Air-purifying pavilion uses plants to absorb harmful toxins in Hanoi

April 19, 2017 by  
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A green oasis has popped up in Hanoi , a city choked by smog. Hung Nguyen Architects designed and built the Pavilion of Origins, a greenery-draped structure that uses living plants to purify the air. Set on the terrace of a three-story house in Hanoi, the pavilion is minimal and modern with a simple palette of green leafy plants, white upcycled steed frames, and a light gray pebble floor. Hanoi ranks among the worst in the world for air pollution with traffic congestion blamed as the leading cause. In an attempt to bring a breath of fresh air to the city, Hung Nguyen Architects created a pavilion covered with a wide variety of plants, including the peace lily and snake plant, selected for their air-purifying and decorative qualities. The plants are arranged inside and around a collection of simple white cuboid frames of varying sizes built of upcycled steel. A translucent polycarbonate roof allows natural light to pour through while reducing solar radiation. The white frames and light-colored pebble floor keep the focus on the plants, which grow and spread on multiple levels. White netting on the tops of the larger cuboid frames can be used as hammocks for relaxation. Related: 7 indoor plants that purify the air around you naturally “In Pavilion of the Origins, trees and plants play a role as the main users for the amount of time they spent in this space, while the pavilion owners act as the servants who have the duties to take care of those main users and subsequently be paid in clean, fresh air, as well as experiencing the vivid beauty of the natural origins,” wrote the architects. “This slender structure is just a minimal intervention of human to nature. Architecture, in this sense, acts as a rope to tighten up the interaction and connection between humans and nature.” + Hung Nguyen Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Hung Nguyen Architects

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Innovative recycled ceramic bricks keep this Hanoi house’s interior fresh and clean

November 15, 2016 by  
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The building features an interesting double-skin facade and several voids in its interior. These elements improve the quality of indoor air and work with, not against, the tropical weather conditions of the region. The outer layer is made of recycled ceramic bricks that help purify dust and smoke and suck in fresh air. Related: These LEGO-like recycled plastic bricks create sturdy homes for just $5,200 Open panels help cool down interior spaces and promote the interaction between the inner and outer scenery. Randomly arranged pot plants absorb humidity and mitigate calorific radiation. The house creates a “natural sense of breathing rhythm” and presents a healthier alternative to what’s being built in Dong Anh. + H&P Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Nguyen Tien Thanh

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The world’s CO2 emissions have not increased in the past three years

November 15, 2016 by  
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A new report shows that 2016 marks the third year in a row with no increase in worldwide emissions. The findings have been met with cautious optimism, as they signal China’s declining coal production. However many are concerned that US president-elect Donald Trump has vowed to back out of the Paris Agreement and thinks climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese . In 2016, a negligible 0.2 percent rise in carbon emissions was projected – which is quite a deviation from the typical annual growth rate of three percent in the 2000s. China is responsible for 30 percent of global emissions, however its total emissions actually declined 0.5 percent this year. Related: Plants are keeping atmospheric carbon levels stable, but it won’t last forever The findings were presented at the climate change talks in Marrakesh , Morocco, where nearly 200 governments are convening from November 7-18. The study, published in the journal Earth System Science Data , projected US emissions to drop 1.7 percent, yet it is anyone’s guess as to how long this decline will continue after the presidential transition. A palpable, foreboding uncertainty has fallen over the talks after election of Donald Trump , who not only wishes to pull out of the Paris Agreement, but also favors the coal and oil industries. “The break in emissions rise is a great help for tackling climate change but it is not enough,” said Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia and leader of the study’s data analysis. “Global emissions now need to decrease rapidly, not just stop growing.” Via Reuters Images via Pixabay , Flickr

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Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Faade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

September 11, 2016 by  
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Like in many of Hanoi’s older homes, shutters and security bars closed off the original house from natural light and wind, giving rise to dark and moldy conditions. To open the house back up to daylight and ventilation , the architects knocked down walls to create an airy, open-plan layout and replaced clunky structures such as the concrete staircase and old security fences with slimmer alternatives such as a galvanized steel trellis. In addition to serving as a security precaution, the steel trellis was covered with green climbing plants to add fresh air, provide a privacy screen, and create an attractive green waterfall-like facade to be enjoyed by both residents and passersby. Related: Five-Towered Home Topped with Lush Banyan Trees Pops Up in Vietnam To prevent the common Hanoi problem of rising condensation in humid environs, an air ventilation layer was inserted beneath the raised ground floor. Skylights funnel daylight to the space, where light-colored lumpy marble stone then reflected and diffused the light throughout the interior. The addition of a roof garden protects the building from the harsh West sunlight and provides an area to grow vegetables and flowers. Vo Trong Nghia Architects hope that the Green Renovation’s highly visible and energy-conscious design will serve as a model for greening tropical cities. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Images via Vo Trong Nghia Architects , © Hiroyuki Oki

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Maison T is a discreet alley pad in Hanoi with a secret garden

August 23, 2016 by  
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The house offers a high degree of privacy and functions as a relaxing environment hidden in an alleyway in Hanoi . Quiet and open, the small residence offers all the amenities of a town house, and includes a beautiful garden space. Related: Studio 102 transformed an abandoned house in Hanoi into a growing, green office space Flexible partitions visually connect the different spaces within the house, and provide views of the garden. The garden looks and functions as an integral part of the house, and acts as an acoustic barrier  between the street and the private spaces. + Nghia-Architect Via Archdaily Photos by Tuan Nghia Nguyen

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Green Renovation: Leafy Waterfall-like Façade Transforms a Musty Old Building into a Lush Light-Filled Home

August 12, 2014 by  
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Vo Trong Nghia’s Gorgeous Dai Lai Resort is Made From Local Stone And Bamboo

February 8, 2013 by  
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AWeber’s New Pennsylvania HQ Boasts Giant Slides, a GSky Green Wall, and a Waterfall!

February 7, 2013 by  
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AWeber Communications ‘ new headquarters in Chalfont, Pennsylvania raises the bar for design, innovation and fun. This nature-inspired atrium boasts two indoor slides and a massive GSky Green Wall . Staff and visitors alike are greeted by a beautiful falling waterfall set next to the living wall . A perfect blend of nature and art, the green wall also improves the team’s general wellbeing by providing stress relief, improved air quality, and a sense of revitalization in addition to its visual appeal. It is a natural breathing air filtering system that removes dust and toxins in the air, while increasing energy-rich oxygen. Overall, the space is designed to facilitate collaboration, fun and community. + GSky Green Walls + AWeber Communications 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: “green wall” , “living wall” , AWeber Communications , Botanical , Chalfont , Gardening , Green Building , green design , green interiors , GSky Green Wall , indoor garden , indoor slides , pennsylvania , sustainable design , Sustainable Interiors

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Vo Trong Nghia’s Modern Blue Stone House Sports a Rising Green Roof in Viet Nam

December 5, 2012 by  
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