Unusual ellipse-shaped home celebrates a return to nature in Vietnam

August 22, 2018 by  
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There’s no question that the healing powers of nature can do wonders for our well-being, which is why the client behind the V4 House asked Hanoi-based design studio TNT Architects to create a home that felt peaceful and rural despite its suburban setting. In response, the architects created a dwelling that celebrates a return to nature with an immersive garden, swimming pool and unusual pavilion-like form. Located in Vietnam’s Nghe An province in the Nghi Loc district, the V4 House offers a strong connection with the outdoors as well as plenty of gathering spaces for visiting friends and family. Located on a spacious 2,000-square-meter lot in a quiet suburb, the V4 House’s built area only takes up about a quarter of the site with 900 square meters. The majority of the property is landscaped with gardens, including a fruit and vegetable garden. The living spaces are housed in a breezy, pavilion -like structure. Inspired by the traditional northern house vernacular, the main house features an elliptical roof supported by pillars and walls that delineate the interior rooms. The living room, dining room and kitchen are located on the west side of the home while the master suite, three bedrooms, bathrooms and storage are located on the other side; the wine cellar is tucked away underground. A spiral staircase leads up to the accessible landscaped roof that the architects liken to a “garden of Eden.” The roof offers plenty of entertaining space with outdoor furnishings and landscape views. Immediately south of the main house is the indoor swimming pool. Related: Beautiful bamboo arches breathe new life into a bland concrete building “Nowadays, most…people have gone too far away from the villages, so when we wake up in [a] noisy city, our original human ego desires a peaceful green countryside, tranquil forests and blue sky,” note the architects. “It’s the reason for us to create a new house based on the “Old man – new coat” spirit. This design is not only a home for man return to nature but also a place where people connect together.” + TNT Architects Images by Tri?u Chi?n

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SolarBook is a powerful portable solar-powered charger that doubles as a notebook

May 23, 2016 by  
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There are oodles of portable chargers on the market, but carrying an extra gadget that serves only one purpose is inconvenient. That’s why this solar charger, called SolarBook, which doubles as a notebook is so awesome. The solar panel within SolarBook is one of the world’s most advanced and extremely efficient, with a 23% Photovoltaic conversion rate. Located on the SolarBook is a USB cable with a 5V / 960 mAh power output that will charge any USB compatible device such as your smartphone or…

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TierraFlux is a sculptural food forest that you can recreate in your own yard

January 8, 2016 by  
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Infusing ecological landscaping with inspired visionary design, artist Jeeyun Ha’s Sculptural Food Forest is an interactive art installation rooted in ecological sustainability and climate appropriate landscaping, taking ecological landscaping to the next level. Sculptural growing towers called tuteurs made of branches and surrounded with edible and native plants, a branch-woven children’s play garden, a compost basket, inspired branch fencing, and creative worm bin baskets are the main features of the installation, which is located on the front yard of a private residence in West Covina, California. The soil will be sheet mulched with swales and berms for capturing roof runoff, making it drought-friendly and appropriate for the Southern California climate. Take part in the dream of a more magical, earth friendly landscape, by contributing funding and receive sweet perks like garden and compost consultations, your own mini-tuteur (growing tower), or with a $5000 donation, your own customized Sculptural Food Forest installation! + TierraFlux on GoFundMe The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Ricoh Unveils Its Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London

August 1, 2011 by  
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Sustainable office solutions company Ricoh has just unveiled its “eco-board” billboard in London. The high-tech board is powered by solar panels and wind turbines and only lights up when it has generated enough power to do so. The new eco-board is located on the M4 motorway and uses 96 solar panels and 5 wind turbines for its self-sustained power generation. Read the rest of Ricoh Unveils Its Solar and Wind-Powered “Eco-Board” Billboard in London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable energy” , alternative energy , alternative transportation , green transportation , renewable energy , Ricoh billboard , Ricoh eco-board , solar billboard , sustainable business solutions , wind-powered billboard

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U.S. Gets First Offshore Wind Turbine Factory

February 18, 2011 by  
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While we don’t have any offshore wind farms up and running yet, we’re getting closer everyday — a few projects have gotten approval for construction and even more are in the planning stages , but until now, the turbines for those projects would have to come from Europe.  Well, not anymore.  Wind energy company Gamesa has opened the country’s first offshore wind turbine factory in Norfolk, VA. The factory is ideally located on the Mid-Atlantic coast close to many sites that have been identified as prime for offshore wind power.  Gamesa isn’t saying who their first customer will be, but the company did say that it’s looking to install turbines off the coast of Virginia, which so far has no planned projects, as well as three other yet-to-be-disclosed East Coast sites.

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New Cement is Carbon Negative

February 18, 2011 by  
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Cement is one of the most significant single sources for carbon emissions, due to the intense energy required for its production and the volumes of it that are produced annually, as well as from material itself, but an alternative is now available.

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Coast Guard Implementing Net Zero Housing

August 31, 2010 by  
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Suspended City aims to bring Rio de Janeiro in harmony with nature

March 10, 2010 by  
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Eco Factor: Sustainable architecture designed to have minimal impact on the environment. Designed by Coolie Calihan and Charles Johnson, the Cidade Suspensa (Suspended City in Brazilian Portuguese), aims to refine urban architecture and bring it in harmony with nature and the environment

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Eco Architecture: Sustainable building in SoCal boasts an ever-changing façade

December 13, 2009 by  
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Eco Factor: LEED Gold-certified residential building. The Cherokee Lofts by Pugh + Scarpa Architects is the first LEED Gold-certified mixed-use or market-rate multifamily building in Southern California. The five-story building features 2800-square-feet retail space on the first floor, and it has 12 lofts located on the second, third and fourth floors.

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