Brilliant home made out of cascading concrete planter boxes grows more than 40 types of edible plants

January 31, 2019 by  
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Built for a retired couple who loves to grow their own food, this home design by Kuala Lumpur-based firm FormZero is comprised of several concrete blocks planted with more than 40 types of edible plants on every floor. With various patio spaces that double as mini home gardens , the Planter Box House oscillates between garden, farm and living space. The home’s overall design was heavily influenced by Kuala Lumpur’s vernacular. Being that the area is a tropical region, the homes are often built with split bamboo, a practice that goes back to the area’s indigenous people. By using bamboo as form work for the concrete cladding, the architects not only paid homage to the local history and culture, but ensured a durable design that would last years. Using the two durable and low-maintenance materials added extra resilience to the design so that the three-story home could withstand heavy rain storms and local pollution. Related: Giant bamboo planters protect a Ho Chi Minh City home from the sun and rain In addition to the home’s resilient features, the architects worked closely with the homeowners to create a design that would enable the couple to grow their own food . Accordingly, the design is a 3,650 square feet building that spans over three stories, with every level outfitted with various concrete planters that provide ample space for growing a variety of plants. A custom-made irrigation system, a joint endeavor between the couple and the architects, enables the boxes to store and reuse rainwater. The cascading design was a strategic feature that helps each box enjoy optimal natural light , but also adds a system of natural air ventilation throughout the interior. On every floor of the home, large sliding glass doors that lead out to the balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows create a strong connection to the exterior. All-white walls and minimal furnishings, along with the abundance of greenery, will allow the homeowners to enjoy a healthy, self-sufficient lifestyle as they age. + FormZero Via Archdaily Photography by Ameen Deen via FormZer

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Colorful bamboo pavilion champions sustainable design in Kuala Lumpur

February 28, 2018 by  
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Renewable and fast-growing bamboo is catching on in the world of construction. To spur on the green material’s popularity, architect Eleena Jamil designed and built Urban Brains, a temporary pavilion that shows off the versatility of bamboo from structural support to decorative cladding. Built for the World Urban Forum 2018 in collaboration with UNHabitat, the pop-up pavilion in Kuala Lumpur also encourages visitors to add their thoughts to the design by literally writing on the walls. Located on an open square next to Klang River, Urban Brains provided tranquil respite during the weeklong World Urban Forum 2018 that concluded February 13, 2018. The simple 16-square-meter pavilion is a four-wall structure covered in by 100-millimeter-long bamboo cross-sections. Some of the circular rings were filled in with colorful semi-translucent panels to evoke the effect of stained glass windows while other bamboo rings were left hollow. The colored panels are also a nod to the colors of the UN sustainable design goals. Related: This breezy bamboo amphitheater pops up in just 25 days Custom-designed stools made from short bamboo poles tied together with rattan were placed inside the pavilion in a square courtyard -like space. The roof, built with concentric square bamboo shapes, is fitted with transparent plastic and a large opening in the center to let in natural light. Visitors are encouraged to add their thoughts and ideas for improving the city by writing them down on the circular colored panels punctuating the pavilion walls. + Eleena Jamil Images via Eleena Jamil

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Green-roofed Cantilever House floats above the Malaysian rainforest

May 2, 2017 by  
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This green-roofed house juts out over the lush rainforest of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Architecture firm Design Unit Sdn Bhd envisioned the Cantilever House as a “forest” of industrial steel columns that create a weightless-looking volume. Passive House design features – including an adjustable envelope – minimize the building’s impact on the environment. The house consists of two independent structures constructed of exposed structural steel and concrete, framing a large courtyard with a swimming pool . A long ramp connects the “steel box” to the ground. The opaque appearance disappears once inside– the double glazed full height sliding glass screens and adjustable glass louvers bathe the interior in natural light. This operable envelope wrapped in external sunscreens made from perforated stainless steel provides optimal natural ventilation and allows views of the surrounding rainforest . Related: Futuristic green city design runs like a real rainforest in Malaysia The two structures of the house serve different functions– one with living areas and bedrooms, and the lower one accommodating an art gallery and cinema. The grass-covered roof establishes different micro-climates and creates gardens for relaxation. These spaces allow occupants to enjoy an indoor-outdoor lifestyle which maximizes contact with nature while minimizes disturbance to the site. + Design Unit Sdn Bhd Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Lin Ho Photography

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C.F. Mller unveils eco-conscious highrise in Sweden

