Solar-powered home takes advantage of Silicon Valleys mild climate

August 9, 2018 by  
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San Francisco-based architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson recently completed the Los Altos Residence, a modernist family home for a couple who strives to be environmentally conscious. Located in Los Altos in northern Silicon Valley , the home and adjacent guesthouse boasts an energy-efficient design that follows passive cooling principles and is equipped with renewable energy systems. The low-slung residence mimics the Northern California ranch-style home with a distinctly modernist slant marked with clean lines and a restrained material palette. The Los Altos Residence comprises two buildings: a main residence of 4,151 square feet and an additional 479-square-foot guesthouse. The existing landscape played a large part in the design of the site-specific home, which is organized around a mature Japanese maple tree. The windows and doors were strategically placed to frame views of the diverse landscaping surrounding the home and to take advantage of cooling cross breezes. “The home is detailed with a natural, crisp palette, reflecting the client’s fondness for simplicity and tranquility,” explains Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in its project statement. “A variety of woods, including Douglas fir , western red cedar, and gray elm, are used throughout and provide a sense of warmth directly contrasted by exposed structural steel, polished concrete floors, and a textured concrete fireplace. A locally sourced Claro walnut table, measuring 10-feet in length, creates a comfortable dining space, its live edge balancing the clean lines of the living room. Additional furnishings reinforce the client’s desire for a minimalist environment.” Related: This modern vacation home embraces indoor-outdoor living in Ontario In addition to passive cooling and use of the stack effect in the double-height living space, the energy-conscious Los Altos Residence is also equipped with photovoltaic and domestic hot-water rooftop panels to offset electricity consumption. Energy is further conserved with a highly insulated building envelope and large overhangs that block unwanted solar gain. Concrete radiant floors also provide added warmth in the winter season. + Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Images by Nic Lehoux

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Light Cannon House in Sydney references the scultpural roof forms of Le Corbusier’s famous La Tourette monastery

February 3, 2016 by  
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Gorgeous Miesian-inspired glass pavilion floats above a natural dam

June 24, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Gorgeous Miesian-inspired glass pavilion floats above a natural dam Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “natural materials” , Glass Pavilion , Matthew Woodward Architect , mies van der rohe , modernist architecture , pavilion , Somersby , spa and guesthouse , Wirra Willa Pavilion , Wirra Willa Pavilion by Matthew Woodward Architect

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Meet Pepper, the world’s first robot who can understand your feelings

June 24, 2015 by  
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The latest iPhone edition. Rolling Stones tickets. An adorable and emotionally intelligent robot . These are things that sell out in no time flat. The last one – called “Pepper” – is the diminutive robot from Aldebaran , a subsidiary of Japan’s SoftBank Robotics Corporation , that is designed to understand your feelings. Pepper is so coveted that the first 1,000 models of this artificial companion reportedly sold out online in under sixty seconds. Read the rest of Meet Pepper, the world’s first robot who can understand your feelings Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aldebaran , artificial intelligence , emotionally intelligent robot , pepper robot , pepper the robot , robot learns feelings , robot understands feelings , robot who understands feelings , robots and children , softbank , world’s first robot with feelings

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