Post-war home in Kyoto brilliantly renovated to blend modernity with tradition

November 10, 2017 by  
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Japanese architecture is known for its minimalist sophistication and this beautiful renovation of a pre-war home in Kyoto is a shining example. Designed by Osaka-based firm, atelier Luke , the renovation process of the Ichijoji House included exposing the beautiful timber beams that were once concealed and conferring with local craftspeople to create design elements that pay homage to the traditional Kyoto vernacular. The home was originally built in 1961, but had become rundown over the years. A Danish-Australian furniture maker purchased the home to convert into a modern living space while maintaining its traditional character. Related: This nomadic origami teahouse is made of hundreds of sheets of folded paper Due to the poor state of the home, the first step was gutting the space while trying to retain the original timber structure. During the renovation process, the team found that many of home’s structural timber elements, such as the large cambered roof beams , had been hidden from sight. The decision was made to leave the beams exposed in order to create a series of wooden sculptural forms that enhance the home’s neutral, minimalist design. To make better use of the space, the layout of the home was reversed from the original layout. The first floor would now house the private spaces while the living area was installed upstairs, reached by a timber ladder. What was once the ground floor kitchen was converted into a beautiful traditional Japanese bedroom, complete with tatami mats , shoji screens, and handmade wallpaper. An extension was added to back of the home in order to make room for indoor plumbing system for the new bathroom and kitchen. The space was also built out to create a peaceful screened-in courtyard reached through a series of sliding timber doors and paper screens. As for the interior design , the design team went to local craftspeople from Kyoto, as well as Osaka and Nagano to create a traditional atmosphere. Most of the decorative or functional elements such as the stained wallpaper, lacquered flooring, and timber joinery were either hand crafted or finished using traditional techniques. Bespoke furniture pieces including various cabinets and the “floating” dining table were made out of Japanese oak. + atelier Luke Images via atelier Luke

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New Book and Bed hostel in Japan lets book lovers tuck in with their favorite novel

December 1, 2016 by  
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Travelers to Japan who love nothing more than curling up with a good book at bedtime, take note: the Bed & Book Hostel has opened a second location in enchanting Kyoto. The ‘accommodation bookshop,’ which first opened in Tokyo last November , allows traveling bibliophiles to cozy up with their favorite title in one of several beds hidden behind floor-to-ceiling book shelves. The hostel was conceived by Japan’s real estate website, R-STORE, which partners with local businesses to create uniquely designed spaces. Designed to be a welcoming haven for serious book worms, the minimalist reading space is aimed at creating that “blissful instant of falling asleep” while totally engrossed in a really good book. Related: Book and Bed offers a novel lodging experience for readers in Tokyo The Kyoto hostel offers two types of lodging arrangements for such sleepy heads: the “Bookshelf,” tucked in behind the book shelves, or the “Riverview,” a room with views of the adjacent Kamogawa River. Although guests will have to share a bathroom, each small bunk is equipped with book lights and WiFi connection. + Book and Bed Via Spoon & Tamago Images via Book and Bed

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California valley cabin is a dreamy weekend escape unplugged from the grid

December 1, 2016 by  
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When the Baird family sought a weekend escape from the city, they asked Malcolm Davis Architecture to design a second home that would immerse them in a remote and sunny valley of Sonoma County, California. The San Francisco-based architects, who also designed the Bairds’ home in Berkeley, delivered a stunning off-grid cabin that focuses on the outdoors. The solar-powered retreat, named Camp Baird, is a modern interpretation of the traditional dogtrot home and is naturally cooled with no need for air conditioning. Set within 165 wooded acres west of Healdsburg, Camp Baird offers indoor and outdoor living within two structures—a prefabricated car-and-barn-equipment metal shed and a main custom cabin—placed in an L-shaped formation. The buildings are clad in Corten metal to minimize fire threat and topped with galvanized metal roofs that reduce heat build up. Full-height glazing opens the home to the south where the living footprint is extended to an expansive ipe wood porch and an 82-foot-long solar-heated lap pool. The south-facing backyard also features a concrete outdoor fireplace for grilling and cooking, a partially screened outdoor shower, and a variety of recreational features including a treehouse, rope swing, and archery area. Related: Rugged eco-friendly cabins offer off-grid lodging in Norway’s wilderness The off-grid and energy-efficient Camp Baird houses three rooms that can be fully heated by Rais wood stoves. Heavy insulation keeps the interior cool on hot summer days. Landscape architect Cary Bush of Merge Studio designed the landscaping made up of drought-resistant native plantings. The rooms are set on a concrete slab floor and are divided into two halves by a breezeway that allows for cross ventilation. + Malcolm Davis Architecture Via Dwell Images © Joe Fletcher

