Over 1,000 spinning pinwheels make up a moving garden at Euroflora 2018

May 7, 2018 by  
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ENTER Studio and OBR have created a pop-up installation designed in the image of an ornamental Baroque garden with modern and playful flair. Created for the famous international flower show Euroflora 2018 in Genoa, Italy, the pop-up landscape—known as “Locus Amoenus”—comprises 1,200 white pinwheels arranged like a floating flowerbed encircling a timber patio. The project was created as part of the show’s open competition “Wonder in the Parks” that challenges designers to rethink the concept of a garden . Locus Amoenus—Latin for “pleasant place”—is a phrase referring to an idealized place of comfort that has been used through the ages, from Homer to Shakespeare. According to the project statement: “Locus Amoenus is the result of a reflection on the relationship between project and context. In particular, it is the setting of the historic park that has led to the reinterpretation of some of the frequent components in the tradition of designing green areas.” Related: Build your own indoor garden with modular LEGO-like blocks The interactive installation comprises three components: the Field, the Pinwheel Garden, and the Patio. The Field refers to the grassy open site; the Patio is the circular wooden platform punctuated in the center by the Baroque-inspired water tank and calla lily flowers; and the Pinwheel Garden recalls the traditional ornamental gardens with 1,200 white flower-like pinwheels of varying heights that give the project its playful feel. + ENTER Studio + OBR Images by Anna Positano

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Rusting 1950s cargo ship transformed into a stunning modern floating home

October 26, 2017 by  
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Yacht construction and house building fabulously come together in this conversion project that turned a 1957 cargo ship into a modern  floating home in Amsterdam. Dutch studio ANA architecten redesigned the structure for a client who wanted to live on the water and enjoy expansive views of Amsterdam’s canals without giving up the comforts of a traditional home. The architects shortened the ship to fit the water plot and made sure that the interior has enough space to house a modern home. Unlike most ship and barge conversions, this transformation eliminated the linear system of spaces and offers several sight lines that run the entire length of the ship and across different floors. One of the most important elements is the terrace that sits in the middle of the double-height space. Windows in the wheelhouse, portoles and the patio that leads onto the terrace provide ample natural light. Related: Coal barge in London converted into a sophisticated floating home The master bedroom functions as an independent living space and includes a pantry, bathroom, toilet and a sitting area. The kitchen sits at the core of the ship and provides a direct connection to the main living area. The wheelhouse acts as an alternative living room, which fits the overall concept of creating several seating areas throughout the interior. Related: Experimental floating office takes over a converted WWII barge The architects replaced the existing aluminum and single-glass windows with handmade mahogany frames and double glazing. An air-water heat pump extracts heat from the air and heats the ship through low-temperature floor heating. Photovoltaic panels can be installed on the roof in order to make the structure more energy-efficient. + ANA architecten

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Modern Brazilian home treats neighboring mountain as an extension of its green patio

January 4, 2017 by  
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When designing a home in a country as verdant as Brazil , it’s important to retain a strong connection to nature. Obra Arquitetos does just that with LEnS House by creating an open design, unobstructed views of the beautiful Mantiqueira mountain range, and planting a suite of lush green plants throughout. The house provides a contemplative and reflective space for a couple. Organized around a small patio , it unfolds across different levels providing views of the central open space through curved glass . The building’s dialogue with nature intensifies with height. The outdoor experience starts with the views of the patio, which features a host of plant species. Related: Brazilian House Harnesses Natural Materials and Smart Design A staircase leads to a green roof , gradually opening up more expansive views of the surrounding landscape. + Obra Arquitetos Via Archdaily Photos by Nelson Kon

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JZA+D transforms a defunct Princeton gas station into a pumping pizza joint

November 9, 2016 by  
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Nomad Pizza is a popular restaurant located near a shopping center in Princeton, New Jersey. Elements of the original modernist structure are still present both in the interior and exterior of the building. However, its current appearance and organization lend themselves to the food industry venue, making the new structure appear as though it was built with its current function in mind. Related: Tulsa Architecture Firm Turns Route 66 Gas Station Into Their Office Before conversion The main challenge that JZA+D, experienced in revitalizing the older structure was adapting the existing drive-through service bays and garage doors to the building’s new use. The team closed off the bays and portals at the rear with cedar and storefront glazing , and installed specialized doors on the front to best utilize the large garage openings. This also facilitated a connection between the dining area and the exterior spaces, creating an awning-covered patio area used when the weather is warm. + JZA+D

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House H in Madrid is a villa that fits together like a jigsaw puzzle

July 8, 2016 by  
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The house was designed for a well-known sports figure, with plenty of luxurious amenities. The ground floor accommodates the usual set of main living spaces, along with several patios that make the 14,000-square-foot house appear even bigger than it already is. Related: Mhelorza Architects’ MH Series of Bioclimatic Houses are Energy-Efficient Homes Made of Wood The first floor houses a flexible office space , guestroom, and play area for kids, while recreational and entertainment spaces like meditation rooms , gym, spa, and party areas occupy the basement level. On the outside, the facades of the main spaces are clad in stucco and feature prominent glass surfaces, while exposed concrete marks the position of the auxiliary spaces. A metallic, light-reflecting finish is features on the outside of the private quarters. + Abiboo Architecture Photos by Joao Morgado

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Mabire-Reich’s Landscape House extension maximizes outdoor spaces

February 29, 2016 by  
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All-Natural Bug Spray Recipes That Actually Get The Job Done

July 7, 2015 by  
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Summer is the time of year for being outside, whether you are picnicking, camping, doing yard work, attending a sporting event, or simply enjoying a glass of wine on your patio. Unfortunately, pesky mosquitos and other bugs can ruin this relaxing…

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Beautiful Wooden Home in Norway Is Built Around Forest Trees

August 27, 2013 by  
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How to Make DIY Outdoor Lanterns from Recycled Tin Cans in Seven Easy Steps

June 1, 2013 by  
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With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to dust off the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and start spending a lot more time outdoors. Over at Inhabitots , we’ve shared some detailed instructions for creating a beautiful set of DIY lanterns that are made from recycled tin cans. In just a few simple steps, you can create a gorgeous outdoor lantern to set the mood in your patio or balcony. Head over to Inhabitots to see how it’s done. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY lanterns , diy projects , DIY tin can lanterns , green lighting , lantern , outdoor lanter , tin can lantern        

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15 Apparel Brands Who Have Not Signed the Bangladesh Safety Accord

June 1, 2013 by  
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Following the deaths of 1,127 garment workers in the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh on April 24, more than 40 of the world’s leading apparel brands have signed the Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh . This accord holds the clothing companies legally accountable for safety and labor conditions in the factories they employ in the South Asian nation. Yet dozens of apparel brands have failed to sign the accord, including a number of major US labels. Read on to see 15 of the most egregious holdouts. READY MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Accord on Fire & Building Safety in Bangladesh , apparel workers , bangladesh safety accord , garment industry , labor rights , Rana Plaza , worker safety , workers rights        

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