Lush green roof camouflages the Chameleon Villa into the Indonesian tropics

July 16, 2018 by  
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True to its name, the Chameleon Villa is a residence that seamlessly blends into its forested surroundings in Bali thanks to its integration of a lush green roof. Designed by international architecture practice Word of Mouth House , the contemporary home spans nearly 11,000 square feet, yet deftly hides its bulk with landscaped roofs. The “camouflaged” roofs also help promote natural cooling and are integrated with rainwater collection and recycling systems as well as solar panels. Located in the village of Buwit in southwest Bali, the Chameleon Villa is set on an acre of densely forested land with steep and challenging terrain, including a level change of 36 feet. To blend the building into the site as much as possible, the designers at Word of Mouth House crafted the home as a cluster of volumes that step down the slope and are carefully positioned to follow the original contour lines and to optimize views of the river below and forest beyond. A natural materials palette  — with locally sourced elements like teak wood, iron wood and natural stone — further blends the dwelling into the landscape. Related: Beautiful bamboo pavilion in Bali translates the flexibility of yoga into architecture “We worked on the idea of ‘landscaped architecture’ by blurring the boundaries between natural and built environments,” explained the firm. “As a result, the buildings appear to be a part of the land itself sometimes disappearing within it, and then at other times, emerging from it. As per traditional Balinese architecture the different pavilions accommodate different functions and all communal spaces are kept open towards the elements whereas the bedrooms and other more private spaces such as office, gym and media room are close-able volumes.” The vibrant green roofs keep the lower spaces comfortable through passive cooling, and this vegetation also aids in rainwater collection. The residents can recycle the water for use in garden irrigation. The home also produces clean energy through solar panels, further adding to its sustainable features. + Word of Mouth House Images by Daniel Koh

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Glass elements dramatically open up a solar-powered Sydney home

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In Sydney’s affluent suburb of Kirribilli, a contemporary solar-powered home stands out from its Victorian manor neighbors. Local design practice Bijl Architecture reworked an existing semi-detached home into the Doorzien House, a two-story home that takes full advantage of its sweeping Sydney harbor views. In addition to floor-to-ceiling glazing installed in the rear of the house, glass elements are used throughout the home — in the form of skylights, flooring, highlight panels and balustrades — to fill the interior with light. The clients tapped Bijl Architecture to design a home that pursued a modern typology. To satisfy the project brief and comply with local heritage expectations, the architects restored and preserved the home’s traditional street-facing facade while inserting a contemporary zinc -clad addition to the rear side of the house that draws inspiration from the neighborhood’s naval and industrial history. The back of the property is opened up to the outdoors and overlooks views of Careening Cove, Neutral Harbor and Kurraba Point. “To embrace our clients’ desired openness and connectivity between the floor levels and surrounding context, we dismantled the existing plan,” the architects explained. “The broad Sydney Harbor view and neighboring vistas are exploited by the hybridized living spaces, while each room retains its individual focus and remains intimate and warm through the material palette and layered lighting. We oriented living spaces to the rear; multiple interior viewlines serve as a counterpoint to the expansive harbor views. This approach continues to the rear garden, with bleacher-style steps moderating the level change, extending the study and sitting room interiors to form a third living space.” Related: This self-sustaining Australian home harvests its own food, energy, and water A 3.5kW system of Nu-Lok solar roof tiles was the first approved installation for a NSW conservation area. The solar system and Redback Technologies’ Gen II inverter and battery are part of the clients’ plan to eventually move their home off-grid . + Bijl Architecture Images by Katherine Lu

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Steven Holl Architects unveils funky Parachute Hybrids residences for Moscow

February 9, 2018 by  
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Steven Holl Architects and Art-group Kamen have unveiled designs for a playful and unusual-looking mixed-use development set to rise in Moscow’s Tushino district. Punctuated by giant circles and topped with green roofs, these asymmetrical glass buildings won an international design competition, beating out proposals from the likes of Fuksas Architecture and Zaha Hadid Architects. The project draws from the site’s history as a former paratrooper airfield and proposes a new building typology that the architects call “Parachute Hybrids.” Located along the bank of the Moscow River, the new mixed-use center will comprise housing, social spaces, a kindergarten and an elementary school. A large public garden and playground space occupies the heart of the project—a reference to the site’s former use as a historic paratrooper airfield—with optimal access to natural light . “The new building type we have proposed here, inspired by the site’s history, is unique to this place,” said Steven Holl. His firm describes the “Parachute Hybrids” typology as one that “combines residential bar and slab structures with supplemental programming suspended in sections above, like parachutes frozen in the sky.” Related: Renzo Piano to convert a Moscow power station into a solar-powered arts center Sustainability is also a central component of the design. In addition to green roofs , the buildings will incorporate solar pergolas, rainwater recycling, geothermal heating and cooling, as well as optimize daylighting. Apartments will feature operable glass that opens up to balconies. + Steven Holl Architects + Art-group Kamen Images by Steven Holl Architects and Art-group Kamen

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LEED Gold BBVA Bancomer HQ is a beacon of sustainability in Mexico City

February 11, 2016 by  
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Luciano Pia’s incredible urban treehouse protects against air and noise pollution in Turin

March 11, 2015 by  
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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

July 8, 2014 by  
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$1.9 billion; 1.5 million square feet; 45 million passengers each year: this is the future of public transportation . When it is completed in 2017, San Francisco’s Transbay Transit Center will be the “Grand Central Station of the West Coast,” connecting eight Bay Area counties and the state of California with a total of 11 transit systems – all sheltered beneath a 5.4 acre rooftop park. The modern transit hub is targeting LEED Gold certification with rainwater and greywater recycling systems, natural lighting and ventilation, and an extensive geothermal system – and it will be located just steps away from one of the West Coast’s tallest skyscrapers. Inhabitat recently had a chance to take a behind-the-scenes look at this historic project – so put on your hard hat and hit the jump! Read the rest of Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: geothermal , grand central station of the west coast , Green Building , green roof , LEED gold , public transportation , rainwater recycling , Recycled Materials , rooftop park , San Francisco , Sustainable Building , tallest skyscraper , tjpa , transbay terminal , Transbay Transit Center , transit center

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INTERVIEW: Becky Northey and Peter “Pook” Cook on the Tree Shaping Art of Pooktre

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Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Residential Hotel Complex in Italy

August 5, 2013 by  
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The First Passive House in Texas is Actually an Amazing DIY Renovation

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

May 7, 2013 by  
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With projects like the Burj Khalifa under his belt, architect Adrian Smith has become synonymous with supertall skyscrapers – so it’s no surprise that his firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill , is the creative force behind Imperial Tower , a 116-story tower that’s proposed for Mumbai. The only problem with building such a tall tower in Mumbai is dealing with the wind, but AS+GG have come up with a solution for that. The firm claims that the skinny tower is aerodynamically shaped to “confuse the wind.” Strange as that may sound, the tower will also feature several sky gardens that the firm says will further help to break up wind currents around the building. Read the rest of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Adrian Smith” , “AS+GG” , Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill , Bombay , gray water recycling , green skyscraper , green skyscrapers , high rises , Imperial Tower , India , Mumbai , rainwater harvesting , rainwater recycling , Sky-Gardens , skyscrapers , solar gain , supertall buildings        

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