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Glistening glass tea house built near Kyoto Buddhist temple

April 29, 2015 by  
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One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe

April 29, 2015 by  
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It’s no secret that “clunkers” on the road contribute to greenhouse gas emissions at an alarming rate. A new study from the University of Toronto confirms what ecologists have theorized for some time: just 25 percent of cars and trucks are responsible for causing 90 percent of the air pollution we breathe. Scientists measured the emissions from vehicles in action to find out exactly how their dirty emissions impact our environment, and some of their conclusions were quite surprising. Read the rest of One-fourth of cars are causing 90% of air pollution we breathe Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air pollution , air pollution research , black carbon , carbon emissions , carbon monoxide emissions , cash for clunkers , cleaner vehicles , dirty vehicles , Environment Canada , greenhouse gas emissions , measuring vehicle emissions , University of Toronto , vehicle emissions

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Tokujin Yoshioka’s Glass Tea House is a contemporary take on traditional Japanese architecture

April 27, 2015 by  
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Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here

April 27, 2015 by  
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Move over Tesla, this is the Toroidion . It’s Finnish. No one knows how to pronounce it, so don’t worry about that. All you need to know is that it’s very pretty and — oh yeah, it’s electric . In fact, it’s described as a megawatt supercar – that’s right, a supercar. It’s full name is Toroidion 1MW Supercar and it is the result of a four year effort by Pasi Pennanen, a former designer for Jaguar and Zagato. Read the rest of Move over Tesla, the electric Toroidion Supercar is here Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 100% electric car , battery swap , electric , electric car , electric concept car , finnish concept car , swappable battery , toroidion car , toroidion concept car

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COP18 Ends in Colossal Failure

December 7, 2012 by  
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The 18th Conference of the Parties or COP18 ends today in colossal failure. Not only have the negotiations failed to produce any meaningful emissions cuts , but ‘Hot Air’ permits that allow countries like Poland and Russia to maintain their heavy industries may even result in more emissions . Talks have stalled for a host of reasons, though most developing nations blame rich countries like the United States , Canada and Japan for refusing to sign an interim successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol that would bind them to emissions reductions. Finance continues to be a contentious issue. At the COP15 meetings in Copenhagen, rich nations agreed to building a $100 billion annual fund by 2020 that would help developing nations cope with the effects of escalating climate change. The EU has offered interim funding but the US has failed to commit, citing the global economic crisis as justification. The Loss and Damage mechanism would require rich nations responsible for the highest emissions to compensate the countries that are most vulnerable, but the BBC reports that nobody wants to agree to any terms because of admission of guilt such a move would imply. Meanwhile, Qatar has come under fire for its soft leadership. Instead of compelling other Arab countries to reach a meaningful agreement to slash emissions, the emirate agreed to build an Institute for Climate Studies. The president of the conference, Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, told BBC News that he didn’t have luck creating a joint Arab position on the issue. “I want us to move together on climate change but I can’t get consensus on this.” Another UN climate meeting comes to a close without any substantial consensus as scientists issue increasingly grave warnings about the state of the earth. In short, COP18 was a colossal #FAIL. Via BBC News Lead image via Penny.Yi.Wang , flickr, Blacked out Lower Manhattan by Iwan Baan

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