MVRDV unveils solar-powered Milestone building that looks like a crystal rock

January 31, 2018 by  
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MVRDV just unveiled designs for a new mixed-use building in Esslingen, Germany that looks as if it were unearthed from a crystal mine. Dubbed The Milestone, the 6,500-square-meter tower “will literally be a milestone,” say the architects, due to the structure’s crystalline facade that and eye-catching design that symbolizes the city’s future ambition. The building also incorporates sustainable building elements, such as photovoltaic panels and fritted glass to reduce solar gain, and is expected to become partly self-sufficient in the future. Located in Stuttgart in the south of Germany , Esslingen boasts a robust historic core as well as a number of recent regeneration projects in the area of “Neue Weststadt” around the main railway station. The Milestone was commissioned to draw attention to the town and its ambitious projects in the center of the newly developed district that will accommodate a university, housing, and retail. “MVRDV’s ambition is to generate a building that shows the city of Esslingen and at the same time, opens up to its surrounding and its users,” write the architects. “To the people who pass by on the train, and to those that look at the city from the hills ‘Here We Are.’ It shows its pride, its history and its future.” Related: China’s new futuristic library is unlike any we’ve seen before The Milestone’s part-mirrored, part-transparent facade will feature an interactive surface that communicates the area’s topography and history. Each square “pixel” panel on the facade is embedded with technology and integrated QR codes to show stories of the city and users will be able to learn more through an accompanying smartphone app. The large gap in the pixelated facade, called the “Essingler Room,” is for public use and made up of stairs, terraces and platforms that provide views of vineyards and surrounding hills. Public amenities will include a restaurant cafe and meeting areas, while the upper levels are occupied by modern office spaces. Construction is slated to begin in 2020. + MVRDV Images via MVRDV

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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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New net-zero Solar Farmhouse from Deltec generates all its own energy

January 24, 2017 by  
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In these uncertain times of erratic weather and changing climate patterns, net-zero energy (or NZE) is quickly becoming the gold standard in green building. If you can generate all of your own energy on site, you never need to rely on the grid or worry about energy bills. The North Carolina prefab builders at Deltec launched a line of affordable net-zero energy homes last year to great fanfare from off-grid buffs around the U.S. Now we’re thrilled to see them introduce a brand new design to this collection; a charming, classically-styled Solar Farmhouse with all of the old-fashioned curb appeal, plus the futuristic technology that makes this home achieve net-zero energy.

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Solar-powered airtight Pond House can be heated with a hairdryer

March 28, 2016 by  
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Horseshoe-shaped tourist center in Hungary gets its power from the sun

February 23, 2016 by  
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ANMA transformed marine hangars into a naturally-ventilated housing block in Bordeaux

July 17, 2015 by  
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7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall

November 17, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 7-Story Indoor Green Wall is an Enormous Air Filter for Solar-Powered Seoul City Hall Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , “green wall” , “living wall” , “low-e glass” , “sustainable architecture” , City Hall , geothermal energy , Guinness World Record , indoor green wall , indoor vertical garden , photovoltaic panels , renewable energy , seoul , seoul city hall , solar heat gain , Solar Power , south korea , sustainable city hall , vertical garden , world’s largest vertical garden

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TGH Architects Gives a LEED Platinum Upgrade to Hupomone Ranch in California

October 7, 2014 by  
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Kickstart the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit and You Could Catch Oil Polluters Right in Your Backyard

October 7, 2014 by  
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Have you ever wondered what kind of pollutants could be leaking into your backyard? Public Lab recently unveiled a DIY open source kit that lets you identify oil pollution by type and where it might be coming from. Designed to empower residents and impede major polluters from shirking responsibility, the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit uses an open source spectrometer and ultraviolet laser to match suspected samples with known samples of crude oil, motor oil, heating oil, or other petroleum-based contaminants. Can’t wait to get your hands on one of your own? Support Public Lab’s Kickstarter today to secure your spot on their Beta Testing Program. + The Homebrew Oil Testing Kit Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , homebrew oil testing kit , kickstarter , oil polluters , oil pollution identification , open source , Public Lab , reader submitted content , spectrometer , ultraviolet laser

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Yusuke Asai Paints Sprawling Earth Art Murals From Texan Soil

October 7, 2014 by  
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