A 1950s house receives a bioclimatic renovation in Mexico

July 23, 2018 by  
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When Mexican architecture practice Hector Delmar Arquitectura was tapped to renovate a dark and dated 1950s house in the city of Naucalpan, it did more than just update the dwelling to modern standards. The architects dramatically opened the existing structure up to light and the outdoors, expanded the footprint to a site area of 8,288 square feet and applied bioclimatic and sustainable strategies such as radiant floors and solar photovoltaic panels. The breezy home — called the C260 House — erases boundaries between the light-filled interiors and the lushly-planted landscape. Set on an old garden with large trees, the original 1950s flat-roofed house suffered from a lack of ventilation . In renovating the building, the architects began by tearing back layers of materials applied to the building after numerous alterations to reveal 21-centimeter-thick brick walls and concrete slabs that the architects retained as their starting point. The team also knocked down some walls to expose the home to cross breezes and installed thin protruding roofs to offer shelter from the elements and to give the residence an airy  pavilion -like feel throughout. The team also focused on using reclaimed and recycled materials in renovating the old home. “Carpentry and wooden features were reclaimed from demolition, also timber beams were reclaimed from a demolished restaurant nearby and used for shading the terrace and other additions,” the architects said. Related: This sustainable bioclimatic home is made of volcanic ash and prickly pear fibers The primary rooms of the home were moved to the new addition, while the old structure is now used for secondary functions including a gymnasium, three bathrooms, a dressing room, pool and service areas. Outdoor areas were carved from the garden to further emphasize the home’s connection with the landscape, and the concrete slab slopes were modified to capture storm water and to optimize thermal mass. The house is also equipped with solar hot water heaters, water pumps, radiant floors and a solar array. + Hector Delmar Arquitectura Via ArchDaily Images via Luis Gordoa

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Gandiablasco’s Wigwams are homey spaces that let you relax outdoors in style

October 11, 2016 by  
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The wigwam-shaped design is keeps the essence of the original tipi concept and marries it with contemporary materials and finishes. It is made from aluminium and plastic sheets that can be customized in a variety of textures and colors. Its interior can fit a mini-mattress and polyurethane foam cushions covered with waterproof fabric. Wigwam looks like an oasis where people can lie back and relax. Related: Grove by SIXINCH lets you work, study and play outdoors with solar power-equipped furniture The company creates a variety of other designs as well. The Modular Al Fresco sofa follows the same structural and material logic as Wigwam, and accommodates three people in flexible configurations. Pergola , on the other hand, was designed for a larger group of people. This covered sofa references the classic outdoor pergola, with the seat and back covered with designer cushions and mini-mattresses in waterproof fabric covers. Cristal Box is a system of outdoor pergolas inspired by seventeenth-century winter gardens and combines materials made of vegetable fiber and plastic and galvanized sheeting . All the outdoor structures were designed by José A. Gandia-Blasco for GANDIABLASCO. + GANDIABLASCO

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Climb into the treetops with this French ladder tree art installation

February 2, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Climb into the treetops with this French ladder tree art installation Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , art display , art installation , france , Francois Mechain , french , ladders , L’arbre aux échelles , outdoor art , outdoor spaces , outdoors , park , Trees

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Make It Right Unveils Sustainable, Frank Gehry-Designed Two-Family Home in New Orleans

July 16, 2012 by  
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