Glowing see-through garden house lets plants soak up the sun

May 31, 2017 by  
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Sometimes less really is more. This beautiful glowing home by H.a Architects was inspired by just one thing – lush greenery. Located in Ho Chi Minh City , the Less Home is clad in perforated white metal that lets in optimal natural light for the abundant vegetation that weaves throughout the interior. The home’s two-story tower design had to be strategic to make the most out of the small plot of land where the building stands. The compact space, which currently houses a family of seven, led the architects to create a flexible interior layout. Composed of various moveable partition s, the system allows the family to customize different layouts throughout the lifetime of the home. Related: Renovated Vietnamese home ‘sewn’ together with intricate steel threads On the interior, the design is minimalist in terms of furniture and decoration, instead using lush vegetation as the foremost design feature. Inspired by the surrounding tropical environment, the designers wanted to pull the exterior inside as much as possible. As a result, various trees and garden pockets are distributed throughout the home, creating a healthy, vibrant greenhouse feel. The home’s perforated white cladding helps feed the vegetation, which in return, provides clean breathing environment for the family, something especially important in a city known for its urban pollution . Via Archdaily Photography by Quang Dam  

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Solar-powered Villa Schoorl blends into Hollands polder landscape

May 31, 2017 by  
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Natural materials and sustainable principles led the design of Villa Schoorl, a contemporary home nestled in the green polders near the North Holland dunes. Surrounded by mills and farmhouses, the contemporary villa references the local rural vernacular with its vertical timber cladding but distinguishes itself using an eyecatching sawtooth roof. Designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects , the energy-efficient dwelling is predominately powered by rooftop solar panels. The Villa Schoorl was mostly built with natural materials to blend the building into the landscape as much as possible. “It was essential to design a villa which in its appearance and its materials is in sync with this context,” said the firm, which clad the home in untreated timber to match the nearby forests. The majority of the villa is tucked underground to further minimize its visual effect on the landscape. Despite its partially subterranean design, Villa Schoorl is flooded with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling glazing, skylights, and a central glass atrium . Bedrooms, a hobby room, yoga room, and bathroom are located underground. An open-plan living area, dining room, and kitchen are placed aboveground and surrounded by sliding glass doors that can be shielded with vertical folding elements for privacy and solar shading. Homeowners also have access to a covered terrace on the south end. Related: Solar-powered luxury villa is an energy-neutral gem set in a Dutch dune landscape Rooftop solar panels are mounted on the southernmost part of the sloped roof and the renewable energy harnessed provide a major part of the home’s energy supply. A wood stove connected to central heating helps to heat the home efficiently in winter. + Paul de Ruiter Architects Images by Tim Van de Velde

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idA’s Greenhouse Botanical Garden Grueningen is a Parametrically Designed Artificial Forest in Switzerland

July 9, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of idA’s Greenhouse Botanical Garden Grueningen is a Parametrically Designed Artificial Forest in Switzerland Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , botanical garden design , forest-like design , greenhouse , greenhouse design , Grueningen Botanical Garden , idA Buerher Wuest Architekten , idA pavilion , pavilions , Switzerland architecture , Voronoi , Voronoi diagram , Zurich architecture

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Bucharest’s EFdeN Modular Home Is Part Home, Part Greenhouse

July 8, 2014 by  
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The Viriditas Greenhouse Offers a Sacred Place for Plants to be Worshipped

October 21, 2013 by  
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Indoor Eden, aka the Viriditas Greenhouse, is based on the book The Secret Life of Plants , which describes how plants respond to factors such as attention and music. When conditions are optimal, plants produce more and better fruit. It is also shown that humans experience less stress when connected with nature. From this came the idea for the ’Viriditas Greenhouse’, a sacred place where plants are worshiped and man can unwind and reflect. The greenhouse is a design by Anouk van der Poll , lushly enriched by Betül Canbaz who developed an interior concept where nature is brought inside through design and objects. In both the greenhouse and the adjacent showroom, all senses are addressed. It’s the only Garden of Eden where you can stay as long as you like. + Anouk van der Poll 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: Anouk van der Poll , Betül Canbaz , green interiors , greenhouse design , Indoor Eden , The Secret Life of Plants , Viriditas Greenhouse        

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German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes

October 21, 2013 by  
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Scientists from the Thueringian Regional Institute for Agriculture, the German Biomass Research Center , and the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research have concluded that common straw could be used to provide power and heat to millions of homes throughout Germany. The team estimate that out of a total of 30 million tons of cereal straw produced annually in Germany, between 8 and 13 million tons could be used to produce energy or fuel. This would provide 1.7 to 2.8 million average households with electricity and 2.8 to 4.5 million households with heating. Read the rest of German Scientists Believe Straw Could be Used to Power Millions of Homes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , biomass , Denmark , EU , German biomass research center , germany , Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research , renewable energy , Straw , Thueringian regional institute for agriculture        

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Orkidstudio’s 10 Handpicked UK Students Build a Zambian Community Center in Just Seven Weeks

October 21, 2013 by  
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Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge

September 3, 2013 by  
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With the landing of the Mars Rover , many feel we’re closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony – but there’s still the question of how to sustain humans on a dead planet. Fortunately, a group of Greek students have come up with a deployable greenhouse that could feed Mars settlers (assuming we could get them there in the first place). The project (called “ Popeye on Mars “) has been named a winner in the NASA International Space Apps Challenge , a competition that seeks to engage thousands of people around the world in space exploration. Capable of producing fresh spinach in just 45 days, the dome-shaped aeroponic growing system could be used for pre-deployment on a space mission to the Moon or Mars. Read the rest of Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aeroponics , astronauts , food , Gardening , greenhouse design , mars , nasa , popeye , space travel , student design        

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