas plant and is outfitted with vibrant yellow and blue wire chairs. + Studio DiDeA Images via Studio DiDeA

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Solar SILO home uses light to feel much larger than its actual size

October 9, 2017 by  
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Daylight, fresh air, and greenery fill this self-sufficient solar home that feels much larger than its actual size. Students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology designed this net-zero dwelling, named SILO, short for ‘Smart Innovative Living Oasis.’ Inspired by farmhouse architecture, SILO blends a rustic aesthetic with cutting-edge technology to create a homey and completely automated dwelling that ensures stress-free comfort year-round. Home automation is at the heart of SILO. From the HVAC system to lighting, these engineered systems work in tandem to create a comfortable and energy-efficient living space. An energy monitoring system sends feedback to the central control system to improve efficiency and includes the ability to sell excess energy generated by the 8.5-kW rooftop solar array back to the grid. The homeowner can also control all of the home’s systems manually via smartphone or voice commands. Related: The Nest home is a solar-powered prefab made from recycled shipping containers SILO features a flexible open-floor plan that emphasizes views of the outdoors and access to natural light. The light-filled home feels much larger than its actual size thanks to a high-ceiling living area and glazing that wraps both ends of the home. A graywater system feeds into a beautiful water wall, while treated water is reused for irrigation of non-edible landscaping such as the movable green wall. A clay plaster made partly with recycled materials was used as wall paint and boasts air-purifying and humidity-regulating benefits. SILO was designed and built for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 and will return to Missouri to be part of the university’s eco-village after the competition. + Solar Decathlon Images by Mike Chino

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Jean Nouvel’s Cyprus tower is a pixelated, perforated plant paradise

March 16, 2016 by  
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Terapia Urbana’s Vertical Garden Brightens a Seville Hospital with 40 Species of Lush Greenery

October 23, 2012 by  
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Terapia Urbana , a company founded by architects and engineers at the University of Seville has installed this beautiful vertical garden at the USP Sagrado Corazón Clinic in Spain. The first vertical garden to be installed in a hospital center in Europe, the wall features a high-tech system that controls the garden with pH, temperature and humidity probes. The design includes more than 1,400 plants from some 40 species, and it’s inspired by Burle Marx ‘s “Hanging Garden.” + Terapia Urbana The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “green wall” , architecture garden , Landscape Architecture , seville spain , terapia urbana , university of seville , urban gardening , vertical garden

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Isay Weinfeld’s Light-Filled Grecia House in São Paulo Has Blooming Vegetation Inside

June 19, 2012 by  
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Groundbreaking Park Royal Tower is Draped with Curtains of Greenery in Singapore

March 28, 2012 by  
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NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain

December 19, 2011 by  
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Even though trains are considered more eco-friendly than a pile of people driving their own cars, let’s face it, they aren’t exactly the freshest green places to hang out. So Vittori Lab and a handful of other designers got together and designed the AirTrain, which uses NASA-patented technology to enhance the ability of certain plants to absorb carbon dioxide emissions and release oxygen to augment the train’s air quality. Check out a video of the green train after the jump. Read the rest of NASA-Patented Technology Purifies Vittori Lab’s Greenery-Filled AirTrain Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air filter , air purifier , AirTrain , carbon dioxide , eco design , green design , green transportation , greenery , NASA-patented technology , oxygen , plants , public transportation , rainwater harvesting , sustainable design , Vittori Lab

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Extraordinary 28 Storey Kowloon Office Tower in China Has a Bushy Greenery-Lined Carpark!

November 4, 2011 by  
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Philips Unveils Sexy Urban Beehive Concept

November 4, 2011 by  
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Philips’ just unveiled a new concept for an urban beehive that would allow anyone to become an amateur bee keeper – even those who live in apartments with no backyards. The pod-like hive attaches to a hole cut into a pane of glass. Once affixed, the glass covered pod on the inside of the window would allow you to peer into the hive while the white entryway on the outside would allow the bees the freedom come and go. Best of all, with the pull of a small cord you can have all of the fresh honey your heart desires. Read the rest of Philips Unveils Sexy Urban Beehive Concept Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bee keeper , bee keeping , bee keeping equipment , bee problems , beehive , how to keep a beehive , Philips , philips bee keeper gadget , philips beekeeper , urban beehive , urban bees

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The Rubber House is a Prefab Home Made from Secondhand Materials in The Netherlands

November 4, 2011 by  
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