Historic rice mill reborn as a natural foods store in Taipei

May 9, 2018 by  
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A flourish of adaptive reuse activity at Taipei’s historic Dihua Street is turning the once oft-overlooked half-mile strip into a hotbed for tourism, creative retail, and cultural education. Case in point: B+P Architects’ renovation of a 19th century rice mill into a natural foods store stocking locally grown and produced products. Carried out over the course of three years, the project—known as Inverted Truss—carefully preserved many historic elements while adding a contemporary and modular design. Completed in 2016, Inverted Truss was created in collaboration with the Yeh Family, who has owned the property for five generations. To minimize damage to the building, the architect created a modular and lightweight timber structure inserted into the front of the building. Designed with built-in lighting and shelving, the new framework of timber trusses and panels injects a contemporary new look to the space and while leaving the original ceiling beams from 1890 exposed. Thanks to its modularity, the structure can also be easily removed and amended. Related: Mirrored shipping container building reflects its natural surroundings in Taipei “We remain considerable amount of existing furniture and grain equipment replaced back to the space to give its presence of the historic context,” wrote B+P Architects. “The timber used for the truss is made from Japanese cypress that is also used to make gain utensils at the time as well.” The store is used to promote the different varieties of rice grown in Taiwan as well as other locally made products such as noodles, soy sauce, craft beer and tea. The back of the building has been converted into an events space with offices and a residential unit above. + B+P Architects Images by Hey! Cheese

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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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Eclectic Mill No. 5 is an innovative hipster haven housed within a converted textile mill in Lowell

March 12, 2015 by  
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Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

January 30, 2013 by  
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Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation in Hawaii Awarded LEED Platinum

January 12, 2012 by  
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The renovation of the Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation office by Hawaii Architecture was just awarded LEED Platinum certification and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute . Every component of the project was completed with sustainability in mind, from coordinating the recycling of construction waste, to the energy efficient fixtures, to the handcrafted, reclaimed wood reception mural made by the youth of Ma Ka Hana Ka `Ike. Hawaii Architecture and the Hau’oli Mau Loa Foundation worked together to make certain that the 4,285 sf office in the Dillingham Transportation Building ( listed on the National Historic Register) retained its original historical features while implementing sustainable upgrades throughout. The new design seamlessly blends the historic with the contemporary, and the end result is a sustainable, light filled space that provides a contemporary take on tradition. + Hawaii Architecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture restoriation , buidlings LEED Platinum , Dillingham Transportation Building , Green Building Certification Institute , Hau`oli Mau Loa Foundation office , Hawaii Architecture llp , historic architecture , historic preservation , Ma Ka Hana Ka`Ike , National Historic Register , Sustainable Building , usgbc buildings

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Architecture for Humanity Reports They’ve Helped Tens of Thousands in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake

January 12, 2012 by  
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When a massive earthquake struck Haiti two years ago today, the damage was staggering. Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced and entire towns were reduced to rubble. In the wake of the destruction Architecture for Humanity stepped in to try and lend a hand in rebuilding the country in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Today they’ve reported that with help from outside organizations like the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund they’ve managed to help tens of thousands of Haitians with rebuilding efforts and have completed three clinics and four schools (with seven more in the construction phase) and provided 5,000+ builders with the Rebuilding Haiti 101 Manual, reaching the lives of over 50,000 Haitians with their efforts to date. Read the rest of Architecture for Humanity Reports They’ve Helped Tens of Thousands in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: afh , Architecture for Humanity , clinton bush haiti fund , clinton global initiative , Disaster Relief , Disaster-proof design , earthquake , earthquake proof design , Green Building , green building in haiti , haiti destruction , haiti earthquake , haiti philanthropy , haiti schools , low cost green building , Open Architecture Network , rebuilding haiti , safe rebuilding

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EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack

January 12, 2012 by  
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Information is power and as it turns out power equals emissions. Or at least that’s what a new comprehensive database of the United States’ 6,700 biggest stationary emitters put together by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. According to the new EPA database, power plants were the largest stationary sources of direct emissions with an incredible 2.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2010 alone. With the EPA recently putting new emissions reduction laws into action, this database should be a great resource for businesses to identify those leading emissions reductions and shed light on exactly how they’re managing to make it work. Incidentally it is also a great resource to find out who the nasty emitters around you are. Check it out for yourself: the EPA has now compiled the data and put it online in this super fun online emissions tool . Go ahead and type in your zip code and see who your closest emitters are – the culprits might surprise you. Read the rest of EPA Announces Online Tool For Tracking Large Stationary Polluters, Power Plants Lead the Pack Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building emissions , environmental protection agency , epa , facility pollution , greenhouse gas data , greenhouse gas data tool , greenhouse gas reporting data , large power plants , large stationary polluters , largest emitters , power plant emissions , power plant pollution , power plants , stationary emitters , stationary polluters

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Translucent Watercolor Roof Protects Swiss Abbey & Archaeology Site From Rockfall

September 7, 2011 by  
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Steven Holl’s Sliced Porosity Block Tops Off in Chengdu, China

September 6, 2011 by  
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Barndominium: Green Live-Work Space is a Modern Update to the Vernacular Barn

September 6, 2011 by  
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