Beautiful German sauna village runs on recycled waste energy

September 14, 2016 by  
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The Jordanbad Sauna Village was built to replace a former set of sauna huts built from logs. Since the client wanted the new structures to be built from a longer lasting material, the architects settled on concrete for the base construction. Long-lasting Robinia wood slats clad the exterior, while different timber materials and finishes are used inside each sauna. The sauna village comprises a large infusion “Aroma” sauna for up to 120 people, an herbal sauna, and a fireplace sauna. The shower facilities are located in a separate building. The buildings are arranged around a large tree and overlook the pond and sun deck with built-in warm and cold basins. All the saunas and outdoor spaces are lit by indirect LEDs . The village is powered with a cost-saving CHP unit that covers all the electricity and heating demands. The saunas are heated with the CHP’s recycled exhaust gases —no solid fuels necessary. Related: Apple-inspired timber sauna is hidden within a grassy green slope “The design style of the sauna village is a contemporary architectural language—free of kitsch—creating rich extraordinary experiences for the visitors by careful use of space and form, light and material—inside and outside,” write the architects. “Inside, each sauna has its own individual atmosphere – with carefully chosen views into various parts of the garden, landscape and pond through large panorama windows.” + Jeschke Architektur&Planung Via ArchDaily Images via Jeschke Architektur&Planung , by Christina Jeschke and Sandra Wolf

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Solar-powered Lucy tracks the sun to brighten any indoor space

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Lack of sunlight can lead to everything from Vitamin D deficiency to seasonal affective disorder. Solenica , founded by Diva Tommei, came up with a bright solution: Lucy, a smart, solar-powered natural lighting system. Lucy tracks sunlight and reflects it inside to brighten even the darkest spaces. Solenica is currently crowdfunding on Indiegogo , offering Lucy for a reduced price. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hm5TUYOuKmU According to Solenica, for 90 percent of our lives we live indoors, missing out on the benefits of natural sunlight . Those who live through dreary winters or are simply more sensitive to a lack of light suffer. Solenica’s Lucy eases that suffering through an “articulated mirror” that follows the sun using a “proprietary algorithm” to reflect bright light into a home throughout the day. Lucy makes slight adjustments as the sun moves to bring more sunshine inside. Lucy can be placed indoors or outdoors – Solenica also sells a security lock if users want to place the device outside – and can easily be moved to different spots around the home. Related: Lucy is a robotic sunlight reflector that brings light into every dark corner of your house Lucy is a green alternative too: users can save energy and money by using the natural lighting system instead of electricity-fueled lamps. Lucy runs solely on solar power, and doesn’t include wires. The only time a user has to turn on the device is when they pull it out of the box. Italian design inspired Solenica to create a device that wouldn’t stand out but would rather add beauty to a home. Solenica started crowdfunding yesterday on Indiegogo and while they’ve reached around 300 percent of their goal, their early bird special is still available. After the campaign Lucy will cost $299, but right now Solenica is offering 200 Lucys for $199. Backers also have the option to purchase more than one or to purchase security locks. You can back the campaign and grab a Lucy here . + Solenica Images courtesy of Solenica

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