Americas largest modern timber building pieces together like LEGO

November 30, 2016 by  
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The nation’s largest timber building has officially opened its doors in Minneapolis. Designed by Vancouver-based Michael Green Architecture and Architect-of-Record DLR Group , the seven-story tower is the first modern wooden building of its kind to have been built in over 100 years. Created from prefabricated timber panels, the 224,000-square-foot building’s structural system was quickly pieced together like LEGO blocks on-site at a speed far exceeding conventional steel-framed and concrete buildings. Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, T3 mimics its historic warehouse neighbors with its blocky shape, but steers clear of the heavy bulk. The wooden building’s structural system—mostly cross-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber—weighs approximately one-fifth of similarly sized concrete buildings. 180,000 square feet of timber framing was installed in less than 10 weeks. The majority of the wood is beetle-kill pine sustainably harvested from the Pacific Northwest. The prefabricated timber panels were combined with a spruce glulam post-and-beam frame, all of which sits atop a concrete slab. Related: White Arkitekter wins bid to design Sweden’s tallest timber building The 224,000-square-foot mixed-use building houses office and retail space in a light-filled modern interior that celebrates the timber construction. “The entire timber structure of T3 was left exposed and illuminated with a percentage of the interior lighting directed up to the ceiling,” said Candice Nichol, MGA Associate and T3 Project Lead. At night, “the illuminated wood glows from the exterior similar to a lantern.” + Michael Green Architecture + DLR Group Images via Ema Peter

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Beautiful prefab box is a modern light-filled extension to a historic barn

November 1, 2016 by  
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Constructed from cross-laminated timber , the modern extension is punctuated by large windows that let in natural light and frame views of the garden. A bay window on the existing barn was removed and replaced with a short, all-glazed link that connects the historic building with the modern extension and minimizes visual disruption. “We approached the scheme with the aim to set the works into the surrounding nature, provide natural light, harness the fantastic views and provide a social heart to the house and for the family,” write the architects. Related: The Austen House is a tiny timber-clad home suspended between two buildings The extension comprises a large open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living room that opens up to the garden through large glazed sliding doors. A partition separates the open-plan space from the study, bathroom, and utility area. The light-filled extension is minimally and tastefully furnished and aimed “to increase the excitement when entering the property.” + Adam Knibb Architects Via Dezeen Images via Adam Knibb Architects , James Morris

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Off-grid farmhouse on Australias remote French Island runs on solar energy

July 7, 2016 by  
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20VnWR-cfSA With no sealed roads, Australia’s French Island is only accessible by passenger ferry or charter barge service. As a result, off-site prefabrication was the most sensible option for the farmhouse project. Ecoliv delivered the farmhouse in two phases, beginning with site modifications and the installation of waste treatment systems, water collection, photovoltaic power supply, and other important services for comfortable off-grid living. The second stage consisted of off-site prefabrication followed by the installation of the five farmhouse modules that were transported via barge across Victoria’s Westernport Bay. Related: Off-grid home keeps naturally cool in the lush Australian rainforest To provide protection against the site’s harsh winds, the farmhouse is arranged in a courtyard layout to shelter a central outdoor patio closed in with glazing on four sides. The roofs are angled inwards to facilitate water collection , while solar energy is harnessed via photovoltaic panels on the side of the secondary building. The house is elevated off the ground to minimize site disturbance and is clad in steel and Australian hardwood. Large windows overlook a 270-degree view of the sea towards the Bass Strait and the surrounding rolling pastures. + Ecoliv Images via Ecoliv

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New bike "greenway" stretching from Florida to Maine is 31% complete

