Cramped 19th-century mansion becomes a bright and open modern residence

March 16, 2017 by  
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The renovation of this 19th-century mansion near Paris highlights the historic elements of the original building, while optimizing its spatial organization to fit modern living. 05AM Arquitectura restored the characteristic features of 19th century home while opening the interior of the house toward the rear garden to embrace the outdoors. The owners of the house– a couple with two young children – commissioned 05AM Arquitectura to restore it to its former glory and make its interior compatible with their daily life. Located in Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, a commune in the southeastern suburbs of Paris , Maison à Colombages featured ornate ceilings and wall moldings, a fireplace, alcoves and a layout that divided the interior into relatively small, poorly lit rooms. Related: Beautiful 19th century Tuscan farmhouse renovated with hollow terra-cotta bricks The architects removed some of the existing partitions and connected the main living area with the dining room and kitchen. They improved the functionality of the entry and added built-in furniture with storage areas and wardrobes. This intervention drastically improved natural lighting and established a stronger connection with the garden. + 05AM Arquitectura Via Plataforma Arquitectura Photos by Adrià Goula

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5 companies leading the charge on net zero building

August 1, 2016 by  
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From building controls to dynamic glass to natural lighting, these names are looking up.

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Massive stone walls rotate to bring natural light inside this extraordinary Indian home

July 6, 2016 by  
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The house, called Moving Landscapes, is located near the city of Ahmedabad in India . It was built for a successful real-estate developer and his family, and designed as a linear pavilion with three equal wings that meander around existing trees in order to preserve them. The central volumes house the main living quarters, while the others accommodate the private spaces. Bedrooms occupy two stories of the wings and are filled with modern Italian furniture, including a Möbius strip -shaped bar made of stainless steel. Related: Australia’s Pittwater House opens and closes with timber shade facade A monolithic 15-foot-tall wall clad in stone opens to reveal the interior of the house, transforming from a continuous volume into an array of panels that rotate around their central axes to reveal the second, glass layer of the envelope. They also provide an abundance of natural light and facilitate natural ventilation. Thanks to a concealed motorized system the house fluctuates from acting as a glass pavilion to becoming a solid volume. + Matharoo Associates Photos by Edmund Sumner , @edmundsumner

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Vestas shakes up wind power with a 12-blade turbine tower

July 6, 2016 by  
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It’s expensive to transport wind turbines , which adds to the cost of wind power . Seeking to bring those costs down, Danish wind turbine company Vestas decided to tack on more rotors to get the most out of a turbine tower. They’re currently testing a multi-rotor design at the Technical University of Denmark that has four rotors and 12 blades. The company announced earlier this month on Facebook that their new turbine generated its first kilowatt hour (kWh) of power. The multi-rotor turbine doesn’t have the three blades typical on most wind turbines, but 12. The turbine being tested has a ” tip height ” of 74 meters, or around 242 feet, because the testing site restricts tip height to 75 meters. Vestas is using 1990’s refurbished nacelles (or the covers for ” working parts ” of the wind turbine) to explore the concept. Related: Giant turbine blades could bring exponential growth to U.S. wind power market One potential drawback of the multi-rotor design is that if one component breaks or stops functioning, Vestas would have to make rapid adjustments so the rest of the turbine could offset the flaw. Real-time monitoring would be therefore crucial. CleanTechnica speculates that could be why the company is using refurbished parts rather than creating new parts for the new multi-rotor turbine. In their Facebook post announcing the first kWh, Senior Specialist, Electrical, Load & Control Erik Carl Lehnskov Miranda said they planned to keep testing ” various software functions .” Vestas added, “…by 2020 as much as 10 percent of the world’s electricity consumption will be satisfied by energy from the wind … [and] we have the confidence to say that wind power is an industry on par with coal and gas.” Via CleanTechnica Images courtesy of Vestas Wind Systems A/S

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New LEGO headquarters in Denmark modeled after its famous toy bricks

July 6, 2016 by  
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LEGO Group plans to add a new headquarters in Denmark , and the global hub will be designed by architect C.F. Møller , also from Denmark. The building itself will be home to a collaborative work (and play) space, according to the company’s mission, while the exterior grounds will consist of a park open to the public. With influence taken straight from the famous toy bricks, Møller’s design will include a LEGO People House, a colorful atrium, and architectural features built right on top of recognizable LEGO elements. The new office complex will be located in Billund, Denmark and will serve as a hub for the company’s global headquarters. To create the design, the architect will take cues from LEGO employees who contributed their input en masse, and the resulting office space will represent the two major aims of the toymaker: work and play. The LEGO People House is an informal space, where employees and visitors “can be physically active and socialize, both during and outside working hours,” according to Claus Flyger Pejstrup, Senior Vice President at the LEGO Group, and responsible for the LEGO Group Headquarters in Denmark. Related: First bricks laid for BIG’s LEGO house in Denmark The LEGO Group employs more than 17,000 people around the world, of which more than 4,000 LEGO® employees of 35 nationalities work in Denmark, spanning product development, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, quality and various other functions. The new building will be the company’s main hub in Billund, spanning 52,000 square meters, and will incorporate energy efficiency features as well as numerous green spaces. “We want a distinct office building that clearly conveys the LEGO values, and which truly expresses the creative, innovative culture of our company,” said Pejstrup. “I am very excited that we can now present our vision for this new building, both to our employees and to the community.” + C.F. Møller + LEGO Group Images via C.F. Møller

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Thong House in Vietnam redefines the traditional townhouse

April 14, 2016 by  
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Mecanoo wins competition to design the Tainan Public Library with natural materials

February 24, 2016 by  
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Tidy Japanese home mimics the greenhouse effect to keep warm

December 23, 2015 by  
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OBBA built this affordable 538-square-feet daylit house in Seoul for a newlywed couple and their cats

November 20, 2015 by  
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CAAU transforms an old cotton mill into a gorgeous office space in the north of France

October 21, 2015 by  
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