An apartment complex in Amsterdam follows biophilic design principals

May 24, 2019 by  
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Dutch architecture firm  GG Loop has wrapped an apartment building in Amsterdam with a beautiful facade of timber slats. According to the architects, the design for the Freebooter Apartments incorporates a number of biophilic design principals in an attempt to connect the building’s residents with nature. In addition to its light-filtering timber screen, the building also includes a number of materials that pay homage to the city’s maritime traditions. The four-story apartment block is a prefabricated structure that was manufactured offsite using steel and cross-laminated timber. The prefabrication process not only reduced the cost and environmental footprint of the project but the construction time as well. In fact, the entire construction process only took six months from start to finish. Related: Biophilic dome homes produce more energy than they consume According to architect and founder of GG Loop Giacomo Garziano, the design for the Freebooter Apartments was inspired by the principles of biophilic design, which aims to connect architecture with natural elements. “We are part of nature in a deep and fundamental way, but in our modern lives, we’ve lost that connection,” Garziano said. “Freebooter is a response to that; as I see biophilic design as the key to truly innovative design, balancing the technical aspects of environmentally conscious construction with the qualitative, lived-in experience of an organic and natural space.” The sustainable design was focused primarily on natural materials and natural light. Before the project broke ground, the architects conducted a study of the sun’s movement over the course of the year. This analysis was instrumental in the positioning the building and placing the timber louvers at certain angles so that the interior spaces were properly lit by diffused natural light. The long vertical planks of timber cover the entire building, including the terraces. Cutouts in the timber screen allow more light to stream into certain spots of the complex. As a nod to the city’s long history of shipbuilding, the design also features various elements of marine architecture, such as the red cedar planks, pine wood, steel and glass. These aspects are found throughout the interior, where natural light , pine-clad walls and curved stairways and corridors create an atmosphere of being in a ship’s cabin. The two-story units all feature open-plan living spaces on the ground floor with the bedrooms on the second floor. Throughout the space, minimalist design features and large glass facades that open up to spacious terraces shaded by the tops of the louvers enhance the feeling of being close to nature. + GG Loop Via Wallpaper Photography by Francisco Nogueira

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A modern reusable pavilion is sustainably designed to pop-up almost anywhere

May 24, 2019 by  
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Combining art, architecture and technology, Los Angeles-based architectural firm Montalba Architects recently completed a temporary pop-up pavilion for the annual Bex & Arts sculpture triennial that’s designed to be easily disassembled and reused for future events. Set on a movable foundation that allows for minimal site impact , the Bex & Arts pavilion briefly served as a fabrication studio, exhibition space and information center on a clearing surrounded by the dramatic Swiss mountains. The lightweight structure was prefabricated in about ten days and installed with a crane on site in less than a week. Measuring just 430 square feet in size, the Bex & Arts Pavilion is one of several small-scale projects of Montalba Architects, which was recently recognized as Los Angeles’ Best Contemporary Architecture Firm in 2019 by Angeleno magazine. “ Small structures and compact spaces present an unparalleled opportunity to exquisitely, and rigorously, realize the interplay between form and substance, and intersect architecture with art,” the firm says. Montalba Architects’ Bex & Arts pavilion was prefabricated with high-performance Kerto wood panels made from peeled spruce, a custom perforated panel facade— comprising narrow, black vertical panels with voids— that lets natural light in while adding visual interest, and mineral-based Swisspearl floor panels selected for their lightweight qualities, durability, fire resistance and sustainability. The lightweight structural wood panels have also been applied to the floor and open shelving, which not only provide exhibition space but also help support the structure. Related: This minimalist timber writer’s studio in Switzerland is suspended in mid-air For the 2017 Bex & Arts sculpture triennial, the pavilion served as a visitor’s center, exhibition space for the work of invited designers and working fabrication studio where FabLab, a small-scale workshop , was open to the public for rapid prototyping. The pavilion received awards from the AIA California Council and American MasterPrize. + Montalba Architects Images by Delphine Burtin

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Casa Invisibile is an innovative, tailor-made prefab home with mirrored walls

May 14, 2015 by  
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Contemporary copper and glass-clad huts were inspired by remote island’s native villages

February 9, 2015 by  
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Austria’s Hotel Daniel Gets a LoftCube Penthouse!

October 31, 2014 by  
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Olympic Cyclist’s Bespoke Prefab Sheds Produce So Little Waste it Fits in a Garbage Bag!

September 17, 2014 by  
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Asymmetrical Happy Cheap House is a Quirky Prefab Retreat

August 29, 2014 by  
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England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks

July 25, 2014 by  
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Faced with rising sea levels, would you consider a move onto the water? Soon, a community of Londoners will have exactly that option. dRMM Architects has won the Royal Docks competition to design England’s first floating village. London Mayor Boris Johnson revealed a consortium including Carillion Igloo Genesis and Buro Happold who will together transform 15 acres of water just east of the Emirates Airline. Read the rest of England’s First Floating Village Coming Soon to East London’s Royal Docks Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Boris Johnson , dRMM , dRMM de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects , England , Floating Houses , living on water , London , London floating village , London’s first floating house , prefab design , prefabricated floating village , rising sea levels , water homes London

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One9: Nine-Story Prefab Apartment Tower was Installed in Just Five Days

July 25, 2014 by  
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Governor’s Cup Pavilion Weaves Through Trees With Over 25,000 Recycled Cups

June 9, 2014 by  
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Here at Inhabitat, we love seeing artists transform recycled materials into larger-than-life sculptures, which is why we popped over to Governors Island to check out Governor’s Cup, a giant recycled-cup sculpture. The winner of the 4th City of Dreams Pavilion Competition, this massive installation was constructed and unveiled at FIGMENT , an annual Governors Island arts event. The serpentine plastic canopy was constructed with over 25,000 recycled cups and is held together with nearly a million zip ties. Click through to see more pictures of this amazing sculpture! READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: AIANY , American Institute of Architects New York Chapter , Art , art nyc , CDR Studio , Design , Emerging New York Architects Committee , ENYA , figment festival , Governor’s Cup , governors island , hanging sculpture , installation art , interactive art , Katya Zavyalova , Kimberly Tate , plastic cups , prefab design , recycling , SEAoNY , Structural Engineers Association of New York

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