This gorgeous brick house is heated and cooled by the earth

March 1, 2017 by  
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Studio Iredale Pedersen Hook wrapped this beautiful family home in Australia with one of mankind’s oldest and most humble building materials: bricks . Located in Perth, the Applecross Residence has a dark glazed skin and a strong fluid body that connects it to the waters of the nearby Swan River . A duo of metallic legs on the side pump up geothermal heating and cooling from deep underground. The Applecross Residence explores the potential of bricks throughout its five levels. The brickwork is interpreted in different ways, with glazed dark bricks placed alongside silver ones that reflect light and color into the house. A couple of thermal chimneys provide the house with free source of heating and cooling. The home is topped by a stunning roof terrace for enjoying al-fresco meals with beautiful views of the river and Perth . Angled brickwork creates elegant window shadings that discretely filter excess sunlight. One level of the house is designed as a separate apartment, allowing friends, family and other people to occupy the site. + Iredale Pedersen Hook Photos by Peter Bennetts for Iredale Pedersen Hook

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Lotte World Tower: Mysterious Sinkholes Found at the Construction Site of Korea’s Largest Tower in Seoul

July 31, 2014 by  
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Sinkholes have appeared at the construction site of the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, the Kohn Pedersen Fox -designed skyscraper set to become the tallest structure on the Korean peninsula. At first, the appearance of holes has been reported on two roads close to the site-half a meter wide and 20 centimeters deep. Now it appears the adjacent lake is shrinking. Read the rest of Lotte World Tower: Mysterious Sinkholes Found at the Construction Site of Korea’s Largest Tower in Seoul Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: construction site halt , Kohn Pedersen Fox , leed certification , LEED certified tower Korea , Lotte World Tower , Lotte World Tower Seoul , Lotte World Tower sinkholes , sinkholes construction site , skyscraper Korea , tower Korea

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Massive Waves Could Shut Down Arctic Shipping Lanes Even as They Open

July 31, 2014 by  
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Global warming has cleared away the ice that plagued potential Arctic shipping routes, opening them up for speedier and more reliable trade. But without ice to act as a breakwater, huge swells are developing, making the shipping lanes dangerous all over again. In addition, the increasingly large waves serve to destroy the remnant ice, and pose a storm surge threat to low-lying coastal communities. Read the rest of Massive Waves Could Shut Down Arctic Shipping Lanes Even as They Open Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arctic ocean , beaufort sea , Bering Sea , coastal communities , extreme weather , global warming , north sea , rising sea levels , russia , shipping , storm surges , storms , university of washington

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Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack!

July 31, 2014 by  
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Lucid Design just unveiled a full-sized bicycle that fits into a tiny backpack! The lightweight bike can be broken down into 21 parts that fit snugly within a high quality circular bag. The Kit Bike is perfect for those who travel often and want to bring their bike along on planes, trains, and buses. Read the rest of Lucid Design’s Full-Size Bike Fits Into a Tiny Circular Backpack! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: easy assembling bike , eco design , foldable bike , green design , Kit Bike , Lucid Design , sustainable design

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Discovery of “Corrosive” Concrete Halts Construction of China’s Tallest Building

March 22, 2013 by  
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Several major construction sites in Shenzhen, one of China’s major financial centers, have been temporarily closed due to reports of the use of cheap, unsafe and corrosive concrete. A public investigation revealed that several developers working in the city have been using concrete made with sea sand instead of river sand, which results in corroding steel reinforcements that can cause buildings to collapse. Among the projects halted is the Kohn Pedersen Fox -designed Ping An Finance Center , which is set to be the tallest building in China and second tallest in the world. The investigation came across evidence that developers in Shenzhen have been using cheaper concrete made from untreated sea sand that contains high levels of steel-damaging salt and chloride. Those corrode steel reinforcements and compromise the stability of entire structures. The Shenzhen Housing and Construction Bureau reported 31 companies for the use of unqualified building materials, eight of which were deprived of the right to work in Shenzhen for a whole year. Work on the Ping An Finance Center, designed by US architectural office Kohn Pedersen Fox , has been halted and the official investigation into the city’s concrete mixing plants has started. The 115-storey super-tall skyscraper was slated for completion by 2015. Via Dezeen Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building material , China’s tallest building , Chinese architecture , concrete quality , corrosive concrete , Kohn Pedersen Fox , Ping An Finance Center , Shenzhen buildings , Shenzhen construction , unsafe concrete

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Hysan Place: Hong Kong’s First Pre-Certified LEED Platinum Building Opens in Causeway Bay

November 12, 2012 by  
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