A former leather tannery is transformed into an apartment trio in Lisbon

July 20, 2018 by  
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Lisbon-based architecture firm Aurora Arquitectos has breathed new life into a former leather tannery in the capital of Portugal. Five years in the making, the recently completed apartment refurbishment project turns a single floor into three independent apartments covering a total area of 3,385 square feet. To celebrate the building’s original 18th-century architectural style, the architects applied elements of Pombaline design in their renovation, including modular elements and a pared-back aesthetic. Dubbed the 3 Pombalino Apartments, the adaptive reuse project is located on the upper floor of a multi-story corner building. Inside, the floor plan wraps around a central staircase with a large light-filled void. The architects preserved the majority of the existing walls and added additional walls and doors to split the open spaces into smaller rooms. Each apartment features a unique layout and is fitted with two bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as a hall, kitchen, storage, living room and dining space. “When this space was refurbished and divided into 3 apartments, the following principles were adopted: To maintain the pre-modern logic of circulation between rooms, without any corridors or small distribution spaces, adapt the intervention to the existing partitioning , and decrease the need for demolitions, so that the integrity of the existing structure is preserved,” explain Aurora Arquitectos. Related: Derelict property transformed into a vibrant, sunny hostel in Portugal Elements of the Pombalino Style, an 18th-century architectural style that defined buildings in Lisbon after 1755, had been scrubbed away from the space due to “aggressive” industrial use by the former leather tannery. The architects sought to restore the Pombalino interior architecture and so focused on introducing sparsely decorated spaces, modular construction and an emphasis on windows and doors as “the main elements of the architectonic characterization.” The architects add: “This way, the identity of the common space is composed by the sum of the individual parts.” + Aurora Arquitectos Images © do mal o menos

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This mesmerizing lamp reacts to earthquakes across the globe in real time

January 19, 2018 by  
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This minimalist lamp responds in real time to earthquakes around the world. French artist Fabien Bouchard , who works under the name Parse/Error , linked the lamp to the data from IRIS ( Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology ) to which it reacts by emitting light pulses and rumble-like sounds when an earthquake occurs. The clean, simple design makes the Earthquake Lamp a beautiful object for any home, but its purpose makes it more than a beautiful light source . The artist, who lived through the great 2011 T?hoku earthquake in Japan , drew inspiration from this devastating event and created an object that would offer a tangible connection to the Earth and the power of nature. Related: 14 brilliant new lighting designs that will inspire you Its shape– a flattened planisphere that represents the axis of the longitudes– gives off light and sound pulses that change according to the location, magnitude and duration of earthquake across the globe. Linked to a sub-woofer, the Earthquake Lamp produces an impressive rumble that will stop you in your tracks and induce a sense of both fascination and anxiety. + ParseError

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Nissan to start selling rooftop solar panels and batteries

January 19, 2018 by  
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Tesla’s model of selling electric cars and solar panels seems to appeal to other automakers too – now Nissan is getting in on the game with Nissan Energy Solar . The company recently launched the service to sell rooftop panels along with their battery storage product xStorage Home . Their press release says United Kingdom residents equipped with solar products could save as much as 66 percent on their power bills. Nissan describes Nissan Energy Solar as an all-in-one solution. They’re offering three different panel options: the competitively priced Value option, the most efficient Efficiency option, or the Design option, which boasts panels integrated on rooftops. Combine that with the xStorage Home battery storage product, and Nissan hopes it will be easier for UK residents to enjoy the benefits of renewable energy – although with Nissan Energy Solar homeowners can opt to buy just solar power , just storage, or both. Users can charge up a Nissan Leaf or e-NV200 with the system. Related: Nissan’s xStorage battery for the home rivals Tesla’s Powerwall Nissan makes the case for why a buyer should choose their products over another company’s on the Nissan Energy Solar website: “We have partnered with some of the world’s largest and most advanced energy companies to provide our customers with a fully integrated product range, seamless service, and genuine value. Our products are some of the most sustainable on the market, giving a second life to batteries from our electric vehicles and maximizing our use of recyclable materials .” The company will perform LiDAR remote analysis of rooftops to optimize solar panels, according to Motoring Research . A six-panel system costs £3,881, which is around $5,383, including installation. Full Solar and Storage systems start at £7,635, around $10,589. The company’s products are designed, per Motoring Research, to be more affordable than Tesla’s. The Nissan New Energy website says the systems will be on sale soon. + Nissan Energy Solar + Nissan UK Via Motoring Research Images via Nissan

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Portuguese winery transformed into a minimalist and modern home

