Mirrored art complex in Bangkok seamlessly co-exists with the surrounding trees

June 21, 2018 by  
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A reflective facade and calculated layout blends Bangkok’s new Naiipa Art Complex into the environment. Designed by Bangkok-based Stu/D/O Architects , the mixed-use building carefully wraps around the existing trees on the property while using its mirrored cladding to camouflage the structure into the lush green backdrop. The Naiipa complex (which means “deep in the forest”) is a 25,000-square-foot building that includes an art gallery, music studio, dance studio and office space, along with restaurants and coffee shops. According to the architects, the plan was to provide a community-focused center that wouldn’t disturb the existing greenery . Stu/D/O said, “The project is named after the concept of concealing the architecture in the forest as the vision of greenery is expanded by using reflective glass all around.” Related: Gorgeous mirrored facade extension allows brick Belgian notary to blend into the landscape To create a subtle volume for the large building and its multiple uses, the design was divided into two main sections separated by a tree-filled courtyard. Building A is an elongated structure that was carefully built around an existing pink trumpet tree to protect its growth. The second building is a cube-like four-story structure. A winding multilevel walkway that connects the two buildings intertwines around the existing trees , giving visitors a chance to truly connect with nature. To disguise the complex within its surroundings, the architects used three different types of glazing to create a mirrored effect : reflective, translucent and transparent. According to the firm, the multiple glazed walls, along with the “rhythmic folding pattern” of the facade, helped accomplish the goal. The east side of the building uses a translucent double facade that helps filter direct sunlight and reduce heat on the interior. As visitors follow this facade to the entrance, the building begins to “fold,” creating a narrow entrance reminiscent of a vibrant forest. Inside, the sun’s rays are reflected off the exterior facade , creating displays of shadow and light throughout the day, again imitating a forest canopy. The structure welcomes visitors with a floating “Bird Nest” gallery that is clad in reflective glass and appears to be surrounded by trees, creating a true feeling of ‘Naiipa.’ + Stu/D/O Architects Via Archdaily Images via Stu/D/O Architects

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A striking concrete home in Ontario targets minimal environment impact

June 21, 2018 by  
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Toronto-based Teeple Architects has paired a beautiful but unusual site in Ontario with the sculptural Port Hope House, an award-winning residence that boasts a wide array of sustainable features. Located east of Toronto , the single-family rural home takes inspiration from the client’s 75-acre property that consists of a woodlot, a fallow field, an abandoned Grand Trunk railway cut and a steep cliff that falls into Lake Ontario. Built with long concrete walls, the Port Hope House appears like a rock outcropping lifting upwards. Teeple Architects carefully sited the Port Hope House to reap the advantages of the property’s four distinctive site conditions — the quiet and dark woods to the north, the open fallow field, the rail cut that hints at man’s intervention and the dramatic lake embankment to the south. The project was rendered as a “tectonic expression” that rises from the earth as a single, curving volume and then splits into two framed volumes so natural light can penetrate deep inside the home. “As an architectural composition, the project offers a unique interpretation of the domestic space — a fundamental object of architectural inquiry — based on the particular experiences and opportunities of a site,” Teeple Architects explained. “Expressed as a small handful of sculptural but restrained moves, the project breaks the mold of contemporary home design in imagining the house as a natural form, an organic but certainly not pre-ordained result of creative exchange between architect, client and environment.” Related: Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum is sustainably built from CNC-milled beetle-kill timber To minimize its environmental footprint, the light-filled house features a high-performance envelope with heat-mirror film glazing and follows passive solar principles. The long concrete walls offer high thermal mass and are clad with charcoal zinc siding. Water and sewage are treated on site to reduce reliance on the grid. Rainwater is harvested for irrigation, and geothermal energy has been tapped for heating. + Teeple Architects Images by Scott Norsworthy

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A classic old home in China is transformed with a mirror-clad exhibition space

July 24, 2015 by  
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This Mirror-Clad Japanese Cafe Reflects the Gorgeous Cherry Blossoms Surrounding It

November 28, 2014 by  
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Colorado Team Find Star Trek-Like Invisible Shield 7,200 Miles Above the Earth

November 28, 2014 by  
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Shields up! A team from the University of Colorado Boulder have discovered an “invisible shield” approximately 7,200 miles above Earth. The shield reportedly blocks so-called “killer electrons” that travel around the planet at near-light speed and can potentially threaten astronauts, fry satellites and damage electrical systems during solar storms. Read the rest of Colorado Team Find Star Trek-Like Invisible Shield 7,200 Miles Above the Earth Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: electrons , killer electrons , light speed , radiation belt , radiation shield , star trek , Star Trek invisible belt , University of Colorado Boulder , Van Allen radiation belt

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Sea Mirror: Yann Kersalé’s Dazzling LED and Heliostat Installation Opens in Sydney

December 9, 2013 by  
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Native Trails Uses Reclaimed Wine Barrels To Create Unique Bathroom Furniture

December 5, 2012 by  
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The San Luis Obispo-based artisan furnishings company  Native Trails  celebrates culture and the environment by creating inspiring bathroom and kitchen furnishings and fixtures with natural and sustainable materials. For the company’s Vintner’s Collection , Native Trails has produced a line of vanities and accessories made from salvaged winemaking materials. The collection of unique sinks in the  Central Coast of California  celebrates the wine culture by repurposing French and domestic oak barrels into fine vanities, wet bars and mirrors. Read the rest of Native Trails Uses Reclaimed Wine Barrels To Create Unique Bathroom Furniture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Artisan , Bathrooms , bordeaux , Cabernet , Chardonnay , Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association , French oak barrels , Furnishings Fixtures , mirrors , native trails , Reclaimed Materials , San Luis Obispo , vanities , Wine Barrels

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The San Luis Obispo-based artisan furnishings company  Native Trails  celebrates culture and the environment by creating inspiring bathroom and kitchen furnishings and fixtures with natural and sustainable materials. For the company’s Vintner’s Collection , Native Trails has produced a line of vanities and accessories made from salvaged winemaking materials. The collection of unique sinks in the  Central Coast of California  celebrates the wine culture by repurposing French and domestic oak barrels into fine vanities, wet bars and mirrors. Read the rest of Native Trails Uses Reclaimed Wine Barrels To Create Unique Bathroom Furniture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Artisan , Bathrooms , bordeaux , Cabernet , Chardonnay , Decorative Plumbing and Hardware Association , French oak barrels , Furnishings Fixtures , mirrors , native trails , Reclaimed Materials , San Luis Obispo , vanities , Wine Barrels

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B House is an Awesome Prefabricated Off-Grid Home in Kumamoto, Japan

December 5, 2012 by  
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