ZHA completes LEED Gold-targeted building with worlds largest atrium in Beijing

November 22, 2019 by  
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In China’s capital city, Zaha Hadid Architects has completed the Leeza SOHO tower, a 45-story skyscraper that boasts the world’s largest atrium at 194.15 meters in height. Designed to anchor the new Fengtai business district in southwest Beijing, the futuristic tower is wrapped in a double-insulated unitized glass curtain wall system that curves around its twisting, sculptural form. In addition to double glazing, the Leeza SOHO incorporates water collection, low-flow fixtures, a green roof , photovoltaic panels and other sustainable measures to meet LEED Gold standards. Set atop an underground subway service tunnel, Leeza SOHO was strategically sited next to the business district’s rail station at the intersection of five new lines that are currently under construction. The tunnel that bisects the tower splits the building into two halves; the resulting void in between has been turned into an atrium that acts as a new public square. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects designs BREEAM-targeted terminal for electrified Rail Baltic In addition to providing panoramic views of the city, the rotated atrium also brings daylight deep into the building and doubles as a thermal chimney with an integrated ventilation system to bring clean air to the interiors. Indoor comfort is further achieved with the low-E, double-insulated glazing that ensures stable temperatures. To meet LEED Gold standards, Leeza SOHO features an advanced 3D BIM energy management system to monitor real-time environmental control and energy efficiency. Energy-saving measures include heat recovery from exhaust air; high-efficiency equipment such as pumps, fans and lighting; low-flow water fixtures and gray water flushing. Low-VOC materials were selected to minimize interior pollutants. Occupants and visitors can also enjoy plenty of bicycle parking, with 2,680 spaces available, as well as lockers and shower facilities. Underground, there are also dedicated charging spaces for electric and hybrid cars. + Zaha Hadid Architects Images by Hufton+Crow / Zaha Hadid Architects

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PaperTale app shows the ethics and sustainability of clothing with a simple scan

November 22, 2019 by  
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It’s often difficult to be a conscientious consumer. Even with the best intentions, we often just don’t have the information we need to make a truly informed decision. Sure we can observe and avoid excess packaging , but it’s challenging to get a deeper dive into the origin of materials or how employees at a plant halfway around the globe are treated. These are issues that inspired PaperTale, an app that provides information about the origin and production of certain products. The inspiration for PaperTale came to Swedish creator Bilal Bhatti after more than 15 years of witnessing the atrocities associated with fast fashion, such as worker exploitation and environmental pollution . Knowing how toxic the textile industry is to the planet and workers, he created a smart tag that allows tracking of the product through every stage of material sourcing, manufacturing and transport. Related: Good Clothing releases capsule collection made from hemp and organic cotton The smart tag provides transparency of the process so consumers can see the tale of the clothing they purchase. Traceability is achieved as businesses provide information at each stage of the process. Suppliers and buyers must register and verify each transaction independently of each other for a more comprehensive and authentic picture of the product supply chain. This information allows PaperTale to calculate an environmental footprint of the product that shows water usage and carbon emissions . Once manufacturing begins, employee hours are also tracked to ensure a fair working wage . For complete transparency, employees have access to their worker logs, via a kiosk within the factory or the app on their phones, to verify hours are properly recorded. All of the information gathered from all sources is stored using blockchain technology to enhance transparency and prevent users from manipulating the data. With a simple scan of the embedded smart tag using a smartphone, consumers can see the employees who made the garment and read their feedback about wages and working conditions . In addition, consumers can tip workers directly through the app and even contribute to crowdfund educational programs for workers or their children. PaperTale is currently campaigning on Kickstarter with a goal of just over $103,000. Rewards for pledges include clothing along with the PaperTale technology. The campaign ends December 13, 2019 with production set to begin in January if it is fully funded. + PaperTale Images via PaperTale

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This flower-clad home that spreads contagious happiness goes on sale in L.A.

July 25, 2017 by  
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A unique new home said to spread “contagious happiness” has hit the Los Angeles market—and it’s checking all the major boxes for walkability, amenities, and even sustainability. Architect and artist Cameron McNall originally designed the home, known as 4016 Tivoli, for his family, drawing inspiration from his dual careers and the California spirit of the 1960s. Wrapped in giant metallic flower cutouts, the quirky artistic home is also built to the City of Los Angeles’ “Green Building” standards. L.A. is notorious for its traffic and car-dominated landscapes, but 4016 Tivoli promises homeowners the freedom to walk and bike to nearly every imaginable amenity, from grocery stores to salons. Located on the east side of Venice in the west-Washington area known as “Silicon Beach,” the 2,700-square-foot house includes four bedrooms, a flex room, four-and-a-half baths, as well as an attached 375-square-foot studio garage that could be legally converted into an accessory dwelling unit. An 800-square-foot landscaped roof deck crowns the home and offers beautiful views that don’t compromise privacy. The beautiful rooftop includes built-in seating, hardwood decking, a gas fire pit, dining area, and a gas-heated hot tub. To create privacy and allow natural light to filter through, the architect wrapped the home with a decorative 110-foot-tall facade of computer-cut metallic flowers. The interior’s tall ceilings and white walls help create a bright, airy, and spacious living environment with framed views of the outdoors. The building’s energy-saving features include one-inch thick double-pane thermal low-E windows and doors, two high-efficiency heating/cooling units, low-flow toilets, LEDs, rain barrels, permeable pavers, 100-amp Tesla quick-charging capability, eco-compliant insulation, and remotely controlled smart home tech such as the Nest smoke detectors and Ecobee thermostats. The home is also outfitted with low VOC paints, FSC-certified wood, and other high-quality materials. Related: Gorgeous Japanese-inspired reading nook breathes new life into a Frank Gehry-designed home “I designed 4016 Tivoli for my family as a total design living experience that represents my relationship to art, architecture and design,” wrote the architect. “Although I was just a child when I lived in California in the sixties, I was very influenced by the energy and graphics of that period, everything from Warhol to the Mexico ’68 Olympics to Fillmore West concert flyers. When people walk by the house or visit inside, I am pleased that it elicits a smile and a contagious happiness.” The architect carefully curated and/or designed all the home’s furnishings, artwork, and objects to create a cohesive work of art. All of these objects and furnishings seen in the photos are included in the sale of the home. Price is not disclosed, however, 4016 Tivoli is offering tours and considering purchasing offers from qualified buyers. + 4016 Tivoli

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