Ultra-modern ski chalet pays homage to Ontario’s traditional farmhouses

March 7, 2019 by  
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Toronto-based Atelier Kastelic Buffey has unveiled a beautiful family ski chalet tucked into a winter wonderland landscape surrounded by Ontario’s Blue Mountains. Although the black and white Alta Chalet boasts a thoroughly modern aesthetic, the home’s extreme pitched roof was inspired by the area’s traditional farmhouse vernacular. The design also boasts a number of sustainable features such as a high-performance glazing system, ultra-tight insulation and natural air ventilation. Located in a private ski club, the massive 3,000-square-foot Alta Chalet was designed for a family of five who love the outdoors. When first approached by the clients, the designers were intent on avoiding the typical ski chalet aesthetic, instead opting for a home that would pay homage to its farmhouse history . The project was also inspired by the area’s idyllic natural surroundings. Related: Gorgeous prefab cabin is embedded into the mountainous Norwegian landscape “Alta Chalet communicates an ethos of contemporary design and elegant detailing that derives from the local vernacular tradition of the barn,” the architects explained. “Its iconic presence — defined by a reductive black-and-white color scheme and a tight, clean, gabled roof edge — complements the intelligence of its spatial and economic efficiency.” The home’s exterior is clad in jet black and bright white siding. Various blocks make up the ski chalet’s volume, which is marked by a large gable roof that looms over the lower volumes. The interior space, marked by white walls and wooden finishes, was designed with the family in mind. The open-concept kitchen, dining and living area is minimalist , but a strategic interior design scheme helps provide a welcoming living space that is perfect for both enjoying family time and entertaining guests. The home also has a south-facing outdoor deck to enjoy the crisp cold air while taking in the amazing views. Due to the extreme climate, the architects also focused on making the home as energy-efficient and resilient as possible. The ski chalet is wrapped in a low-maintenance, pre-finished Canadian pine siding and is heavily insulated to withstand the area’s frigid temperatures. Additionally, the home’s many windows are comprised of high-performance glazing in order to reduce energy loss. Along with a pleasant wood-burning fireplace, a hydronic in-floor heating system keeps the living spaces warm and toasty year-round. + Atelier Kastelic Buffey Via Freshome Photography by Shai Gil via Atelier Kastelic Buffey

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LSU researcher creates biodegradable plastic beads for Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras would not be the same without its plastic beads. For the past 200 years, people have given out freebies to parade attendees in New Orleans, starting with nuts and glass ornaments back in the day and eventually switching to the plastic beads that party-goers have grown accustomed to today. While the colorful beads have become a staple for the iconic celebration, leftover Mardi Gras beads end up littering the streets of New Orleans . Fortunately, one researcher has come up with an answer to the problem in the form of  biodegradable  beads. If the idea catches on, New Orleans could save a lot of money in cleanup and space in its landfills. In 2017, for example, the city gathered around 93,000 pounds of plastic beads after Mardi Gras was over, most of which was removed from storm drains in the city’s historic district. Related: 46 tons of Mardi Gras beads found clogging New Orleans catch basins To help curb the post-party cleanup, city officials invested in filtering devices to keep the beads from plugging up storm drains. While the devices keep the water flowing in New Orleans, they do not prevent the beads from ending up in the trash heap. But a professor at Louisiana State University named Naohiro Kato has created biodegradable beads from algae , which he hopes will replace the plastic beads traditionally given out during Mardi Gras. Although the biodegradable beads offer a long-term solution, the costs to manufacture the beads are much higher than their plastic counterparts. Unless those costs are reduced, Kato does not believe the biodegradable beads will be a viable solution. His company, Microalgae, is looking into cutting the costs by working with the nutraceutical industry, which produces algae-based products for the vegetarian market. If they are successful, the plastic beads of Mardi Gras could possibly be replaced by a much more eco-friendly alternative in the near future. Via Huffington Post Image via Patrick Black, Jr.

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Wild grasses grow atop an Icelandic homes folded roof

December 12, 2017 by  
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Wild grasses and heather temper the hard lines of this striking modern home in Iceland . Reykjavik-based Studio Granda designed B14, a villa partially built from the recycled remains of the clients’ former dwelling. The undulating landscaped roof appears to mimic the nearby Bláfjöll mountain ridge, while the roofline’s valleys and folds help collect rainwater that tricks down the walls in open copper channels. B14’s unusual fan-like roof takes inspiration from the site’s trapezoidal shape that widens on the south side. The 592-square-meter abode tucks the smaller rooms of the home, including the bedrooms, bathrooms, and laundry room, towards the north beneath sharply pitched roofs. The roof gently ripples out towards the south side where the spacious open-plan dining room, kitchen, and living area overlook the lava field through floor-to-ceiling windows. Related: Red Mountain Retreat captures the essence of the rugged Icelandic landscape In-situ concrete is the main material seen from the outside. In contrast, the interior predominately features rich kampala timber with exposed steel beams, and a host of other luxury surfaces like polished black granite and calacatta marble. A stairway built of sawn basalt and illuminated by a skylight leads down to a small basement workshop and storage space. + Studio Granda

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