Retractable restaurant addition provides flexible space that adapts to any weather

August 10, 2017 by  
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Could this be the end of waiting outside a restaurant in crappy weather? Turkish company Libart  installed an innovative retractable wall system for a restaurant in Istanbul that can help the establishment accommodate plenty of diners year-round. The sliding aluminum and glass structure in the Babylon Beach Club extends outward to provide cozy, covered seating during wintertime or completely retracts into the building to make room for open outdoor space during the summer months. The flexible architectural system gives the restaurant optimal flexibility to increase or decrease capacity as the weather conditions change. The glass paneled structure retracts into the building during the summer months, virtually hidden from site. Alternatively, the structure can be expanded during inclement weather. Thanks to the extra space and additional sitting, the establishment can accommodate their client base year-round without having to turn away customers due to lack of space. Related: Sliding Walls Transform This Tokyo House Into an Office For the Babylon Club, Libart installed a high-walled, 4-piece sectional design called Evolution Freestanding. The glass panels not only provide a sense of openness when extended, but also flood the interior with natural light . The system uses few components, making assembly quick and efficient. Referred to as “modern architecture in motion” by the company, the sliding system can be used in a number of situations such as providing flexible cover for outdoor pools, hotel and commercial spaces, and even industrial warehouses loooking to create healthy working spaces. + Libart

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The UK will require electric car chargers at all major gas stations

August 10, 2017 by  
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Electric cars are expected to reach cost parity with gas-powered vehicles as soon as 2018 – and governments around the world are introducing new legislation and incentives to keep up with increasing demand. The UK just announced a new law that requires all major petrol (gas) stations and motorway services to install electric car chargers. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill, which was revealed during the Queen’s parliamentary speech, commits the government to improving the country’s electric charging infrastructure. It also requires that charging points be easy to access, work seamlessly across the UK and fall in line with the same set of technical and operational standards. As Auto Express reports, the UK’s public charging infrastructure is having a tough time keeping pace with EV uptake. In fact, a recent investigation reveals that electric and plug-in car ownership increased from 2,254 vehicles in 2012 to 85,983 at the end of 2016. At the same time, the number of charging points in the UK only grew to 11,736 in 4,243 locations (from 2,883 in 1,287 locations) during the same period. Previously, the European Parliament said there has to be at least one charger for every 10 electric cars on the road for EVs to become commercially viable. However, data obtained by charge point database Zap-Map shows that the ratio of EVs to chargers has grown from 0.78 to 7.32 in four years. Requiring all major petrol stations to install EV charging points is sure to further improve the car-per-charger-ratio. Related: GM is selling an electric car in China that costs just $5,300 Of course, it’s important to remember that it’s not just up to the government to install charging infrastructure. Says Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, “Ultimately, public investment in charging infrastructure will need to be matched by the private sector.” Via Auto Express Images via Pixabay

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Trees will grow on the balconies of Istanbuls honeycomb-like apartments

May 12, 2017 by  
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Istanbul is on track for a stunning new landmark that’ll bring rural living to the heart of the city. International architecture studio Eray Carbajo designed Urban Rural, a modular residential high-rise that aims to raise the bar for sustainable development in Turkey’s capital. The modular units will fit together into a honeycomb-like volume with a balcony filled with greenery. The design of the Urban Rural building began with an abstraction of the traditional gabled rural house and garden. The architects created a “hybrid model” that integrates those rural aspects into a hexagonal modular unit. The architects say that use of a hexagonal grid will maximize the building volume while minimizing the number of building elements needed. “One hexagon unit consists a polygonal area to inhabit and a triangular cavity to be used as an irrigable garden ,” write the architects. “When all modules combined, these triangle cavities act as a truss structure transferring the building’s loads to lower members. As a whole, Urban Rural creates interdependencies between building systems, structure, landscape and architecture. Integration of such complex systems are achieved through modular design that persevere flexibility.” Related: Spectacular green-roofed modular Tangier Bay Housing offers enviable views of the Atlantic The modular high-rise would be built of locally sourced materials . Its location in the heart of the city is walkable with access to public transit, thus reducing occupant need for cars. Social and recreational spaces on the lower floors will foster a sense of community in the building. Construction is slated for completion in 2019. + Eray Carbajo

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Istanbul’s new solar-powered phone-charging station can handle 8 devices at once

