Worlds northernmost plus-energy office could spark an energy revolution

January 18, 2017 by  
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Building the first office in Norway that produces more energy than it consumes is already a hefty goal, but real estate developer Emil Eriksrød wants to take it another step further. The young entrepreneur has a vision for inspiring the rest of the world with a plus-energy office building, the northernmost of its kind in the world that will be located in Porsgrunn, a tiny Norwegian town with a population of less than 35,000. Designed by Snøhetta , the Powerhouse Telemark features a unique diamond shape optimized for harvesting solar energy and minimizing energy expenditure. Eriksrød and Snøhetta see the ambitious Powerhouse Telemark project as an opportunity to put Norway on the map for energy solutions. It’s also part of Eriksrød’s goal to inspire commercial real estate developers worldwide to invest in energy-plus buildings in cities of all sizes. “I hope we will be plagiarised and copied, replicated in all seven continents,” said Eriksrød. “This building should do wonders in lowering the bar for daring to do both spectacular and environmentally forward buildings, hopefully in a combination. Just imagine, when Porsgrunn has the customer base for such a building, imagine how many other places that have the same potential. There are tens of thousands of cities with a bigger population in the world.” Related: Ultra modern PV+ House boasts scissored solar panels for a super energy boost The $17 million Powerhouse Telemark has a site-specific design with a diamond-shaped form optimized for harvesting solar energy . Heat exchangers and heat pumps will also produce electricity and heat for the building. The 11-story office building will comprise 6,500 square meters of space with modern office facilities, a foyer, gym, canteen, and a roof terrace surrounded by climbing plants. “This project proves that energy positive buildings can pay off commercially. It took us about a year to have the renters needed to make the building profitable. The world needs a lot of energy positive buildings. Hopefully this great building in our little town, can be the start of thousands of similar Powerhouses,” said Eriksrød. The project is slated for completion in 2019. + Snøhetta Photo illustration by Loft Visual Group/Snøhetta, renderings by Snøhetta

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COBE and Transform Architects Open Jagged, Aluminum-Clad Maritime Museum in Norway

December 17, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of COBE and Transform Architects Open Jagged, Aluminum-Clad Maritime Museum in Norway Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aluminium facade , Architecture , COBE architects , danish architecture , industrial design , museum design , Norway Architecture , Porsgrunn Maritime Museum and Exploratorium , TRANSFORM architects , Urban design , urban renewal architecture        

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INFOGRAPHIC: Homes of Classic Literature

December 16, 2013 by  
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Do you sometimes dream of building your own Hobbit house ? How about a mansion modeled after the Secret Garden? NeoMam Studios recently produced a new infographic for Terrys Fabrics that provides detailed floor plans for 9 homes from classic literature. Check them all out after the break – from Dr Jekyll’s laboratory to Dracula’s keep and Jane Eyre’s estate! 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! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Homes of Classic Literature Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: architecture in fiction , architecture in literature , fictional architecture , Green Building , green design , Hobbit House , homes of classic literature , infographic , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , the hobbit        

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Open Air Gjennomsikte Pavilion Doubles as a Lakeside Retreat and Theater Stage

November 28, 2013 by  
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This project was built in connection with the walkabout project (Breddelangs), which is a local initiative organized to bring awareness to the Lahelle river area. The green park surrounding the pavilion has become quite a popular place for local families despite the fact that the lot was formerly labeled as a  toxic, polluted space. The area has been transformed quite a bit recently in order to erase traces of its former industrial past: new real estate projects have been approved and a community arts center has opened recently. To further enhance the area along the riverbanks, local municipalities have plans to develop a large network of pedestrian and bicycle connections . + Kollaboratoriet Via Arch Daily Photos by Feileacán McCormick and Anna Andrea Vik Aniksdal Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Architecture , community space , Eco Architecture , eco building , Gjennomsikte Pavilion , green architecture , Kollaboratoriet , norway , Norway Architecture , Norwegian , Porsgrunn , public buildings , public space , riverside , skien , Sustainable Materials , theater , theatre , theatre space , timber structures , urban development        

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