Tiny Toronto lighthouse serves multiple functions at once

March 2, 2017 by  
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This minimalist wooden lighthouse installed at Woodbine beach in Toronto doubles as a temporary drop-off location for local charity donations. Portuguese design firm João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura wrapped The Beacon in aged wood to make it look as if it has been part of the beach for a long time. The Beacon, which shoots a vertical beam of light into the night sky, captures the essence of traditional lighthouses, while translating their archetypal conical shape into a single spatial gesture. Beside its role as a lighthouse, the structure also functions as a place where people can leave non-perishable foods and clothes for charities. Related: The government is giving away free lighthouses to the right owners The lower part of the structure acts as a repository for such items and features openings at different heights through which they can be easily inserted. While the architects hope the Beacon will become part of a larger, permanent network of donation hotspots in Toronto , this small structure can also be repurposed as a wildlife observation tower , a wilderness shelter or a fire lookout tower . + João Araújo Sousa & Joana Correia Silva Arquitectura Photos by Steven Evans

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Breathtaking chapel clings to the cliffside for transcendent sea views

August 30, 2016 by  
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OPA is perhaps most famous for their jaw-dropping Casa Brutale, another cliffside building with confirmed plans for construction . Like its predecessor, Lux Aeterna is dramatically embedded into a rocky cliff and sports a giant cross-shaped facade made of glass that gives the building the appearance of a glowing lighthouse at night. Guests enter the underground chapel via a series of concrete steps that lead down into the earth, which helps create thermal insulation to regulate internal temperatures. “Purity of belief is celebrated in this minimalistic design devoid of earthly distractive elements,” says OPA. “The chapel is the third building of the Terra Mater trilogy of underground buildings. Proposed for the island of Serifos, it possesses a single cliff façade that faces the Aegean sea, positioning the human vis a vis with the beauty and magnanimity of creation.” Related: Crazy home carved into a coastal cliff has a swimming pool roof The interior is minimally decorated and made almost entirely from concrete save for the timber flooring, benches, and door that lend the space a touch of warmth. Aside from the giant east-facing glazed cross, stained glass decorates the other openings. Colorful cross-shaped skylights create a beautiful play of colored light inside the chapel. + Open Platform for Architecture Via ArchDaily Images via Open Platform for Architecture

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Zero-carbon Nanjing Green Lighthouse is a beacon for sustainable design in China

July 27, 2016 by  
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The 5,500-square-meter Nanjing Green Lighthouse takes on a spiral form and is centered on a light-filled atrium that funnels natural light and fresh air to all floors. “We would all like to produce more ‘green’ buildings with lower energy consumption or low carbon emission,” says Archiland International. “The challenge is at the same time to make this necessary new buildings even more attractive than buildings of today and not just making engineering technology driven machines. With this lighthouse we aim for no less than this.” Related: China’s Green-Roofed Samaranch Memorial Museum Was Inspired by the Olympic Rings According to the design firm, the Nanjing Green Lighthouse is one of the first zero carbon buildings completed in China. The circular facade was optimized and carefully engineered with operable openings and daylight horizontal reflectors that minimize exposure to the sun’s direct heat while maximizing access to soft natural light . The building achieves 200 LUX natural daylight level for all working areas. The interior is dominated by white surfaces that reflect light to make the workspaces free bright and airy. Colorful furnishings and lush plantings, which include full-height green walls and hanging plants, punctuate the interior. + Archiland International Via ArchDaily Images via Archiland International

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The Frying Pan Tower is an extreme offshore hotel that used to be a Coast Guard lighthouse

June 26, 2015 by  
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Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads

June 26, 2015 by  
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As 2015 speeds by, so will Google’s self-driving vehicle prototypes adorably referred to as “Koala” cars. (Except they only move at a safe and steady speed of 25 mph.) Earlier this year Google announced plans to launch several vehicles in Mountain View, and this week the self-driving cars finally hit California streets. Read the rest of Google’s self-driving “Koala” cars hit California roads Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ford self-driving car , google koala car , google mountain view , google self-driving car , koala car , self-driving car , self-driving technology , tesla self-driving car

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Students Transform a Boring Electrical Tower into an Inspiring Stained Glass Lighthouse

July 3, 2014 by  
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Art students in Germany converted an electrical tower outside of Hattigen into an impromptu art installation with vibrant panels of stained glass . Lechtturm (which means Lighthouse in German) glitters from afar, casting an array of colors on the lush green landscape. The project, created by students Ail Hwang, Hae-Ryan Jeong and Ching-Ki Park, turned an otherwise ugly structure into something both beautiful and utilitarian. Read the rest of Students Transform a Boring Electrical Tower into an Inspiring Stained Glass Lighthouse Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ail Hwang , Ching-Ki Park , eco design , eco-art , green design , Hattigen Germany , Have-Ryan Jong , Lechtturm , lighthouse , recycle art , stained glass electrical tower , sustainable design

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Miniature Star Wars Terrariums Bring Far Away Galaxies Into Your Home!

July 3, 2014 by  
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Goal Zero’s New Lighthouse 250 Lantern Charges Your Devices in the Wilderness

August 21, 2013 by  
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Goal Zero prides itself in making products for living off the grid, but their new Lighthouse 250 Lantern brings a little technology to your camp . The solar powered lantern is equipped with a USB power hub, to keep gadgets fully charged while you relax by the fire . If you don’t have devices to power up, the rechargeable battery keeps the Lighthouse 250 Lantern aglow for up to 48 hours. Read the rest of Goal Zero’s New Lighthouse 250 Lantern Charges Your Devices in the Wilderness Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “portable generator” , eco design , goal zero , Goal Zero Lighthouse Lantern 250 , green design , solar powered lantern , sustainable design        

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Will a 10 Cent Fee Finally Get New Yorkers to Kick the Plastic Bag Habit?

August 21, 2013 by  
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They say the best things in life are free, but unfortunately so are some of the worst things – like plastic bags at New York City groceries, convenience stores and other retailers. But that could soon change if a new bill that was introduced today by the New York City Council is passed. The proposed legislation would charge consumers at least 10 cents per bag in hopes that frugal shoppers will quit the plastic habit and begin carrying around reusable totes. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: litter , new york city , plastic bag ban , plastic bags , plastic pollution , plastic tax , plastic waste , reusable bags , Shopping , shopping bags        

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London’s Largest Living Wall Sprouts Up on a Hotel in Victoria

August 21, 2013 by  
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