Gorgeous Bostanl Bridge doubles as public park, designed for sunset watching

March 16, 2017 by  
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This beautiful footbridge in Izmir, Turkey, offers much more than a passage from one side of Bostanl? Creek to the other. The timber-clad bridge doubles as a public park with a cascading seating structure that complements the adjacent Bostanl? Sunset Lounge. Studio Evren Ba?bu?: steb designed both the bridge and lounge area as vibrant urban spaces that offer stunning views of the bay. Both interventions are part of the ?zmir Sea coastal regeneration project designed to turn the site into a public attraction point in Izmir’s Kar??yaka district. Perfectly aligned with the masterplan , the footbridge connects two sides of Bostanl? Creek, but also function as a place to rest and enjoy beautiful sunsets. Bow-shaped and elongated, the building uses a girder geometry to allow the passage of small boats underneath. The steel frame supports several cascading thermo-wood surfaces that can be used as seating surfaces. Related: Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris The same materiality and design concept extends to the Bostanl? Sunset Lounge, which forms an inviting urban space that stretches between the artificial slope and the embankment. Wide ash wood gives warmth to the project which promotes an easy way of living–the vision of the entire Izmir Sea coastal regeneration initiative. + Studio Evren Ba?bu?: steb Via Archdaily Photos by ZM Yasa Architecture Photography

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Breezy addition keeps cool in Melbournes summers with smart passive design

March 16, 2017 by  
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Sustainability and a tight budget were the driving features for this bright and airy lean-to extension to a detached 1960s home. Designed by Warc Studio , the timber-and-glass addition houses a spacious open-plan living area, dining space, and kitchen that connect to a rear garden. To meet sustainability requirements, the architects used locally and sustainably sourced timber, stressed resource efficiency , and promoted natural cooling with operable window openings and solar shading fins. Located in the Melbourne suburb of Oakleigh, Australia, the new addition was inspired by the mono-pitched lean-to structures prevalent to the homes in the area. The architects put a modern twist on the seemingly ubiquitous building structure by combining two gabled roofs with differing gradients. “The design program was driven by resource efficiency which was essential to delivering both economic and sustainable objectives,” wrote the architects. “The resulting roof form provides a compact building envelope: the surface area of the additions are around 12% less than if a flat roof / flat ceiling solution had been employed with the same built volume. This in turn translates to increased efficiency of the thermal envelope and reduced capital material consumption.” Related: Old bungalow transformed into a light-filled dwelling with recycled brick Large windows open the new addition up to views and natural light , reducing reliance on artificial lighting. To mitigate solar heat gain, the architects strategically placed window openings and an automated operable roof window for cross-ventilation . Laminated timber fins jut out from the glass panes to provide shade. The roof is lined with white steel sheet lining to minimize solar heat gain. + Warc Studio Via ArchDaily Images © Aaron Pocock

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First fluorescent frog in the world found in South America

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Scientists found the first fluorescent frog in the world – by accident – in South America . Researchers at Buenos Aires’ Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum stumbled across the discovery while studying pigment in polka dot tree frogs, which are common in the continent. Beneath an ultraviolet (UV) light , the otherwise dull-colored frog glows bright blue and green. Fluorescence – or the ability to take in light at short wavelengths and re-emit it at longer wavelengths – is found in several ocean creatures but is incredibly rare on land. Only some scorpions and parrots were known to possess it until now, and this is the very first amphibian we’ve found that fluoresces. Scientists don’t really know why creatures are fluorescent; they could be communicating, attracting mates, or concealing themselves. Related: Biofluorescent sharks glow bright green in the depths of the sea The scientists initially thought the frog might glow a faint red because it contains the pigment biliverdin, which gives some some insects a slight red fluorescence. But when the researchers shone a UVA flashlight on polka dot tree frogs that came from the Santa Fe, Argentina area, they were amazed to see the brown-green frogs glow bright green and blue instead. The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published their research on March 13. Study co-author Maria Gabriella Lagoria told Chemistry World, “This is very different from fluorophores found in other vertebrates, which are usually proteins or polyenic chains.” And there could be even more fluorescent frogs that we haven’t discovered yet. Co-author Julián Faivovich told Nature, “I’m really hoping that other colleagues will be very interested in this phenomenon, and they will start carrying a UV flashlight to the field.” He plans to seek fluorescence in 250 other tree frog species that have translucent skin like the polka dot tree frog. Via Nature and The Guardian Images via Carlos Taboada et al