September 8, 2017 by  
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A 20th century winery has traded barrels of grapes for family gatherings thanks to the efforts of Extrastudio . The Lisbon-based architecture firm transformed the former winery into a light-filled home in Azeitao, a small village in southern Portugal. The architects retained the gabled structure’s original building footprint, but refreshed its look with a red-colored render that gives the building its new name—the Red House. Built in the 20th century by the client’s grandparents, the winery has been overhauled into a minimalist and modern dwelling complemented with a black-bottomed pool. Despite its contemporary interior, the home exudes rustic appeal thanks to its gabled roofline and uneven application of red-colored render. The facade’s patchy and pinkish appearance, which changes over time, echoes the look of the original weathered walls. “A natural red pigment was added to the mortar, to reinforce the building’s presence, allowing the house to age gradually and changing its tonality, without ever requiring a coat of paint,” said the Extrastudio, according to Dezeen . “Over the days and months, the colour of the house alters, lighter or darker depending on the humidity, almost black when it rains.” The render derives its color from powdered brick and heat-treated clay, a material that protects the facade against weathering damage. Related: 100% solar-powered winery keeps naturally cool with cork-insulated roofs Natural light fills the Red House, which is dominated by white-painted interiors, pale concrete floors, and tall ceilings. Mirrors line the living room to further reflect light. Full-height black glass doors stretch the width of the garden-facing facade on the ground floor and slide completely open to expand the living space to the outdoors. The ground floor comprises the communal areas, arranged in an open-plan layout, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are placed on the floor above. A small room occupies the attic. + Extrastudio Via Dezeen Images via Extrastudio

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This stunning vintage Airstream is a Scandinavian design dream come true

June 1, 2017 by  
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We always love a great Airstream conversion , and this Scandinavian-inspired renovation is making us green with design envy. Natasha Lawyer and Brett Bashaw renovated the vintage 1971 Airstream Sovereign by implementing simple, but gorgeous design principles inspired by Scandinavian functionality. Using white walls and semi-minimalistic decor, the tiny 200-square-feet space is now a beautiful home the couple affectionately calls their “ Tin Can Homestead .” The adventurous couple are no strangers to breathing life into vintage vehicles. Before buying the old airstream, they converted a 1978 Volkswagen van into a livable camper to travel around the country. Once that trip was over, they had been permanently bitten by the tiny home living bug and decided to buy the 1971 Airstream, which gave them more living space. After one year of renovations and restorations, they now have a beautiful 200-square-foot home with an amazing interior. Related: 7 retro-chic Airstream renovations The Tin Can Homestead is a stunning example of Airstream conversion done right. The renovation process as well as the interior design was inspired by Scandinavian design, meaning that the process focused on custom-made furniture and a clean, clutter-free design. The result is a living space that is light and airy, but doesn’t take itself too seriously. All-white walls and ceilings open up the interior, which is enhanced with fun hints of colors, warm wood tones, and personal knick-knacks from the couple’s travels. The couple’s most prized possession – besides their two little dogs – is a patterned daybed mattress that adds a hint of “bohemian eclectic glam” to the interior design . The kitchen design is an enviable space thanks to its clutter-free layout and simple black-and-white tiled backsplash. The bedroom is also a warm space, with a king-size bed that is big enough for 6-foot tall Bashaw. The camper is equipped with plenty of storage and various hanging plants around the home also enhance the healthy, airy atmosphere. Although the transformation resulted in a beautifully mellow space, the conversion process was anything but uncomplicated. When asked about the hardest part of the process, Lawyer said that building furniture to fit around the airstream’s curves presented quite the challenge, “Never again will I build furniture to fit inside what is basically a Twinkie.” Such a dreamy day in Seattle today so I threw open all the windows and did a little planting. A post shared by tin can homestead (@tincanhomestead) on May 3, 2017 at 4:30pm PDT The couple recently sold the home to a new family, but you can check out tons of dreamy photos of the Tin Can Homestead on their Instagram page. + Tin Can Homestead Via Apartment Therapy

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Glowing see-through garden house lets plants soak up the sun

May 31, 2017 by  
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Sometimes less really is more. This beautiful glowing home by H.a Architects was inspired by just one thing – lush greenery. Located in Ho Chi Minh City , the Less Home is clad in perforated white metal that lets in optimal natural light for the abundant vegetation that weaves throughout the interior. The home’s two-story tower design had to be strategic to make the most out of the small plot of land where the building stands. The compact space, which currently houses a family of seven, led the architects to create a flexible interior layout. Composed of various moveable partition s, the system allows the family to customize different layouts throughout the lifetime of the home. Related: Renovated Vietnamese home ‘sewn’ together with intricate steel threads On the interior, the design is minimalist in terms of furniture and decoration, instead using lush vegetation as the foremost design feature. Inspired by the surrounding tropical environment, the designers wanted to pull the exterior inside as much as possible. As a result, various trees and garden pockets are distributed throughout the home, creating a healthy, vibrant greenhouse feel. The home’s perforated white cladding helps feed the vegetation, which in return, provides clean breathing environment for the family, something especially important in a city known for its urban pollution . Via Archdaily Photography by Quang Dam  

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Breath-taking courtyard hidden inside recently renovated colonial home in Merida

