Lush green roof camouflages the Chameleon Villa into the Indonesian tropics

July 16, 2018 by  
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True to its name, the Chameleon Villa is a residence that seamlessly blends into its forested surroundings in Bali thanks to its integration of a lush green roof. Designed by international architecture practice Word of Mouth House , the contemporary home spans nearly 11,000 square feet, yet deftly hides its bulk with landscaped roofs. The “camouflaged” roofs also help promote natural cooling and are integrated with rainwater collection and recycling systems as well as solar panels. Located in the village of Buwit in southwest Bali, the Chameleon Villa is set on an acre of densely forested land with steep and challenging terrain, including a level change of 36 feet. To blend the building into the site as much as possible, the designers at Word of Mouth House crafted the home as a cluster of volumes that step down the slope and are carefully positioned to follow the original contour lines and to optimize views of the river below and forest beyond. A natural materials palette  — with locally sourced elements like teak wood, iron wood and natural stone — further blends the dwelling into the landscape. Related: Beautiful bamboo pavilion in Bali translates the flexibility of yoga into architecture “We worked on the idea of ‘landscaped architecture’ by blurring the boundaries between natural and built environments,” explained the firm. “As a result, the buildings appear to be a part of the land itself sometimes disappearing within it, and then at other times, emerging from it. As per traditional Balinese architecture the different pavilions accommodate different functions and all communal spaces are kept open towards the elements whereas the bedrooms and other more private spaces such as office, gym and media room are close-able volumes.” The vibrant green roofs keep the lower spaces comfortable through passive cooling, and this vegetation also aids in rainwater collection. The residents can recycle the water for use in garden irrigation. The home also produces clean energy through solar panels, further adding to its sustainable features. + Word of Mouth House Images by Daniel Koh

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Facebook taps modernist architect Gehry for new kind of green roof

April 2, 2013 by  
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Usually known for ultra-modern buildings, Frank Gehry takes modern to a new level — with a landscaped roof — with his second green-roofed building in the United States. 

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Innovation doesn’t guarantee success: Mirasol’s market journey

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A brilliant, bio-inspired technical innovation has not been enough to ensure that Qualcomm's e-reader technology would gain a market foothold.

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Infographic: A path toward sustainable freight

April 2, 2013 by  
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Freight is responsible for 8 percent of U.S. emissions, but we can embrace a strong freight transport sector that also dramatically cuts carbon pollution.

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Architem’s Trois-Rivières Amphitheater Has a Facade That Ripples Like Red Waves

April 19, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Architem’s Trois-Rivières Amphitheater Has a Facade That Ripples Like Red Waves http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable development” , Architem , canada , Daylighting , double skin , Eco Architecture , eco design , facade , green design , landscaped roof , natural light , origami , quebec , river park , sustainable design

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Enter to Win a Cozy Eco-Wise Wool Pendelton Throw (Worth $98)!

April 19, 2011 by  
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HAPPY EARTH TUESDAY INHABITAT READERS! Yesterday we launched the first of our four fabulous Earth Week Giveaways with a fantastic cleaning bundle from Method and Casabella . To celebrate this Earth Tuesday we’ve teamed up with MBDC to give one lucky reader a super luxe Eco-Wise wool blanket from Pendelton (worth $98)! Perfect for cozying up on the couch or laying out on those long summer nights in the park, this blanket could be yours if you follow the steps below on how to win. And as a bonus, we’ll also be throwing in a copy the pivotal eco-design handbook  Cradle to Cradle , authored by our personal favorites  William McDonough and  Michael Braungart ! TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY: 1.

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