May 2, 2017 by  
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International design firm C.F. Møller won an architecture competition with their proposal for an eco-conscious high-rise in the central Swedish city of Västerås. Topped with solar panels and a green roof , the energy-efficient skyscraper will be a beautiful landmark and model of hybrid design with its proposed timber and concrete structure. Greenery is woven throughout the design, from the panoramic garden on the 15th floor to the trees planted on every balcony. The 15,700-square-meter mixed-use tower was designed for an architecture competition launched by property management company Riksbyggen in January 2017. The winning design features an elliptical shape with 22 floors; concrete will be used for supporting construction up to the 15th floor, while the remaining seven floors will be framed in solid wood. Untreated wood , protected from the elements by balconies, clads the rounded facade. “The architecture and details of the facades are inspired by the light reflections on Lake Mälaren,” says Ola Jonsson, Architect and associate partner at C.F. Møller. “The result is a three-dimensional and dynamic facade composition that is exciting both near and from afar. The panoramic garden placed high up in the building is a focal point for the city and a fantastic common area for the residents of the house. Our ambition has been to optimize the synergies between the city, building and urban greenery.” Related: C.F. Møller is building a garden-filled vertical village in Antwerp The building’s ground floor will be open for restaurants and commercial use, while residences occupy the upper floors. A vertical green wall faces a public square and is complemented with small parks with active and passive spaces. A garden on the 15th floor offers additional green space to residents as well as 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Green roofs top the parking building and the tower. + C.F. Møller Images via C.F. Møller

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Beautiful bamboo playhouse in Kuala Lumpur raises the material’s sustainable profile

July 7, 2016 by  
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The freestanding construction is found at the edge of a peaceful lake, and consists of 31 identical square landings. The alternating heights of the decks create an engaging floorpan for visitors, as do the tall columns in the center of each section, sprouting from the floor like a tree to support the roof. Hanging bamboo treehouses , referred to as “baskets,” are found throughout the structure, adding height and a playful spirit. Related: First full bamboo school in Philippines stands up to tough stormwinds Inspiration for the playhouse comes from “wakafs,” or simple shelters built for entire communities to share. The design serves as a collection of such wakafs in the center stretch of the gardens, inviting children and adults alike to gather under its shade. Performances and exhibitions have been held in the space, generating a geniuine community atmosphere. + Eleena Jamil Architect Via  World Architecture News Images via Marc Tey Photography

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The Bamboo Playhouse is a gorgeously green gathering space in the Perdana Botanical Gardens

November 17, 2015 by  
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The Bamboo Playhouse is a public pavilion located in Kuala Lumpur’s oldest and arguably, most picturesque park, the Perdana Botanical Gardens . The park is located right in the heart of the capital city and the pavilion itself is situated on a small island in a large lake that stretches through the center of the park. The use of bamboo in contemporary buildings is very rare in Malaysia and this building explores its potential as a sustainable building material. Read the rest of The Bamboo Playhouse is a gorgeously green gathering space in the Perdana Botanical Gardens

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Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living

July 7, 2015 by  
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With the population booming and housing expansion taking place in all corners of the world, catching wind of a swanky new high-rise in a distant land can lead to some raised eyebrows. The EcoSky living center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, however, is notable not for its excess, but for its attention to sustainable construction and maintenance practices. EcoWorld Development Sdn. Bhd. has released details about the project, which will be composed of three residential towers and a building named The Centre, referred to as “the green heart” of the construction. Read the rest of Malaysian EcoSky development plans to collect rainwater, daylight, and compost its way to greener luxury living Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: composting , Daylighting , eco friendly architecture , ecosky , kuala lampur , low concrete usage index , luxury apartments , Malaysia architecture , rainwater collection , Sustainable Building

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Dubai Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Twin Towers

November 4, 2014 by  
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Dubai Holding and Emaar Properties just announced a new initiative to build the world’s tallest twin towers. Dubai Creek Harbour will be three times the size of the Downtown Dubai project, also developed by Emaar Properties, and will include retail, luxury hotels and around 39,000 residential units. Read the rest of Dubai Unveils Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Twin Towers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dubai , Dubai Creek Harbour , hiighrise , Kuala Lumpur , Middle East , petronas towers , residential towers , skyscrapers , towers , twin towers , world’s tallest towers

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BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System

April 3, 2014 by  
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BMW subsidiary Designworks USA is helping the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur move into the 21st century with 58 ritzy trains for the city’s new subway system. The new three-line metro system is expected to be up and running by 2017 and looks like it could take top honors for most stylish and energy-efficient subway ride. From LED lighting to recyclable stainless steel cars, Malaysia’s new transportation system is expected to comprise an aesthetically-pleasing mix of futuristic and energy efficient design. Read the rest of BMW Designs Ritzy Subway Trains for Kuala Lumpur’s New Transit System Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW , Designworks USA , energy efficient transport , Kuala Lumpur Subway Trains , LED lighting , Malaysia , public transportation , subway design , subway train design , transit design , transportation design , Urban design        

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Philips Creates an LED Bulb That Looks and Feels Like Incandescent Light

April 3, 2014 by  
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Practically everyone knows that LED and fluorescent light bulbs are better than inefficient incandescents, but many consumers just can’t resist the familiar shape and soft, warm glow. Philips plans on changing all that with an LED bulb that not only looks like the old reliable incandescent bulb, but also gives off a similar glow, which may just convince the hold-outs to convert. Read the rest of Philips Creates an LED Bulb That Looks and Feels Like Incandescent Light Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , 2700k LED , efficient bulbs , efficient LED , efficient lighting , energy efficient bulb , energy efficient lighting , green lighting , green technology , home light bulbs , home lighting , incandescent vs LED , LED , LED bulbs , Philips 40W bulb , Philips Bulb , Philips led , Philips LED bulb , Philips LED clear bulb , replacing incandescent , residential lighting , warm LED        

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