Waterstudio unveils the world’s first floating timber tower

November 14, 2019 by  
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Amsterdam-based design firm Waterstudio is already well-known for its incredible floating architecture, but it continues to break ground in the world of innovative design. Now, the firm, which is led by Koen Olthuis, has unveiled the world’s first floating timber tower. Slated for the waters of Rotterdam, the tower is made out of CLT and will house office space, a public green park and a restaurant with a terrace. Waterstudio’s most recent project is a contemporary take on floating architecture. The 130-foot-tall tower will be made out of cross-laminated timber, making the structure much lighter than concrete builds. Additionally, working with CLT means the building will be made with a renewable resource , providing the city of Rotterdam with a cutting-edge sustainable landmark. The tower will also make use of large expanses of glass to let plenty of natural light into the interior. Abundant vegetation, including pocket gardens planted with vegetables, will be found throughout the tower — inside and out. Related: Waterstudio.nl’s Sea Tree is a protected floating habitat for flora and fauna According to Olthuis, the building’s design is akin to a sheet of paper that has been pushed together until a tower forms in the middle. The base of the tower is located on a flat platform, which will be covered in vegetation. Rising up from the deck, the tower’s facade is marked by a series of V-shaped columns. Inside, a spacious atrium will be flooded with natural light . Although the tower will be mainly used as office space , there are several areas slated for the public. With offices located on the upper floors, the lower floors and main deck will house several publicly accessible spaces, such as a gallery and a coffee bar. Also on the lower deck, a restaurant will feature a beautiful terrace that provides stunning views of the harbor. For additional space, a lush, green courtyard will let workers and visitors enjoy fresh air day or night. This area is designed to be a flexible space for various functions and events happening year-round. + Waterstudio Images via Waterstudio

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How to Lower Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

March 4, 2019 by  
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Sparky might be your best friend — but he’s not exactly eco-friendly. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to lower your pet’s environmental impact. The post How to Lower Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint appeared first on Earth911.com.

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An exploration in diesel, courtesy of BMW

October 7, 2013 by  
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I’m excited to announce that this week I will be test-driving a BMW 328D and reporting back to you, dear readers, on the experience. When BMW first approached me and offered me their new diesel sedan to test-drive, I was a little confused. Knowing virtually nothing about diesel, except the mental image in my head of giant 18 wheeler diesel freight trucks spewing sooty black smoke, I wondered why would a green-car enthusiast like myself would be interested in diesel . Then I started wikipediaing… Turns out that diesel is highly efficient, much more so than traditional gasoline. Read the rest of An exploration in diesel, courtesy of BMW Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BMW 3 Series , BMW 328d , BMW diesel , diesel car , is diesel green        

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Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden

October 7, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Team Alberta’s Borealis Solar Decathlon Home Features a Stunning Air-Filtering Indoor Vertical Garden Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , 2013 solar decathlon , California , Department of Energy , DOE , DOE competition , Doe Solar Decathlon , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , irvine , net zero , net zero home , prefab home , SD 2013 , Solar Decathlon , solar decathlon 2013 , solar home , student project , student team , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , Team Alberta Borealis , top 6 teams to watch , Zero energy        

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PLEASE HELP: Desperate Lower Manhattan Struggles For Water, Food, Communication

November 2, 2012 by  
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How Energy Star is Working on the Green Data Center of the Future

February 16, 2012 by  
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With two new specs on the horizon — for storage and power supplies — and a long-awaited update for servers, Energy Star is digging in deep to greening the hardware that runs so much of the economy.

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4 Innovative Startups that Lower Costs of Commercial Energy Audits

February 16, 2012 by  
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Although an energy audit is an extremely useful tool in the sustainability toolbox, it is also usually a labor- and cost-intensive process. But these four firms are helping to make them affordable for any company.

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Assembly New York’s Minimalist Womenswear Takes its Cues from Menswear

February 12, 2012 by  
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Assembly New York debuted its minimalist new womenswear collection in an understated venue in the Lower East Side at New York Fashion Week . The Fall/Winter 2012 collection, designed Greg Armas and Claire Lampert, features simple, androgynous looks with a mix of high-waisted pants, floor-length trench coats, and simply-cut sweaters. And best of all, all of the clothes are produced right here in New York, an Assembly New York sales and projects associate tells Ecouterre . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accessories , assembly new york , Claire Lampert , eco-fashion , ecouterre , Fashion , fashion design , Greg Armas , New York Fashion Week 2012 , NYC

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Assembly New York’s Minimalist Womenswear Takes its Cues from Menswear

February 12, 2012 by  
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Assembly New York debuted its minimalist new womenswear collection in an understated venue in the Lower East Side at New York Fashion Week . The Fall/Winter 2012 collection, designed Greg Armas and Claire Lampert, features simple, androgynous looks with a mix of high-waisted pants, floor-length trench coats, and simply-cut sweaters. And best of all, all of the clothes are produced right here in New York, an Assembly New York sales and projects associate tells Ecouterre . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: accessories , assembly new york , Claire Lampert , eco-fashion , ecouterre , Fashion , fashion design , Greg Armas , New York Fashion Week 2012 , NYC

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John Patrick Organic Crafts a Beautiful Vision at Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week

February 12, 2012 by  
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John Patrick of Organic never ceases to impress us with his take on eco-fashion. For his Fall/Winter 2012 collection presented at  New York Fashion Week , he had a very specific inspiration, a photo by 19th century British photographer Julia Margaret Cameron,   “A Beautiful Vision, Julia Duckworth.” Filled with digitally printed silk dresses and biodegradable Cupro quilted vests, it’s definitely worth clicking ahead and checking out the rest of the line! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cupro , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , Fall/Winter 2012 , green fashion , john patrick , john patrick organic , new york fashion week , New York Green Fashion Week , Organic , Raleigh Denim , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style , vegetable-tanned leather

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