Case House: A Daring Loft-Style Home With Playful Twisting Staircases

September 18, 2016 by  
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Though Case is located in a typical suburban subdivision, Jun Igarashi Architects’ final design is anything but traditional. The minimalist, cuboid form features a completely open plan and loft-style arrangement beneath 23-foot tall ceilings. From the first floor living room, a white curving staircase with handrails twists and rises to meet a wooden mezzanine play area suspended by thin steel rods. A second white staircase curves to an adjacent loft space with two beds. A wooden ladder leads from that bedroom area to a storage space above. Large rectangular openings were cut out from full height wall partitions, creating a sense of spaciousness and extending views from the living room and loft areas into the kitchen and bathroom beyond. Playful and curvy corridors connect each partitioned section of the house. Square windows of varying sizes punctuate a façade lined with timber planks that shrink in height from the top to the bottom of the structure. Stainless steel wire frames cascade from the sides of the building to provide structure for a future living green wall that will add a buffer zone between the house and its surroundings. + Jun Igarashi Architects Via Dezeen Images © Daici Ano

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Playful Twisting Staircases Transform Case House into Daring Loft-Style Living

January 28, 2014 by  
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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

January 28, 2014 by  
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About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious evolution, but hardly a new one. Leaf-cutter ants tapped into sustainable agriculture some 50 million years before us. These busy little beasts spend their days harvesting leaves and trucking them, one-by-one, down, in the ground, to get out, of the rain. Boom boom. But instead of eating the leaves, leaf-cutters masticate them into a thick fluffy paste, spit it into their special growrooms, and fertilize it with their own feces. Before long, the domesticated fungus they adore sprouts forth. These hard-working farmers even evolved fungicides to keep marauding non-edible mushrooms out. Humans farms are pretty fantastic too. Somehow, we manage to feed the vast bloom of global humanity (more or less). But our agricultural techniques require endless inputs: water from far away, petroleum-intensive fertilizers and pesticides that accumulate in our water, soil, and bodies. Meanwhile, the endless rows of identical corn and wheat are dangerously vulnerable to climate change , and glaringly obvious to insects that want to eat them. What can we learn from nature about sustainable farming ? Find out in today’s entry of   The Biomimicry Manual ! Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable agriculture” , biomimicry , green fertilizer , leaf-cutter ants , pesticide resistance , pesticides , prairie , the land institute , Urban Farming , vertical farming        

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