July 7, 2016 by  
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If you live along the East Coast of the United States, you may have noticed road signs that designate a particular stretch of road or path as part of the East Coast Greenway . This mega-project aims to create a cohesive and safe bike route that traverses nearly the entire East Coast. Since 1991, the East Coast Greenway has pieced together existing infrastructure and worked to develop new paths in pursuit of this goal. As of 2016, 850 miles of trail have been established, though the project is still only 31% complete. The East Coast Greenway is designed to add an additional 200 miles to its system by 2020. The Greenway winds through 15 states in a path that is built around river trails and old railroads. “Even though a pretty small percentage of the trail ’s miles actually pass through cities, it’s still very much an urban story,” says Eric Weis, Director of Greenway Development. Weis describes the early phase of ECG as primarily an effort to connect the various urban corridors that existed throughout the East Coast. “We can’t get this done with a top-down approach,” says Dennis Markatos-Soriano, executive director of East Coast Greenway Alliance. The ECGA relies on regional coordinators and volunteers to facilitate the local organizing required of the project. Related: Detroit painted 170 miles of new bike lanes – and bike commuting soared 400% As it pedals forward, the East Coast Greenway has received little resistance from state and local communities. The annual budget for the ECGA has doubled since 2010, from $470,00 to nearly $1 million, while broader American culture and sensibilities have shifted towards a less car-centric transportation system. The Greenway is “one of those universally appealing projects, ” says Markatos-Soriano. “It’s not a question of when the Greenway will get done, it’s a matter of how fast.” In addition to the health and environmental benefits of expanded bike infrastructure, the Greenway is designed as a grand cultural corridor through an historic region. In Markatos-Soriano’s view, the East Coast Greenway is “about seeing America at the right speed, where you can take in all of the culture around you, and you don’t have a windshield between yourself and the community.” Via CityLab Images via Flickr   (1)

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Beautiful bamboo playhouse in Kuala Lumpur raises the material’s sustainable profile

July 7, 2016 by  
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The freestanding construction is found at the edge of a peaceful lake, and consists of 31 identical square landings. The alternating heights of the decks create an engaging floorpan for visitors, as do the tall columns in the center of each section, sprouting from the floor like a tree to support the roof. Hanging bamboo treehouses , referred to as “baskets,” are found throughout the structure, adding height and a playful spirit. Related: First full bamboo school in Philippines stands up to tough stormwinds Inspiration for the playhouse comes from “wakafs,” or simple shelters built for entire communities to share. The design serves as a collection of such wakafs in the center stretch of the gardens, inviting children and adults alike to gather under its shade. Performances and exhibitions have been held in the space, generating a geniuine community atmosphere. + Eleena Jamil Architect Via  World Architecture News Images via Marc Tey Photography

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Gorgeous prefab alpine restaurant tops a Swedish ski slope

March 15, 2016 by  
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Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob

May 2, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Mexico’s sublime Milan Expo 2015 pavilion resembles corn on the cob Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Milan Expo , culture , gastronomy , green architecture , green design , history , italy , mexican food , Mexico Pavilion , milan expo , milan expo 2015 , natural light , Photos , prefabricated , recyclable , shade , sustainable design , World Expo , world expo 2015

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POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals

November 17, 2014 by  
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South African architect Clara da Cruz Almeida and designers Dokter + Misses have just launched a new and sustainable pod living system, the POD-Indawo . The locally designed and manufactured “nano-pod home” provides environmentally responsible  urban living solutions specifically designed to meet the needs of today’s South African residents, especially young professionals. Read the rest of POD-Indawo Offers a Compact Sustainable Living Concept for Young South African Professionals Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , clara da cruz almeida , collaborate000 architects , customise , Design , dokter + misses , Homes , indawo lifepod , modular design , prefabricated , small spaces , Solar Power , tiny houses , urban living

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Prefabs for Hermit Crabs

August 20, 2014 by  
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  Prefabricated homes have really evolved over the years, to the point where they really do come in all shapes and sizes. 3D printing has been of immense benefit in this regard, with the world’s first 3D-printed house currently being assembled in Amsterdam . Prefabricated houses aren’t just for people, however, and groups around the world have been putting their creative talents towards creating homes for animals in need… and one of the species being designed for is the ever-fascinating hermit crab. Read the rest of Prefabs for Hermit Crabs Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D printed crab shells , 3D printing , crab shells , crabs , Elizabeth Demaray , Hand-Up , hermit crabs , Prefab , PREFAB FOR HERMIT CRABS , prefabricated , prefabricated crab shells , project shellter , shellter , shelter

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Tiny Timber Noa is a Playful, Six-Sided Prefab Modular Cabin in Estonia

February 14, 2014 by  
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