October 10, 2016 by  
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The multifunctional Mito station is located near a tram station at Istanbul ‘s Taksim Square. Commissioned by Turkish company Verisun, the station allows people to charge their phones and access the Internet. It also features a built-in LCD screen that displays the station and route name, as well as useful information on air temperature and bus or tram arrival times. Related: Chitkara University’s Solar Lounge Offers Style and Comfort in a Compact Clean Energy Charging Station Mito is entirely powered by solar energy thanks to a solar panel installed on its roof, ensuring that no additional pressure is put on the city’s already strained grid to keep people’s phones full of juice. More charging stations are expected to appear in several other cities across Turkey soon, and we think that is great. + Art Lebedev Via Yanko Design

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Green-roofed apartment block in Tehran uses recycled rainwater and reclaimed materials

October 10, 2016 by  
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Though the Saba Apartment’s sustainable elements are impressive, the building’s most eye-catching features are its wavy timber shutters that cover the street-side grid façade made of square recessed windows. The wooden slats also lend a warm touch to the light-colored stone exterior. The floor-to-ceiling shutters can be swiveled and moved by hand to block unwanted solar gain and for privacy. This double-skin facade and the recessed balconies with double-glazed windows help residents keep cool in the Tehran heat. A garden located in the rear comprises a pool, planting beds, and paving made from recycled railway sleepers. The apartment’s garden-facing facade is made from locally sourced and reclaimed brick and covered with modular vertical planters fed drip irrigation using rainwater harvested from the roof. A green roof tops the building and is integrated with solar panels that generate the energy used for lighting the communal areas. Related: Prefab Parisian housing is clad in a double-skin timber facade to optimize solar shading “With the change in people’s lifestyle, development of the cities and the uprising demand for constructing high-rise buildings; this valuable heritage of our ancestors efforts in engaging the architecture with nature has gone obliterated, which has changed into a blurred memory over less than a century,” write the architects. “This project was the result of our efforts in revitalizing this lost heritage and giving a new interpretation to the old concept. Which we believe one of the main reasons of the cultural crisis our society is engaged with nowadays is the result of this abrupt shift in the living space.” + TDC Office Via Dezeen Images via TDC Office

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Man-made islands create a calm marina at the heart of the Pearl of Istanbul

August 8, 2016 by  
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Forum Studio designed the Pearl of Istanbul to encompass a whopping 1,660,000 square feet, positioning it to become a landmark destination. Situated on a natural bluff overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Pearl looks like another sprawling luxury resort, but project leaders insist it will remain accessible to the public at large, with affordably priced apartments and hotel rooms , with retail spaces and restaurants at the ground level. The land portion of the Pearl will consist of several sculptural towers right on the shore, with landscaped terraces and spectacular views of the marina below. Related: Istanbul unveils $1 billion green super-development Of course, the jaw-dropping marina is the part of the design getting most of the attention. A string of floating, man-made islands creates the perimeter of the marina, where a staggering 500 boat can dock as well as terminals for cruise ships. The islands will double as a seawall, ensuring calm waters inside the marina while reducing the environmental impact on marine habitats. The cultural significance of the project is not lost on its designers. In a statement, Forum Studio describes the importance of a develop of this scale: “The Pearl of Istanbul is at the heart of this transformation. Envisioned by Turkey’s business and civic leaders, and designed by the urban planning and architectural design team at Forum Studio, the Pearl marks Istanbul’s rebirth as a global destination.” + Forum Studio Via ArchDaily Images via Forum Studio

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Turkey presents a huge ship made from 4 tons of reused materials in Venice

June 2, 2016 by  
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The large ship measures 30 meters (98 feet) and weighs four tons. It was built from more than 500 pieces of reused materials , including seven kilometers (4.6 miles) of steel cable, wooden moulds, discarded furniture , signboards and boats found on site. Related: Slovenia built a habitable structure with latticed wooden bookshelves The design, curated by Feride Çiçeko?lu, Mehmet Kütükçüo?lu and Ertu? Uçar, focuses on the concept of borders and ways in which these can be dissolved and transformed. After the Biennale closes next November, the structure will travel back to Istanbul, where it will become a centerpiece of a museum of arsenal. Via urdesign Photos by Cemal Emden

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Giant bubble “greenhouse” covers this lush new retail center in Turkey

February 24, 2016 by  
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Studio Salon’s sprawling bridges will help preserve Istanbul’s Beylikdüzü valley ecosystem

November 13, 2015 by  
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LIVIN Farms makes growing sustainable and healthy protein as easy as compost

November 12, 2015 by  
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