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

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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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Spectacular Lucky Knot bridge in China twists and turns like a Mbius Strip

October 27, 2016 by  
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Located in the megacity Changsha’s rapidly developing New Lake District, Lucky Knot spans the Dragon King Harbor River and serves as an auspicious icon for the region. The steel-framed bridge stretches 185 meters in length and 24 meters in height and is painted red—a color symbolizing good luck and happiness in Chinese culture. The bridge’s unusual shape combines the principles behind the Möbius Strip and Chinese knotting, a decorative handicraft art typically made with red rope, and often used as auspicious wall hangings. The Lucky Knot’s eye-catching design isn’t the only way it stands out from most pedestrian bridges . Public engagement was a big focus of the design, which was crafted with recreational, ecological, and tourist activities in mind. Multiple landing platforms and cutouts, as well as the bridge’s multiple swooping levels that connect to different heights like the riverbank and the elevated park, encourage a sense of play. An LED light show brings the bridge to life at night. The undulating bridge offers stunning views of the river, Meixi Lake, the city of Changsha, and the surrounding mountains. Related: Bat bridge provides shelter for our winged friends in the Dutch town of Monster “The Lucky Knot is more than a bridge and a connection between two river banks. Its success lays in bringing cultures together, and in the fusion of history, technology, art, innovation, architecture and spectacle,” said NEXT architects Beijing partner Jiang Xiaofei. + NEXT architects Images © NEXT architects / Photography: Julien Lanoo

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Finlands longest bridge will be a beautiful pedestrian and cyclist superhighway

September 27, 2016 by  
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The architects collaborated with engineering firm WSP Finland to design this tram, cyclist and pedestrian bridge, the name of which translates to Crown Bridges in Finnish. The €259 million project will cross Helsinki ‘s Kruunuvuorensilta bay and connect the new Kruunuvuorenranta housing development to the city center. Related: Sunken Pedestrian Bridge in the Netherlands Parts Moat Waters Like Moses! Tensioned cable stays will support the upper part of the structure featuring an elevated walkway and tram tracks . The central, 442-feet-tall pylon has a diamond-like shape that references the crown. The project is expected to break ground in late 2018 and become open to the public in 2025. + Knight Architects + WSP Finland Via Dezeen

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How the timber-clad Claude Bernard overpass supports Paris’ climate plan

June 9, 2016 by  
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The 100-meter (328 foot) wooden structure features broad-stepped stairways on the sides and landscaped ramps for easier access. Rest areas and panoramic viewpoints are placed at its middle, providing expansive views of the area. Related: Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris As the curve of the walkway rises, the profile of the decking varies, creating a seamless transition from the streets. Designed for pedestrians and cyclists, the overpass enhances visual and spatial proximity and functions as a natural extension of both sides of the Boulevard Périphérique. In order to create a structure with a human scale in mind, the architects had to reduce its height, which they achieved by designing arches encased in a protective shell that serves as a safety barrier. This enhances the structural stability of the beams and reduces the weight of the entire structure. Timber cladding is placed over the metal framework, and patterns of double-sided timber fretwork provide visual connection between pedestrians and the drivers bellow. Taller planks are placed at the center with narrower spacing, creating a partially enclosed space that obstructs views of the traffic. + DVVD Via v2com Lead photo by Luc Boegly

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LIVIN Farms makes growing sustainable and healthy protein as easy as compost

November 12, 2015 by  
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Gateway Villetaneuse footbridge unfurls like a leaf over train tracks outside Paris

April 5, 2015 by  
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London’s New Footbridge Rises Like a Fan Over Grand Union Canal

October 2, 2014 by  
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