January 12, 2017 by  
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Secluded behind a quiet turquoise wall in the historic center of Merida is the recently renovated Casa Remate. Local design firm AS Arquitectura began work on the home years ago, slowly transforming the once-decaying building into a sophisticated minimalist design centered around a breath-taking courtyard. Considering that the building is located in a historic part of Merida, the architects had to work with the existing structure. Working within those building restrictions , the design called for focusing on creating a soothing interior space that leads to the heart of the home: the central courtyard. Related: Subtle hacienda renovation in Mexico marries contemporary and vernacular design Like many traditional colonial constructions in Mexico, the living quarters revolve around a central patio, which, in return, brings in optimal natural light and ventilation to the home. Taking into account the historic character of the project, the design team chose to convert this central space into a welcoming, open-air living area, respectfully reconfigured to “maintain the sense of serenity, silence, intimacy and surprise that has characterized the colonial homes of our city.” The renovation process also called for adding a new wing to the design, which now houses the kitchen, bathroom and extra bedroom. The master bedroom and a studio are on the top floor, reached by the large exterior staircase. On the very top of the building is also a large rooftop terrace , which serves as a private refuge with incredible views of the historic center. For building materials , the architects once again went with tradition, choosing a polished white cement for the exterior stairs and terraces, which contrasts nicely with the textured exterior walls. This polished cement was also used in the kitchen, bathroom and even some furniture to bring a cohesive feel to interior and exterior space. + AS Arquitectura Via Platforma Arquitectura Photographs by Rolando Córdoba

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YOD Studio adds gorgeous new cabins to Ukraine’s forested Relax Park Verholy

September 26, 2016 by  
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Clad in vertical strips of different-shades, the cabins blend with the pine forest without disrupting its beauty. Each cabin was prefabricated using lightweight materials and stands on stilts to protect the forest’s existing root system. Related: YOD Design Lab’s modern cabins mirror the forest in Ukraine An open-plan design , natural materials and minimalist palette ensure peaceful interiors that invite guests to relax. Large glazed doors frame the forest, and when open, welcoming woodland scents indoors. The bathroom area is enclosed with a two-way, floor-to-ceiling glass wall that is dark on the inside for privacy, and frosted on the outside to allow natural light to permeate the interiors. + YOD Studio Via Architizer Photos by Andre Avdeenko

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Inhabitat spends the night in a Harvard-designed tiny cabin in the woods

August 22, 2016 by  
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For our first Getaway excursion we spent a night in the Maisie , a 160-square-foot mobile cabin built for two to three dwellers. Prior to our visit were told that the cabin would be in the general vicinity of New York’s Catskills, but were purposefully not given the exact address until the day of our arrival for extra adventurous appeal. The cabin was easily discoverable by GPS and we shared a campsite with two other Getaway cabins, though each was set apart with enough room to still feel quite secluded. We were immediately impressed by the cabin’s minimalist and functional design. Its light timber interior was complimented by cozy bean bag chairs, a bed with fresh white linens, a fully stocked kitchen, ample lighting, and large tree-filled windows. We were especially surprised by the fact that the kitchen was filled with all the sundries one might need; pots, pans, cooking utensils, a hot plate, olive oil, a provisions box with snacks for purchase, and a delightful assortment of books and games. We made dinner on a pint-sized grill by the campfire, basked under a starry sky, and finished the night with a rousing game of Shut the Box . It was everything we’d hope it would be – a comfortable and magical summer night’s escape. RELATED: Harvard student startup lets you test-drive tiny house living for just $99 a night A Getaway experience is one level above glamping with a hot shower, electric toilet and a mini fridge. While these luxurious amenities are available, guests should remain mindful of their water and electric usage and note to conserve flushes of the electric toilet — 15 flushes were allotted. As in any tent or house, you’ll also want to keep the doors and windows closed and the bugs out (even so, we did wake up with a few bites). So, would we stay in a Getaway cabin again? We’re still big fans of the old fashioned tent, but having a little taste of off-grid living made us feel right at home. If you’ve ever wanted to live in a tiny home, this is a great way to test it out without taking the plunge. Getaway currently offers four different-sized models in New York and three in Boston . + Getaway Images by Laura Mordas-Schenkein for Inhabitat and by Getaway

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Stylish Shanghai eatery promotes the goodness of their food with a greenhouse-like design

July 25, 2016 by  
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Located on the Tongji University campus, the chic ???BAOBAO restaurant places the open kitchen within a greenhouse -like structure, giving patrons a full view of the baozi-making process through glazed windows. The 62-square-meter space is filled with natural light and brings the campus’ leafy surroundings indoors through full-height windows and the addition of indoor plants and green tiles. Hanging bulb lights illuminate the interior and complement the minimalist vibe of the timber house-like frameworks. Related: T.Bar: enormous living green walls of lichen and moss line refreshing Panama Fusion restaurant The combination of timber elements and greenery gives the interior a fresh and nature-infused character. Seating is also extended to the outdoors with a patio lined with bluestone cobbles and shielded with angled solar shades decorated with ???BAOBAO graphics. “Linehouse created a spatial narrative that married with the brand’s ethos: from garden to plate, using the freshest vegetables in handcrafted baozi,” write the designers. “In doing so they played with the concept of inserting a glass greenhouse building for the exhibition and growth of plants.” + Linehouse Via ArchDaily Images via Linehouse © Dirk Weiblen

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