Steven Holls new solar-powered concert hall plays up the dramatic contrast between new and old

July 16, 2019 by  
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New York-based Steven Holl Architects and Architecture Acts has won an international competition to design the new 1,300-seat concert hall in Ostrava, Czech Republic. Created as a “perfect acoustic instrument in its case,” the acoustics-driven design has a strikingly contemporary appearance with a rounded zinc-clad exterior that stands in dramatic contrast with the Ostrava Cultural Center, a modern classicism-style building that will be overlapped by the new concert hall. In addition to optimized acoustics, the shape of the new building is engineered to minimize energy demands and the hall will be entirely powered by rooftop solar panels. Slated to begin construction in 2022, the new building has a roughly teardrop-shaped form with the concert hall positioned at the rear to shield it from urban traffic noise. The new entrance on the promenade appears to float over the top of the existing Cultural center and connects to a new sky-lit lobby. The rounded facade is clad in zinc with a titanium oxide smog-eating coating and punctuated with triple-glazed windows to prevent heat gains. The roof is topped with solar panels, while stormwater will be collected from the roofs of the Cultural Center and the new building and then treated and collected in a garden pond to create a cooling microclimate. Related: Zaha Hadid Architects wins bid for Russia’s new Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall “The smooth case of zinc holds an “instrument” in an extended vineyard-type plan made of concrete and maple wood,” explain the architects in a press statement. “Czech composer, Leoš Janá?ek’s theories of time will guide and give order to the concert hall’s interior geometry. Acoustic wall panels are organized according to scasovani, or rhythm, in three variants: Znici = sounding; Scitaci = counting; and Scelovac = summing.” The new concert hall will fulfill a decades-long dream of Ostrava to provide a more suitable space for the Janá?ek Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the leading orchestras in the Czech Republic . The concert hall competition was the biggest architectural competition in the city’s recent history. The opening ceremony for the new concert hall and refurbished Ostrava Cultural Center building is scheduled for 2024. + Steven Holl Architects Images Courtesy of Steven Holl Architects

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The Perfect Green Grad Gift: A Refurbished Laptop

May 7, 2018 by  
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The fateful day finally arrived. My trusty computer bit the … The post The Perfect Green Grad Gift: A Refurbished Laptop appeared first on Earth911.com.

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LEGO Commits to Sustainable Packaging

May 7, 2018 by  
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LEGO bricks have been around for nearly 80 years and … The post LEGO Commits to Sustainable Packaging appeared first on Earth911.com.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays

December 8, 2014 by  
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Have you heard the term “closing the loop” with regard to holiday shopping? It refers to the idea of purchasing items made with recycled materials instead of brand-new products, like recycling a cell phone and then buying a refurbished one. Similarly, one can “close the loop” with decorations and wrappings by recycling any waste one year , and then choosing recycled cards and paper the following year. If everyone were to give sustainable , reusable gifts to their friends and family, and then recycle all the garbage created during get-togethers, we could cut down on a lot of landfill waste this year. Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Recycling tips for the holidays Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cards , eco friendly presents , eco-friendly gifts , green christmas , green gift ideas , green gifts , green hanukkah , green holidays , green yule , Holiday , holidays , infographic , Recycle , recycled , recycled cards , recycled paper , recycled wrapping paper , recycling , refurbished , refurbished gift , refurbished gifts , reusable gift ideas , Sustainable , sustainable gift ideas , sustainable gifts , Wrapping Paper

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Starbucks’ Willy Wonka Coffee Factory & Largest Store Ever Opens in Seattle

December 8, 2014 by  
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Unisex Fashion Blends Army Surplus with Modern Appeal for Spring 2011 (Photos)

October 14, 2010 by  
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Photo: Tunji Dada From army surplus fabrics and a blend of latex and organic cotton, Tunji Dada gets playful with sustainable textiles for Spring 2011 . As seen on Eco Hookups , the New York-based designer’s “Furbished: Refurbished Spring 2011 Neo-Sex Collection” merges…

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Thames Beats Out Amazon and Yellow River for Prize

October 14, 2010 by  
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Canada Becomes First Nation to Officially List BPA as Toxic

October 13, 2010 by  
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Photo: Steven Depolo , Flickr Effective immediately, the chemical Bisphenol A is officially considered toxic in Canada. BPA, as you’re likely aware, is a chemical commonly found in plastics, food cans, water bottles, and paper receipts. BPA mimics the hormone estrogen and has been linked to a number of severe health woes, including breast cancer and early puberty in women .

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NYC Launches Hybrid Zipcar Program for City Employees

October 13, 2010 by  
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Photo: Mark E. Seitelman New York City has just become the biggest city in the nation to launch an effort to clear congestion and reduce pollution by offering city employees access to a car-sharing program. The pilot program, helmed by ZipCar, only involves 25 cars and 300 employees, but it’s a promising start.

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Gutsy Goats Caught Scaling Super-Steep Dam (Pics)

October 13, 2010 by  
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Photo via Peter Bosshard / International Rivers Dams are among the most monumental examples of mankind’s engineering savvy, though they’re also perhaps the most environmentally impactful , too — but none of that could keep this brave herd of Ibex goats from scaling the sheer face of one such dam in Italy.

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