Beautiful eco-friendly living room pops up in downtown Kenmore

February 26, 2018 by  
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A “symbolic living room” with a sustainable approach has sprung up in the heart of downtown Kenmore, Washington. Opened last year, the Kenmore Town Square shows how investment in public spaces can transform a town’s reputation and improve livability. Graham Baba Architects designed the Town Square’s focal point, the $4.5 million Hangar building, which also meets the 2030 Challenge that advocates for carbon-neutral buildings. Located a few miles north of Seattle , Kenmore is shedding its image of suburban sprawl for one that embraces greater livability and pedestrian access in its downtown core. Created as part of an ambitious downtown redevelopment plan, the 24,000-square-foot Town Square and the Hangar inject vibrancy to the city core, attracting residents and visitors with diverse programming as well as active and passive spaces. Hewitt Landscape Architects served as the prime consultant and project landscape architect. The addition of the pavilion -like Hangar promotes year-round and all-weather enjoyment of the Town Square and opens up to the surroundings via a 24-foot-wide by 16-foot-tall bi-fold window wall. Wrapped in structural insulated panels , the building is built of durable and low-maintenance materials from its steel structural beams and columns to a standing seam metal roof. A deep roof overhang shields visitors from the sun and rain. Related: Chophouse Row mixes modern and vintage in a trendy Seattle pedestrian haven The Hangar interior features a series of flexible assembly spaces that can be rearranged with partitions. The polished concrete floor is installed with radiant floor heating and, in addition to operable window walls and large fans, provide a comfortable indoor temperature year-round. The Hangar also meets the 2030 Challenge based on the Total Project Energy Use Index (EUI) for when the project was designed (2015) and achieves a 79% reduction in CO2 emissions as compared to the typical U.S. building of the same type and size. + Graham Baba Architects Images by Andrew Pogue

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The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan

February 14, 2012 by  
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A couple of Finnish artists embarked on a project to create a poetic public art installation called Bird Hangar that uses the wind to spread seeds across Japan. Unveiled at a past edition of the Yokohama Triennial , Casagrande & Rintala ‘s sculptural cone was built with a steel frame and wrapped in a biodegradable, fast-growing hemp rope. The idea at the heart of the project consists of releasing meteorological balloons with attached balsa wood birds that contain five seeds of basic Japanese vegetables, ready to be distributed across the country. Read the rest of The Bird Hangar: A Poetic Public Installation Designed for Blowing Vegetable Seeds Around Japan Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , balloons , Bird Hangar , Casagrande & Rintala , Finnish Art , Finnish design , green materials , Japan , latex balloons , public installation , spreading seeds , Sustainable Materials , Urban design , Yokohama Triennial in Japan

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Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort

September 4, 2011 by  
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This supermassive hangar once housed gigantic airships , and now it has been given a second life as an indoor tropical resort that holds the world’s largest indoor pool and water park. Located in the countryside between Dresden and Berlin, the building was modified to bring in lots of sunlight and the huge doors were welded shut to keep in the heat — even during the snowy German winter. Inside, a small oceanside village gives visitors a tropical escape. Read the rest of Gigantic Airship Hangar Transformed Into Tropical Island Resort Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Airship hangar transformed into water park , airship hangar water park , german water park , greman water park , indoor tropical forest , massive retrofit , Tropical Island Resort , world largest building , worlds largest water park , worlds larget indoor pool

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