New architecture learning center in London is built with bamboo and recycled yogurt pots

November 21, 2019 by  
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Architecture lovers have a new place to convene in London thanks to the recent completion of the Clore Learning Center at the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) headquarters. Designed by local architectural practice Hayhurst & Co , the new public destination offers a variety of interactive learning displays about architecture for all audiences, from children and families to life-long learners. In addition to its creative educational program, the space is also a beacon for sustainable design and incorporates eco-friendly materials such as bamboo and recycled yogurt containers .  Developed with input from Price and Myers, Max Fordham and Jack Wates lighting design, the Clore Learning Center is the result of Hayhurst and Co’s winning proposal in a RIBA -organized design competition in 2017. The architects drew inspiration for their design of the new playful space from architect Grey Wornum’s vision for the original RIBA headquarters, a Grade II* listed building. Located on the fourth floor of the headquarters, the Clore Learning Center includes a dedicated studio, study room, terrace and interactive display area. Related: RIBA crowns Children Village in Brazil as the world’s best new building “Hayhurst & Co’s design invites visitors to explore their ‘sense of space’ and develop an understanding of the architecture that surrounds us every day,” Hayhurst & Co said. “Conceived as a series of simple, delightful and adaptable interventions that enable an interactive learning experience, the spaces promote an understanding of architecture through active learning: observing, testing, making and sharing.” Sustainability was also a major driver behind the design of the project. Instead of timber, the architects opted for fast-growing bamboo and recycled yogurt containers — leaving some lids and labels visible — as primary materials for interior furnishings. Natural daylight is emphasized indoors and complemented with energy-efficient LEDs that can be dimmed and altered depending on the occasion. A mechanical ventilation system helps provide a constant supply of fresh air. + Hayhurst & Co Photography by Kilian O’Sullivan via Hayhurst & Co

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Ziggurat-like roof in London supports 800 sedums, heathers, flowers, and herbs

August 5, 2016 by  
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The exquisite Garden House was built to replace Whitaker Malem’s former one-story live-work unit located in a small 85-square-meter lot tucked behind Victorian housing. Desirous of more space and access to natural light , the clients turned their self-built home over to Hayhurst and Co, who added a second level and a steeply stepped roof with metal planters filled low-maintenance plants and white pebbles in a set up described by the architects as a bespoke “hanging-basket.” The ziggurat-like roof and its triangular-sectioned, stainless steel planters blend in with the roof profiles of the surrounding buildings. “Devised as three different roof pitches, the design creates a ‘form of best fit’ – a negotiation between maximising internal accommodation and protecting adjacent residential amenity,” write Hayhurst and Co. “Garden House sets a model of how to maximise residential accommodation in sensitive inner city areas whilst meeting national and local planning policies.” Related: Sophisticated Beach-Inspired Extension Brings Summer to an Aging Victorian Home in London Since the Garden House is enclosed on all four sides by other properties, the architects relied on skylights to bring natural light into the home. The ground floor comprises the main living areas, including an open-plan living room, dining room, and kitchen; bedroom; bathroom; and a tiled entryway called the Winter Garden. A folded steel staircase leads up to a spacious art studio that opens up to an outdoor terrace and roof garden. + Hayhurst and Co Via Dezeen Images via Hayhurst and Co

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Lush green rooftop terrace invites homeowners outdoors in the foothills of Vietnam

August 5, 2016 by  
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The homeowner requested a large house with a large garden, but only had a small plot of land to work with in Khanh Hoa Province. Designers also had to come up with a creative way to meet local building code, which requires 60 percent of the roof area to be covered by gray or orange-color tile. The regulation also calls for the roof to be sloped at a certain angle. To meet all of these demands, Vo Trong Nghia Architects came up with a deceptively simple solution for the home’s roof, dividing it into alternating stripes of greenery and tile arranged in tiered steps. Related: VTN’s green City Hall doubles as a verdant vertical park In doing so, the architects created a rooftop garden that actually doubles as a patio space, complete with decorative railings. Although it’s difficult to imagine that the homeowners would want to spend any time indoors with such an amazing roof, the interior of the home is as enchanting as the outdoor space. Elegant in its simplicity, the home’s interior is encased in many floor-to-ceiling windows, drawing in daylight that fills the two-story space. At the center of the home, a small enclosed patio offers a glimpse of greenery and a source of additional light from most vantage points on the ground floor, blurring the line between indoor and out. + Vo Trong Nghia Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Hiroyuki Oki /Decon Photo Studio

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